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Algebra (ACE) and Pre-Algebra (PACE) Competency Exams
All incoming ninth grade students enrolled in Algebra or Algebra E are required to take the Bellarmine Pre-Algebra Competency Exam (PACE) to determine math placement.
All incoming ninth grade students enrolled in Geometry, Geometry Honors, or Advanced Algebra Honors are required to take the Bellarmine Algebra Competency Exam (ACE) to verify placement. Students registered for Algebra E are also welcome to take the ACE. Seventh graders who are completing a year of Algebra will still be required to take the ACE at the end of their 8th grade year.
Scores of 70% 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 70% 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.
There have been changes to ACE this year. First, the multiple-choice, calculator portion of the exam is gone. We have taken the same format from the multiple-choice section and made them free response questions instead. Additionally, the ACE and PACE are all non-calculator, free response exams this year.
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. Please contact Math Department Chair Chris Bernards with any questions regarding the ACE, PACE, or math placement.
May 2013 Algebra & Pre-Algebra Competency Exams
Dates: May 17 and May 20 (choose either)
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Bellarmine Administration Building
Check-In: Front of Main Office
Supplies to Bring: Two #2 pencils
Past ACE Exams:
Past PACE Exams: