The University of Arizona

Math Course Placement

Math Placement Testing is now available online.

Incoming students, see your Next Steps Center for instructions. Current students, click here for instructions. 

 


Course Eligibility Requirements

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. Students can meet the eligibility requirements for UA Math courses through Math Department approved prerequisite course work, completed generally within the last 18 months, or through the UA ALEKS PPL Math Placement Test. The Placement Test is for entry into courses at or below the level of Calculus I.  Incoming freshman students can qualify through sufficient SAT I MSS (Math) or ACT Math scores.  

ALEKS PPL scores in the table below are percentages. These scores can change at the discretion of the Math Department and are updated each January.   For Math courses,  SAT I MSS,  ACT MATH, and ALEKS PPL test scores are good for one year.  

See the list of courses and registration requirements below.  PPL1 and PPLN are ALEKS PPL proctored test scores.  

If you tested prior to Feb 10, 2018, review information here to see where your PCAL, PPCL, CALG, PCLG score places you.                            Printable Table

Course Course info Registration Requirement  

Minimum
Math 100 final exam MCLG
(1 year)

Minimum
ALEKS PPL
(1 year)

Minimum
SAT I MSS / ACT MATH (Freshmen only)

Math Dept Approved Prerequisite or
Transfer Credit
(taken within last 18 months, non-incoming freshman)
MATH 100 Math Lab 0-54% 0-39% 0-550/0-20

n/a

MATH 105

Math in Modern Society

40%

(450 topics)

30% 530/21 Intermediate Algebra (Pima MAT 097 or 122)
MATH 106 Patterns, Functions & Modeling

40%

(450 topics)

30% 530/21 Intermediate Algebra (Pima MAT 097 or 122)

MATH 107

Exploring and Understanding Data

40%

(450 topics)

30% 530/21 Intermediate Algebra (Pima MAT 097 or 122)
MATH 112 College Algebra

55%

(500 topics)

40%

560/22 n/a
MCB 181R Biology

55%

(500 topics)

40% 560/22 n/a
MATH 111 Trigonometry n/a 50% 590/24 College Algebra (Math 112)
CHEM 141/151
PHYS 102
Chemistry
Physics
n/a 50% 590/24

College Algebra (UA Math 112) or Calculus Preparation (UA Math 120R), or higher

ISTA 116
SBS 200
Statistics Courses n/a 60% 620/26

Exploring and Understanding Data (Math 107), College Algebra (UA Math 112), Calculus Preparation (UA Math 120R), or higher

MATH 163
MATH 263

Basic Stats
Intro to Stats/Biostats
n/a 60% 620/26

College Algebra (UA Math 112) or Calculus Preparation (UA Math 120R), or higher

MATH 302A Math for Elementary Ed I n/a 60% 620/26 Patterns, Functions & Modeling (UA Math 106) or Math 105

MATH 113

Elements of Calc n/a 60% 620/26

College Algebra (UA Math 112) with a grade of C or higher.

MATH 116

Calc Concepts for Business n/a 60% 620/26

College Algebra (UA Math 112) with a grade of C or higher

AND MIS 111 or ABE 120.  

MATH 120R Calc Preparation

n/a 

60% 620/26 College Algebra (Math 112)
CSC 110 Computer Programming I

n/a

60% 620/26 College Algebra (Math 112, C or higher), Precalculus (Math 120R), or higher. 

MATH 122A

Functions for Calc n/a 75% 660/28

A grade of C or higher in Precalculus (UA Math 120R)

 

MATH 122B First Semester Calc n/a n/a n/a A grade of C or higher in MATH 122A
CHEM 161/163 Honors Chem/lab n/a 85% 700/29 n/a
MATH 125 Accelerated Calc n/a 85% 700/29 AP AB score of 3 or higher
Math 129 Calc II n/a n/a n/a AP AB score of 3 or higher, AP BC score of 3,
C or higher in Math 122B/125 or equivalent 
Math 313
*Math 223
*Math 254
Linear Alg
Vector Calc
Dif Eqn
n/a n/a n/a AP BC score of 4 or 5,
*C or higher in Math 129 or equivalent

 

Placement Rules for "Old" ALEKS Test, PCAL, PPCL, CALG, PCLG

Placement via Prep for Calculus or Prep for College Algebra ALEKS tests are given below.   These scores are not valid after 1 year and will be discontinued for registration purposes for Spring 2019 registration.  

 

Course Course info Old Test Scores, Prior to Feb 10, 2018

Min ALEKS
Prep for Col Alg,

CALG, PCLG, MCLG

Min ALEKS
Prep for Calculus

PCAL, PPCL

Math 100 Prep for University Math II 30-70% 20-50%
MCB 181R
PHYS 102
Biology, Physics 55% 45%
MATH 105
MATH 107
Math in Modern Society
Exploring and Understanding Data
40% 30%
MATH 112 College Algebra with Data Analysis
College Algebra
55% 40%

MATH 111 Trigonometry 65% 50%
CHEM 141/151
ISTA 116
SBS 200
Chemistry
Some Statistics Courses
88% 65%

MATH 163
MATH 263
Basic Stats
Intro to Stats/Biostats
88% 65%

MATH 302A
Math for Elementary Ed I 88% 65%

MATH 113

Elements of Calc 88% 65%

MATH 116

Calc Concepts for Business 88% 65%
MATH 120R Calc Preparation

n/a 

65%

MATH 122A

Functions for Calc n/a 70%

CSC   110

 Computer Programming I n/a 70%
CHEM 105A None, placement test only n/a n/a
MATH 125 Accelerated Calc n/a 85%

 

 

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