Feb 06, 2023  
University Policy 
University Policy

Placement Tests, Scores, and Tests at Andrews

Scores for ACT, SAT, Math Placement Exam, and the Nelson-Denny Test of Reading (if applicable) appear on students’ iVue profile pages.  


The ACT is a national college admission and placement examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning.  The scale for the composite score and for scores on the four tests is from 1 (low) to 36 (high).


The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is a test that measures basic verbal and quantitative reasoning skills related to academic performance in college.  Student performance on the SAT is reported on a scale of 200-800.


AU Accepted Language Proficiency Tests

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Official internet-based (IBT) and Andrews-only institutional test (ITP)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Questions about English Language Proficiency? Contact the Center for Intesive English Programs at ciep@andrews.edu


Nelson-Denny Reading Test:

This test is no longer given to all students.  Students with low test scores in reading or verbal sections of the ACT/SAT will work with academic advisors to register for the appropriate remedial reading class.  The Office of Student Success identifies student who need the Nelson Denny and make recommndations accordingly. Student who score low on the Nelson Denny may be required to take a developmental reading course.

Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE)


Incoming undergraduate students who have taken the SAT or ACT tests will be assigned an MPE score based on their math score on those tests.  If students feel that this score does not correctly represent their current mathematics knowledge, they can sign up for the Math Placement Exam (MPE). Barring the following exceptions, all new students, including transfer students, must have an assigned MPE or take the MPE before they can take any mathematics courses. (Certain MPE scores are also required before students can take classes such as General Chemistry or General Physics.) To avoid a Math Hold on their future registrations, students should take the exam during their first semester of residence.

NOTE: An MPE score is NOT a substitute for a mathematics class, only a means of placing students in the correct mathematics course for their skill level.


Students who do not need an MPE score include:

  1. Transfer students who have already taken a college level math class at a prior institution.

(please note: transfer student may still need an MPE to take higher level math or science courses.) 

  1.  Intensive English Language program students:

Students enrolled in the Intensive English Language program are not required to take the MPE until the first semester of enrollment in any regular college-level course.


Andrews Core Experience (ACE) Mathematics

After taking the Math Placement Exam (MPE), students may take the following courses based on the score they receive:

MPE Score AU Mathematics Course Students Can Take
E0, E1, E2, M0, M1, M2, P0, P1 MATH 091 (not ACE)
E3, E4, E5, M3, M4, M5 Contact the Math Department
P2  MATH 145, 165, 166, or STAT 285
P3 MATH 168
P5 MATH 191 or 195

Students completing MATH 091/092 are awarded a P2 and then may take MATH 145, 165, 166, or STAT 285.

The following Andrews University courses meet the Andrews Core Experience  (ACE) mathematics reasoning requirements (check to see if your major requires a specific ACE reasoning course):

  • MATH 145 Reasoning with Functions                       
  • MATH 165 College Algebra  
  • MATH 166 College Algebra for Business                                        
  • MATH 168 Precalculus                      
  • MATH 191 or 195 Calculus I or Calculus I for Biology                                             
  • STAT 285 Elementary Statistics

Direct any questions to the Department of Mathematics at 269-471-3423 or math@andrews.edu