Guidance for conditional placement in Calculus 1 (MTH 121/MTH 131/MTH 141). Final enrollment eligibility based on MRA scores listed above:
Students who have taken calculus in high school should be conditionally placed in MTH 121, MTH 131 or MTH 141 (as relevant for their choice of major).
For students who have not taken calculus in high school, three indicators should be considered; fourth year of High School Math, Regents Exam Scores, and SAT score. Each indicator may be positive, moderate or concerning, according to the following chart:
Where a Regents Exam score is unavailable, most NYS High Schools will have provided a numerical course grade, which can be used instead of the exam score. When using course grade a benchmark of 88 instead of 80 should be used, or 82 instead of 75. If no numerical course grade is available, a letter grade of B or better may be used as the benchmark.
Students with all positive indicators are very likely to gain enrollment into the Calculus 1 course of their choice through achievement of the requisite MRA scores.
Students with all negative indicators are very unlikely to show readiness (through MRA scores) for enrollment into the Calculus course of their choice.
Students with mixed indicators are likely to need multiple attempts of the MRA with periods of self-study in between in order to attain MRA scores needed for Calculus enrollment. Factors such as the flexibility of the chosen program, and the student's commitment to reviewing material between MRA attempts should be considered.