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Information for Incoming Freshmen

Important Information and Quick Links- Please Read Before Taking the ALEKS PPL Placement Assessment

Everything you need to know about the Math Placement for incoming freshmen 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.  We offer in-person advising at orientation and are happy to talk to any student at that time. Students who have any college math credits must see a math advisor at orientation. We will figure out how the credit fits into your UA requirements and math placement at that time.  

The Math Department has strict eligibility requirements for our courses.  Freshman students need the appropriate math placement through SAT I MSS (Math), ACT Math, or UA ALEKS PPL scores in order to qualify for Math courses at or below the level of Calculus I.  Students are given an initial placement based on SAT I/ACT Math scores, if possible.  Students who do not qualify for their UA foundation requirement through SAT I/ACT math courses will be directed to take the UA ALEKS PPL math placement test.  Check your initial placement message in your Next Steps Center to find out if the UA ALEKS PPL test is recommended/required.  Students who test need to try to do so at least one week prior to their orientation date, if possible.  However, tests completed prior to orientation will be processed in time for course registration. 

Please note that students who have college-level math credits through AP, IB, CLEP, or dual enrollment credit still need a placement through SAT I, ACT, or UA ALEKS PPL scores in order to enroll in a UA Math course at or below the level of Calculus I (Math 122A/B, 125).   Please bring any scores or college level transcripts with you to math advising at orientation.  

SAT I MSS, ACT MATH Placement:

If your scores are in the UA system, you will see an initial placement message in your Next Steps Center. The ALEKS PPL Assessment is recommended to any student who does not qualify for their foundation math class based on SAT I MSS or ACT MATH Score.  You can send your scores to UA or bring copies of your scores to Math Advising at your orientation session. All students who place into UA Math 100 based on SAT I or ACT scores are encouraged to take the ALEKS PPL Assessment.  If your scores are in the UA system, you will receive a corresponding message in your Next Steps Center about your placement. How SAT I MSS and ACT MATH scores are used for placement can be found on our Course Placement website.

About the UA ALEKS PPL Assessment:

The first attempt at your assessment through the Next Steps Center is included in your enrollment fee.  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. You can retest for a fee of $26.  Tests are proctored through Examity, an online proctoring service.  Access Examity through your Next Steps Center.  

  • 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? 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.
  • What if I have college math credit?
    • If you have college-level dual enrollment or transfer course credit through AP, IB, CLEP or other credit, you still need a placement through SAT I, ACT, or UA ALEKS PPL for entry into a UA Math course at or below the level of Calculus.   Bring a copy of your college-level transcript or score report (not high school) to math advising at orientation.   View the UA policy for AP credit or other credit by exam. 
  • Print and Read before testing document from your Next Steps Center. 
  • Students 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 the Math Placement 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 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.
  • You can retest through Examity. There is a retesting fee, $26 per attempt.   There is a 24 hour waiting period between tests.   
    • Once your first test score is processed, you will have access to a free Prep and Learning Module available through your Next Steps Center.  This module may not be available after classes begin.  Review is strongly recommended before testing.   You can test up to 5 times.
    • All students who place into Math 100 through their Initial ALEKS PPL assessment are encouraged to review and retest. 
    • When you retest, look for  and click on PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT.
  • If you are not able to test remotely through Examity (no access to high speed internet, webcam/microphone not available), please contact the Math Placement Office for an alternative way to test. 

Options for Students Who Place into Math 100

Many students do not progress beyond high school Algebra II, do not take a math class their senior year of high school, or take a non-algebra based course like Statistics.  These students tend to place into UA Math 100.  Math 100 is a college review course that is paired with SAS 100AX and the Schedule for Success Program.  This program is designed to fill in the gaps from high school math curriculum in order to prepare students for UA Math 105, 106, 107, or 112.   About a third of our incoming students place into Math 100.   

Students who place into Math 100 should review and retest, particularly students who took a high school pre-calculus math course or higher level math.  Some students are able to review and successfully qualify for the next level courses.  Many students take Math 100 and then continue on to successfully complete the next level math course.  

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