Math Placement
St. Louis Community College uses multiple measures for placing students into their
initial courses including previous course work, high school GPA and standardized test
scores. Placement testing may be required prior to advisement and registration.
STLCC determines math placement based on 6 levels.
 Level 1 is recommended (not required) for students who demonstrate need to enroll in additional
math support.
 All students have the option to start at Level 2.
 Students who meet specific criteria may opt for the math classes available at Level 3.
 Level 4 is reserved for students who place into Precalculus Algebra.
 Level 5 is reserved for students who place into PreCalculus, Survey of Calculus, or Trigonometry.
 Level 6 is reserved for students who place into Analytic Geometry & Calculus I.
When reviewing the levels below, you will see the question “Are you a STEM student?”
A STEM student is a student pursuing a major or career in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math field.
Be sure to learn about the courses required for your major in our Catalog before reviewing placement. Your student success advisor, program coordinator, or
admissions representative should be able to assist you with this, if needed.
Check out the criteria for each level below!
MTH 020: PreAlgebra / or / Longbow Program (Free)
Are you a STEM Student?
YES: You qualify to take MTH 140S (Intermediate Algebra with Support); however, it is
recommended that you either take MTH 020: PreAlgebra or enroll in the Longbow program
to ensure you are adequately prepared for collegelevel coursework.
NO: You qualify to take MTH 161S, MTH 180S, or MTH 140S; however, it is recommended that
you either take MTH 020: PreAlgebra or enroll in the Longbow program to ensure you
are adequately prepared for collegelevel coursework.
Although there are no prerequisites for Level 1, it is recommended that students
who enroll in MTH 020 or Longbow meet one of the criteria below:
High School GPA 
Below 2.60 
ACT Math SubScore 
Below 17 
Math Placement Test Score **Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics Score

Below 244 
Math Placement Test Score **Arithmetic Score

200250 
SAT Math Score 
Below 460 
MTH 180S: Intro to Statistics with Support / or / MTH 161S: Quantitative Reasoning With Support / or / MTH 140S: Intermediate Algebra With Support / or / MTH 108: Elementary Applied Math
Are you a STEM Student?
YES: Your first math class should probably be MTH 140S: Intermediate Algebra with Support.
If it has been a while since you passed a math class, consider taking MTH 020: PreAlgebra
or enrolling in the Longbow program.
NO: Your first math class should probably be either MTH 180S : Introductory Statistics
with Support or MTH 161S: Quantitative Reasoning with Support. You may also take MTH
140S: Intermediate Algebra with Support. If it has been a while since you passed a
math class, consider taking MTH 020: PreAlgebra or enrolling in the Longbow program.
Although there are no prerequisites for Level 2, it is recommended that students who enroll in MTH 180S, MTH 161S, MTH 140S, or MTH
108 meet one of the criteria below:
High School GPA 
Below 3.0 
ACT Math SubScore 
Below 19 
Math Placement Test Score **Must be in Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics

244263 
SAT Math Score 
Below 500 
HiSet Score 
Below 12 
High School Math Class 
Algebra II or below with grade of C or higher in the last 2 years 
MTH 180: Intro to Statistics / or / MTH 161: Quantitative Reasoning / or / MTH 160S: Precalculus Algebra With Support / or / MTH 140: Intermediate Algebra
Are you a STEM Student?
YES: Your first math class should probably be MTH 160S: Precalculus Algebra With Support.
If it has been a while since you passed a math class, consider taking MTH 140S: Intermediate
Algebra With Support.
NO: Your first math class should probably be either MTH 180: Introductory Statistics
or MTH 161: Quantitative Reasoning. You may also take MTH 160S: Precalculus Algebra
with Support. ;If it has been a while since you passed a math class, consider taking
the 5 credit version (MTH 161S or MTH 180S) with extra support built in.
Please consider enrolling for MTH 140, MTH 160S, MTH 161, or MTH 180 if you meet one
of the criteria below.
High School GPA 
3.0 or Higher 
ACT Math SubScore 
1921 
Math Placement Test Score **Must be in Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics

264300 
SAT Math Score 
500530 
HiSet Score 
1214 
High School Math Class 
Algebra II with grade of B or higher in the last 3 years 
MTH 160: Precalculus Algebra
Are you a STEM Student?
YES: Your first math class should probably be MTH 160: Precalculus Algebra. If it has
been a while since you passed a math class, consider taking the 5 credit version (MTH
160S) with extra support built in.
NO: Your first math class should probably be either MTH 180: Introductory Statistics
or MTH 161: Quantitative Reasoning. You may also take MTH 160: Precalculus Algebra.
If it has been a while since you passed a math class, you may consider taking the
5 credit version (MTH 161S, MTH 180S, or MTH 160S) with extra support built in.
Please consider enrolling for MTH 160 if you meet one of the criteria below.
ACT Math SubScore 
2225 
Math Placement Test Score **Must be in Advanced Algebra and Functions

231245 
SAT Math Score 
540600 
HiSet Score 
1520 
High School Math Class 
Algebra II with grade of B or higher in the last 12 months 
MTH 186: Survey of Calculus / or / MTH 185: Precalculus / or / MTH 170: Trigonometry
You may take any math course in levels 15 if you meet one of the criteria below:
ACT Math SubScore 
2629 
Math Placement Test Score **Must be in Advanced Algebra and Functions

246275 
SAT Math Score 
610680 
High School Math Class 
Precalculus with grade of B or higher in the last 12 months 
MTH 210: Analytic Geometry & Calculus 1
You may take any math course in levels 16 if you meet one of the criteria below:
ACT Math SubScore 
30 or Higher 
Math Placement Test Score **Must be in Advanced Algebra and Functions

276 or Higher 
SAT Math Score 
690 or Higher 
High School Math Class 
Calculus with grade of B or higher in the last 12 months 
Please note that all test scores are valid for 3 years.
Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment / Early College students using high school GPA for
placement should have more than one measure available to allow the students and the
counselors to make informed choices about their placement.
Dual Enrollment / Early College students may not enroll in developmental coursework
without express permission from their high school liaison and parent to do so.
Reading proficiency is required for all math classes 100level or higher.