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Department of Mathematics


Access to the Mathematics Assessment of Prerequisites (MAP) is done through Blackboard. You must have a valid USC network username and password to log in to Blackboard.

Newly admitted and new transfer students for the Spring 2023 semester are automatically enrolled to a MAP course with Course ID CASMATH-3MAP followed by a section number.

If you are a current student and you wish to take or retake the assessment, then please accurately complete the take/retake MAP form.

For additional technical assistance, the Division of Information Technology’s (DoIT) Service Desk  is the single point of contact for computer, technology and IT-related questions and support. You can also call them at 803-777-1800 during normal business hours (US Eastern Time).

About the MAP

All students must meet the prerequisite for any MATH course that they take at USC. For some courses, this prerequisite is met after taking the foundational Math Placement Assessment. This assessment allows students to gauge how their math skills translate into each relevant course.

The MAP is a timed, problem-solving assessment with three levels (MAP 1, MAP 2, and MAP 3) each containing 10 questions to be solved in 30 minutes. You must complete MAP 1 and score 7 out of 10 before you can proceed to MAP 2, and a 7 out of 10 score on MAP 2 before you can proceed to MAP 3.

Topics covered in each level:

  • MAP 1 - Basic Skills: Numerical computation, Order of Operations, Graph Interpretation, Finding the Value of a Function, Finding the Equation of a Line, Solving Linear and Quadratic Equations
  • MAP 2 - Intermediate Skills: Finding the Domain of a Function, Solving Exponential and Logarithmic, Transformations of Functions, Factoring polynomials, Algebraic Simplification
  • MAP 3 - Advanced Skills: Suggested skills tested: Compositions of Functions, Inverse Functions, Trigonometric Functions in a Right Triangle, Using Inverse Trigonometric Functions, Solving Trigonometric Equations, Using Trigonometric identities, Graphing Elementary Functions

We want you to be successful in whatever MATH classes you take. The MAP helps determine your current MATH knowledge level. Your score determines what 100-level classes you may register take.

Once you complete the MAP, you can see score by clicking on the link "My MAP Scores" on the left course menu. Your official score should be added into your account within two days.

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