The University of Arizona

Math Eligibility for Transfer Students, Re-Admits, and Non-Degree Seeking Students

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Math Placement:

The information below is for incoming students classified as Transfer students, readmits, non-degree seeking, or UA South. Students attending Freshman Orientation should refer to the freshman math placement website.  Everything you need to know about the Math Placement Test (Assessment), Transfer Math Credit, and Math Placement  is on this page. 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. 

Please note that transfer students need to click on the Math Link in the Math Placement portion of the Next Steps Center and then REFRESH your CHECKLIST in order for the Math Placement Portion to show as complete.

Math Requirements: Each major at the UA has a specific math requirement set by the major. Some transfer students will complete their requirement prior to attending the UA, while others may need additional courses. Many UA courses have specific math related eligibility requirement that are enforced in the registration system.  The following courses have specific eligibility requirements that are enforced in the registration system. This includes most MATH courses as well as MCB 181R, CHEM 151, ENGR 102, PHYS 102, 141, 241, SBS 200, ISTA 116. Those requirements could include taking a placement exam, even if you have completed some college level math courses at your previous school.

If you want to take one of these courses, you need one or more of the following: an appropriate UA Math Placement Test Percentage or appropriate and recent math transfer credit.

A UA Transfer students need to find out:

Please read through the information below.  Note that if you have never taken a college level math course or have not in the last 3 semesters, and plan on taking a UA math course at or below the level of Calculus I (including statistics), you need to take the Math Placement test through your Next Steps Center.

Important information and Quick Links

Transfer Math Courses:

Information about how math credits from Arizona institutions, AP, IB, and CLEP is available. In general, these courses do not need an evaluation, and automatically transfer in as a UA Math course. However, you may need to contact the Math Placement Office to update your placement to allow you to register for the next UA Math course.

In general, your college math transfer credit from outside of Arizona needs to be evaluated by the Mathematics Department to be used for placement purposes or to satisfy a graduation requirement. Math courses are evaluated through an online form . Please note that it may take a week or longer to process math course evaluations. There is a paper form for math courses completed outside the U.S. or for courses to satisfy UA Math 302A and 302B.

How do I become eligible for a UA Math course?

  • Review how Arizona, AP, IB, and CLEP math credits transfer to UA. See above.
  • Have your out-of-state math courses evaluated.
  • If your college math credit is over 18 months old, you may still be required to take the Math Placement Test prior to enrolling in a UA math course listed above. Make a serious attempt at the test. Contact the Math Placement Office for math advising if your score is below the level of your prerequisite course. There is a $26 fee for your first attempt at the test testing through the Next Steps Center.
  • Transcript: If your math transfer credit is not in the UA system at the time of registration, you may need to send an unofficial transcript to the Math Department prior to enrolling in a UA Math course. You can fax it to 520 621 8322, or email a pdf, scanned copy, picture, or screen capture to the Math Placement Office in order to update your placement. Include your full name, UA SID, and the math course you wish to take. Your placement update should be processed within 24 hours of submitting this information (except on weekends).
  • If you have not taken a college level math course and plan to at UA, you need to take the UA ALEKS Online Math Placement Test and score appropriately in order to be eligible for UA Math.
  • If you have completed a Math Department approved prerequisite at a level below Calculus I within the last 3 semesters (18 months) and want to register into the next UA Math course, contact the Math Placement Office to udpate your placement.
  • Students who want to take Math 129 or a higher level math course do not need to test, but need prerequisite credit in the UA system prior to the beginning of the semester.

 

Do I need to test? The math placement test is for entry into courses at or below the Calculus I level. Credit is used for entry into higher level courses like Calculus II (Math 129), etc.

  • If you are done with your UA Math requirements, you do not need to test.
  • If you have not taken a college level math course and plan to at UA, you need to take the test.
  • If the highest level college math course you have completed is Intermediate Algebra (like Pima Math 122), you need to take the Math Placement test and score appropriately in order to be eligible for UA Math.
  • If your prerequisite for courses at or below the UA Calculus level (Math 122A+B, 125) was completed more than 3 semesters ago (18 months), you need to take the math placement test.
  • If you have prerequisite credit for an approved Calculus I or higher level course, you do not need to test.
  • Students who wish to take UA MATH 105, 109C, 111, 112, or 120R must have an appropriate score on the UA Math Placement Test in order to be eligible. Intermediate Algebra is not a prerequisite.
  • Math 105 (Pima Math 142) serves as a prerequisite only to UA Math 302A and is not used for placement into UA Math 109C, 112, or any other Math course. If you took this course and plan on taking a UA Math course other than Math 302A you must have an appropriate score on the UA Math Placement Test.
  • PHIL 110 and LING 123 satisfy the foundation math requirement for some majors and do not have a placement test score requirement. Consult your academic advisor before taking one of these courses.

About the UA ALEKS Online Math Placement Test

You will need to print and read important information before testing through the Next Steps Center. There is a $26 fee for testing through the Next Steps Center.

Students are to take this test without the assistance of any persons, textbooks, online materials, or any other assistance, as if it is a proctored test. 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 Academic Integrity. There are can be serious consequences to aritificially 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 have encountered.

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 percentage do I need on the UA ALEKS Online Placement Test? Check the requirements for our courses.
  • You can review your math skills and the placement test topics before testing.
  • Figure out which UA math placement test to take.
    • Prep for College Algebra is a high school Algebra test and is appropriate for students who have not yet taken Pre-Calculus.
    • Prep for Calculus is basically a Pre-Calculus test. This test is for students with previous recent experience with Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry and can possibly place students as high as Calculus. Students with no experience with Pre-Calculus and Trig should not take this test. There is NO CALCULUS on this test.
  • Access and take the placement test through the Next Steps Center at least one week prior to your registration date. There is a $26 fee for your first test, charged to your UA bursar’s account. Students who do not make their first attempt at the UA ALEKS Online Placement Test prior to the first day of classes will need to take a proctored test in the UA Testing Office for a higher fee of $41. You must print and read the important information about the test in Next Steps prior to starting the test. The document is titled "Print and Read before Testing" and contains vital information about the exam.
  • Other important information about the test is available on the Math Placement website and in the Next Steps Center (Print and Read before testing).
  • Test scores for placement into Math courses are good for only one year.

 

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