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Information for Online Campus Incoming Freshmen

Important Information and Quick Links only for ONLINE CAMPUS INCOMING FRESHMAN

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 100, Math 112, Math 116, 125, or SBS 200 to satisfy the foundation math requirement. Some other courses may be available.  PHIL 110 does not have a math placement test requirement, but only applies to certain majors. Please verify your requirement through your academic advisor.

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.  

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 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
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. 

Related Resources

About the UA ALEKS Online Math Placement Test

Incoming students take their first attempt at the Math Placement Test through the Next Steps Center. Note that the Next Steps Center is generally available through the first week of your first semester.  

Students are to take this test without the assistance of any persons, textbooks, online materials, or any other assistance. The only calculator allowed is the built-in calculator provided with the ALEKS program, and other calculators are not allowed. 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.

The UA ALEKS Online Math Placement Test is not a timed test. However, ALEKS is not accessible with screen reading technology. Please contact the Disability Resource Center at (520) 621-3268 or uadrc@email.arizona.edu with questions or concerns.

  • What if I don't test?  If you choose not to test, for whatever reason, the Math Placement portion of your Next Steps Center will show as incomplete. This will not prevent you from adding UA courses that do not rely on the Math Placement Test. If you later find that you need after the first day of your first semester, you will need to take a proctored test for a fee.
  • You don't have to take the highest level math course that you place into. Many students opt to take a lower level course.
  • Technical Difficulties with the Test: go to Next Steps Center "Print and Read before testing" document or check the Troubleshooting website.
  • How do I Retest?  

College Math Credit

  • Do you have college math credit?.
    • If you have completed a college level Math course through a College or University outside of Arizona, please complete the Math Department online evaluation form at least two weeks prior to your registration date. You will receive the results of the evaluation via email.
    • 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.

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