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Math Placement Overview

Testing is not available at this time. We are in the process of changing to a different test that will be available in late March, 2018.


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Course Placement

Each major at the UA has a specific math requirement. In order to register for a math course, you must satisfy the course's prerequisite and eligibility criteria. This can be done through UA Math prerequisites, UA ALEKS PPL test scores, SAT I MSS or ACT MATH scores (first year freshmen only), or approved Math transfer credit.  PPL, SAT I, and ACT scores expire after one year.  

Incoming students should check the Math Placement section of their Next Steps Center to find out what steps to take to try to qualify for UA Math courses.  There are special pages for Incoming freshmen, Incoming Transfer/Readmit/NDS, and UA Online Students.  

UA Math Placement Test, ALEKS PPL

The purpose of our placement process is to determine, based on your mathematical background and current mathematical ability, which MATH courses are appropriate for you. Past experience shows that the Math Placement Test may be the clearest indicator. For this reason, we encourage all students to take the UA ALEKS PPL Test; however, if you are an incoming transfer student you may be able to use a transfer Math course for placement. Placement into a particular UA MATH course does not guarantee any particular grade in the course. For more information, see the UA ALEKS PPL FAQ's.

SAT I MSS (MATH) or ACT MATH Placement

Incoming freshman can qualify for a Math course through sufficient SAT I MSS or ACT MATH scores. 

Transfer Credits

Student who have college math credit through a transfer institution,  AP, IB, or CLEP exam credits, should review the MATH Credit by Exam & Transfer Credits information.  Some courses require an evaluation.  Incoming student should refer to the information linked through the math placement portion of the Next Steps Center.  


Need more information or to contact us?  Visit the Math Placement Support Portal.

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