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Frequently Asked Questions
Placement Testing and
In order to enroll in any Mathematics course at Columbus State, students must demonstrate their qualifications for the course by one of the following methods.
- Taking the course prerequisite, and passing it with a grade of "C-" or higher
- Attaining a sufficient score on the COMPASS Placement Test, or
- Producing an official college transcript, or an official copy of a college grade report, showing that a math course equivalent to the course prerequisite has been passed with a "C-" or higher.
If you have taken a course at a college that you believe to be equivalent to one of our course prerequisites, check the Transfer Guides for Selected Colleges on the Admissions Office homepage. If your college is not listed on this page, you may contact the Mathematics Department about your prerequisite issue. Be aware that you will be asked to provide an official course description from your transfer institution.
Please also note that transcripts must evaluated by Records and Registration for transfer credit to become a part of a student's permanent academic record.
Proficiency testing is available for entering (new) students who would like to gain credit by examination for one of our Math courses that they have not taken. Proficiency credit is not a "re-test," and may not be "substituted" for a student's final grade in a course. You may not seek proficiency credit for a course that you have already taken at Columbus State.
These tests are given at the sole discretion of the Chair of the Math Department, based on the student's academic background. There is a fee of $50 for proficiency testing. A score of 80% or higher must be attained in order to successfully pass a mathematics proficiency test, at which time proficiency credit will be awarded for that course. This credit will show up as an "X" on the student's transcript, and will fulfill that particular course requirement for any Columbus State program. The student will not receive a letter grade for the course, and the result of the proficiency test will not be calculated as part of the student's grade point average. Transient students who plan to transfer their Columbus State credits back to their home school should be sure to check with that school to verify that proficiency credit will satisfy requirements.
Many of our courses emphasize the use of a graphing calculator, and having one is essential to success in those classes. If your course requires a calculator, please purchase one, as you would a textbook or the other required materials for the class.
The CSCC Bookstore has new, and a limited number of used, TI-83 and TI-84 graphing calculators for sale. The Bookstore also has calculator buybacks at the end of every term. Other area stores and used electronics retailers also sell the TI-83 and TI-84-- shop around. The Mathematics Department does not loan out, buy back, sell, rent, or otherwise trade in calculators.