Math Placement Exams
All incoming students are required to take a Bellarmine math placement exam. There are a few options depending on which course the student qualifies to take when they arrive at Bellarmine in the fall.
Most students enter Bellarmine in either an Algebra or Geometry course and will need to take the Algebra Competency Exam (ACE) to help determine their appropriate math placement. This exam covers some Pre-Algebra skills, as well as all major concepts found within a typical high school Algebra course. The goal of placement is to identify the most appropriately rigorous course for students to help ensure success as they move through the math sequence. Strong algebraic content is critical for success in math classes, including Geometry and beyond.
Students currently enrolled in a Geometry course will need to take a Geometry Competency Exam. This test (Geometry/Algebra Competency) will be given at the same time and the testing time for these students will be a little longer (approximately 2 hours). 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 in the math sequence that follows. Again, the goal is to err on the side of caution and to adequately prepare students for future math placement.
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 or Algebra 1 would be a more appropriate placement in ninth grade. For placement in honors courses, scores must be at or above 90%.
The Algebra Competency Exam and Geometry/Algebra Competency Exam are scheduled for both on Friday, May 1 and on Monday, May 4. Check in time is 3 p.m. Students should come prepared with a pencil and check-in at the Bellarmine Administration Building (A- Building).
The results of the exam will be mailed home with both the math and science placement for the freshman year. Placement is made based on the placement exam, the HSPT score, teacher recommendations, and current math/science progress.
Please Note: 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 exams are provided on links below to help students and families become aware of what Algebra concepts are covered and how we typically format them. The Math Department strongly encourages students to familiarize themselves with both the format and the content of the exams.
Geometry Placement ExamsGeometry Competency Placement Exam Practice
Geometry Semester 2 Final Review (Extra Practice)