Math Placement Exams
Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Algebra/Geometry Exams
All incoming students are required to take a Bellarmine math placement exam. There are a few options depending on which course the student is scheduled to take when they arrive at Bellarmine in the fall.
Students planning on taking Algebra 1 or Algebra E should take the Pre-Algebra Competency Exam (PACE). If currently enrolled in an Algebra class and they would prefer to attempt the Algebra Competency Exam (ACE), in hopes of getting into Geometry, they can opt to take this exam instead.
Students scheduled to enter a Geometry course in the fall should take the Algebra Competency Exam (ACE) to confirm their placement.
Students currently enrolled in a Geometry course will need to take a Geometry Competency Exam as well. This test (Algebra/Geometry Competency) will be given at the same time and the testing time for these students will be a little longer. It is our experience that some middle school level geometry courses are not comparable to the required content of our college prep Geometry, and these students may not be adequately prepared for success on the SAT, ACT, or within our higher level math courses.
Scores of 74% or higher on the ACE indicate that the algebra skills required for success in higher math courses have been mastered and placement is appropriate. Scores below 74% indicate that further exposure to the fundamentals of algebra would be beneficial to the students and Algebra E would be a more appropriate placement in ninth grade. For placement in honors courses, we are looking for scores near or above 90%.
The exams for this year will be held Friday, May 19th and Monday, May 22nd. Students should come prepared with a pencil and check-in in at the Bellarmine Administration Building by 3:30. There is no need to pre-register. The test will take about an hour and a half.
All exams are free response non-calculator exams. Past ACE and PACE exams are provided on links below. The Math Department strongly encourages students to familiarize themselves with both the format and the content of the exams.
Questions? Please contact Mr. Tony Rehberger.
Algebra & Pre-Algebra Competency Exams
Past ACE Exams
ACE Practice Exam (new)
Spring 2013 ACE Exam
Spring 2012 ACE Exam - Free Response
Spring 2012 ACE Exam - Multiple Choice
Past PACE Exams
PACE Practice Exams
Spring 2012 PACE Exam - Part 1
Spring 2012 PACE Exam - Part 2
Geometry Placement ExamsGeometry Competency Placement Exam Practice
Geometry Semester 2 Final Review (Extra Practice)