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Information for Online Campus Incoming Freshmen

Important Information and Quick Links only for ONLINE CAMPUS INCOMING FRESHMEN

Please read this page before emailing or calling the Math Department.  Email is the preferred form of contact so students can get information in writing. You will be expected to read through this information before contacting us.

Most UA Online Campus students will take PHIL 110, Math 107, 112, 116, 125, or SBS 200 to satisfy the foundation math requirement.  Some other courses may be available.  Many students start in Math 100. PHIL 110 does not have a math placement test requirement, but only applies to certain majors. Please verify your requirement through your academic advisor.

The Math Department has strict eligibility requirements for our courses.  All incoming freshman students need a math placement through SAT I MSS, ACT MATH, or ALEKS PPL test scores.  Test scores are good for one year. Tests are proctored through Examity.  Non-traditional freshman students may not have recent SAT I or ACT scores, so will need to take the ALEKS PPL test.   SAT I and ACT placement is only for incoming freshman students who attend UA the fall semester following high school graduation.  Scores that are more than 1 year old will not be used for placement.  

About the UA ALEKS PPL Test:

The first attempt at your test through the Next Steps Center.  There are about 30 questions and the test takes 60-90 minutes. There is a 3 hour time limit.  You must complete it in one sitting. Test are proctored through Examity, an online proctoring service.  Access Examity through your Next Steps Center.  To access the test, you need to expand the math placement portion of your Next Steps Center. It may be at the bottom in the green completed section if you have an SAT I MSS or ACT MATH score in the UA system.  Use Chrome or Firefox browsers, disable pop-up blockers, click on all the links and read the information before proceeding to Examity to access the test or set a testing appointment.   Students who have college level math credits through AP, IB, CLEP, or dual enrollment credit need a placement through SAT I, ACT, or UA ALEKS PPL scores in order to enroll in a UA Math course.   

  • Students need high speed internet, a webcam, and a microphone to access the test through Examity.  
  • Read about the test (Assessment) here. Scores expire after one year.
  • You can review for the Placement test.
  • Scores are processed into the UA system several times a day.  Check Next Steps 12-24 hours after testing. Note that your placement message in your Next Steps Center is based on the requirements for your current major and may not include all courses.  
  • What score do I need to take a particular Math course?  Note that you do not have to take the highest course you place into.  You can take a lower course.  
  • You don't have to take the highest level math course that you place into. Many students opt to take a lower level course. See a math advisor at orientation about this option.
  • Print and Read before testing document from your Next Steps Center. 
  • Student who need access to screen reading technology for testing should contact the Math Placement Office to access the test. This is not available through the Next Steps Center.  
  • Students are to take this test without the assistance of any persons, textbooks, online materials, or any other assistance. Any violation of this will be considered cheating and a violation of the UA Code of Conduct. There are can be serious consequences to artificially high placement testing scores. It is important to make an honest attempt at the test. Once you complete the test, your score is final regardless of any technical difficulties you may encounter during the exam.
  • Students can test retest through Examity.  Simply access the Examity link through your Next Steps Center. There is a 24 hour waiting period between test.  After your first attempt at the test and your score is processed into the UA system, you can access a free learning module to review.  Access to this review module may not be available after the Next Steps Center Closes.  

What if I have college math credit?

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 Course Registration Requirements

Course Registration Requirement  

Test Score
MCLG (Math 100 final)

Test Score

ALEKS PPL

Test Score

SAT I MSS/ACT MATH

Other information

Math Dept Approved Prerequisite or
Transfer Credit
(taken within last 18 months)
Math 100 1-54%

1-39%

below 560/below 22

Many students take a review course like Math 100 before taking Math 112. n/a
Math 107 40-100%

30-100%

530/21

Many students take a review course like Math 100 before taking Math 107. Intermediate Algebra

MATH 112
55-100%

40-100%

560/22

Entry is through placement test only Students who take Math 100 must place into Math 112 through the final exam to be eligible.

MCB 181L/R
55-100%

40-100%

560/22 Student can qualify with a Math 112 course. Students who take Math 100 must place into MCB 181L/R to be eligible.

PHYS 102, CHEM 151
88-100%

40-100%

590/24 Student can qualify with a Math 112 course. Math 112
MATH 116 88-100% 60-100% 620/26 Most students first take Math 112. However, if MATH 116 is required and you place into it, you can skip Math 112. Math 112 or higher level algebra based courses like Math 120R AND MIS 111.  If you have not yet completed MIS 111 and qualify for Math 116 otherwise, please contact the Math Placement Office.
MATH 121A 88-100% 60-100% 620/26 Most students first take Math 112. However, if you place into MATH 121A, you can skip Math 112. Math 112.
MATH 121B n/a n/a n/a Taken after MATH 121A as a prerequisite to MATH 125. MATH 121A.
SBS 200 88-100% 60-100% 620/26 Most students first take Math 112. However, if SBS 200 is required and you place into it, you can skip Math 112. Math 112 or higher level algebra based courses like Math 120R, 113, 122B, etc.
MATH 125 n/a 85-100% 700/29 Most students first take Math 121A and 121BB. However, if you place into MATH 125, you can skip Math 121A/B. Math 121A and 121B.
PHIL 110 n/a n/a n/a Make sure this is the right course before enrolling

PHIL 110 is not a prerequisite to any courses that require a math prerequisite, incluing Math 100, 112, 116, or SBS 200.

Information about other math course requirements is available. 

Credit by exam scores are given below:

Exam Score Credit Awarded

Other information

AP AB or AB subcores 3,4,5 Math 125, Calculus I, will substitute for Math 112 or 116. Prerequisite to SBS 200.
BC  3 Math 125, Calculus I, will substitute for Math 112 or 116. Prerequisite to SBS 200.
BC 4,5 Math 125 and 129 , Calculus I and II. Math 125, Calculus I, will substitute for Math 112 or 116.  Prerequisite to SBS 200.
Statistics 3 Math 163, Basic Statistics Satisfies SBS 200
Statistics 4,5 Math 263, Intro to Statistics and BioStatistics Satisfies SBS 200
CLEP Calculus with Elementary Functions 50 Math 125, Calculus I, will substitute for Math 112 or 116. Prerequisite to SBS 200.
CLEP College Algebra 50 Math 112 Prerequisite to SBS 200.
IB HL (no credit for SL) 5 Math 120R and 125. Math 125, Calculus I, will substitute for Math 112 or 116.  Prerequisite to SBS 200.

See UA Policy for: AP, IB, CLEP, Cambridge CIE exams. 

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