Entrance Requirements
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- algebra I,
- geometry, and
- algebra II.
Because we wanted to look at a student's mastery level as well as the number of courses taken, we calculated the number of grade points each student had in high school mathematics courses using the following scale:
A | A- | B+ | B | B- | C+ | C | C- | D+ | D | D- | F |
4 | 3.7 | 3.3 | 3 | 2.7 | 2.3 | 2 | 1.7 | 1.3 | 1 | 0.7 | 0 |
After converting each grade to its numerical value, we found the sum of these numbers to get the number of grade points for a student. For example, a student who earns A's in two semesters of algebra I and B's in two semesters of geometry has 4+4+3+3=14 grade points while a student who receives C's in these courses has 2+2+2+2=8 grade points. Eight semesters of A's yields 32 grade points.
Here is what we found for our most elementary courses, none of which has any specific prerequisites other than the college entrance requirement.
MATH 105 - Finite Mathematics
Grade Point Interval | Percent Finishing with C- or better Grade |
Less than 8 At least 8 & less than 16 At least 16 & less than 24 At least 24 |
38.4% 55.3% 82% 85.7% |
MATH 112 - Math for Elementary Teachers
The grades in this course run slightly higher than in the other two courses. This may be partly due to the fact that grades of C- or lower cannot apply toward certification. The surprisingly low success number for the last group of students arises from an unusual number of students in that category withdrawing from the course.Grade Point Interval | Percent Finishing with C- or better Grade |
Less than 8 At least 8 & less than 16 At least 16 & less than 24 At least 24 |
57.2% 91.8% 94.7% 85.8% |
MATH 206 - Applied Statistics
Grade Point Interval | Percent Finishing with C- or better Grade |
Less than 8 At least 8 & less than 16 At least 16 & less than 24 At least 24 |
0% 71.1% 82.6% 90.3% |
After studying these data, we concluded that students need at least 16 grade points in high school mathematics courses. Since a student with three years of high school mathematics with grades of C will have 12 grade points, it seemed reasonable to require three years of high school mathematics. Of course, a student with only two years of high school mathematics with all A grades will have 16 grade points, and such a student may wish to meet the entrance requirement by passing the Basic Algebra/Geometry Placement Test. However, this method of meeting the entrance requirement is risky and not recommended.
Other Colleges and Universities
The following table shows mathematics entrance requirements at various colleges and universities as of the writing of this document.College/University | Entrance requirement | |
University of Washington | 3 years after pre-algebra | |
Washington State University | 3 years after pre-algebra including geometry | |
Oregon State University | 3 years after pre-algebra | |
University of Oregon | 3 years after pre-algebra | |
Pacific Union College | 2 years after pre-algebra | |
La Sierra University | 3 years after pre-algebra | |
Andrews University | High school diploma | |
Southern Adventist University | 2 years after pre-algebra |