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 plans to take when they arrive at Bellarmine in the fall.
Students planning to enter Bellarmine in either an Algebra or Geometry course in the fall will need to take the Algebra Competency Exam (ACE) to help determine their math placement. This exam covers some Pre-Algebra skills, as well as all major concepts found within a typical high school Algebra course.
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. 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 at or above 90%.
The exams are scheduled for Friday, May 4th and Monday, May 7th. Students should come prepared with a pencil and check-in at the Bellarmine Administration Building (A- Building) between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. There is no need to arrive before 3:00 p.m. as current students will be exiting campus between 2:30-3:00 p.m.
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. Sorry, but we do not have answer keys available for these resources at the moment.
Questions? Please contact Mr. Tony Rehberger.
Geometry Placement ExamsGeometry Competency Placement Exam Practice
Geometry Semester 2 Final Review (Extra Practice)