Math Placement, Transfer Credit/Credit by Exam, PPL (Math Placement Test) Knowledge Base
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 1. Math Placement General Information
 1.1. Math Placement Scores and General Information
 1.2. Do I have to take the highest course I place into?
 1.3. Do my test scores expire?
 1.4. What SAT I MSS, ACT MATH , or PPL score do I need to register for a MATH course?
 1.5. Can I use my High School Math Course for Placement into a UA Math Course?
 1.6. I want to try to place into a higher math course for fall. What are my options?
 1.7. How do I submit my SAT/ACT/AP scores or official transcript (college credit)?
 1.8. What resources and support are available to me while taking my UArizona Math course(s)?
 2. PPL Assessment (Math Placement Test)
 2.1. About the PPL Assessment (Math Placement Test) Rules, Fees, Important Information
 2.2. Should I take the PPL Assessment?
 2.3. Study/Prepare How can I study and prepare before the PPL Assessment?
 2.4. Take the PPL How can I take the PPL Assessment to test and/or retest?
 2.5. After the test What happens after I take the PPL Assessment?
 2.6. Review/Retake How can I review and retake the PPL Assessment? Use the free Prep and Learning Module.
 2.7. Accommodations Are there accommodations available if I am registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC)?
 2.8. Troubleshooting I am having trouble taking the PPL Assessment
 3. Respondus Monitor Information and Troubleshooting
 3.1. About Respondus Monitor and Online Proctoring
 3.2. General Troubleshooting and Errors
 3.3. Check System Requirements
 3.4. Unable to launch Respondus Monitor
 3.5. Begin Exam Button is Missing or Unresponsive
 3.6. Chat with Respondus Monitor Assistance
 3.7. I have a Chromebook
 3.8. Contact Respondus
 4. MATH Credit by Exam & Transfer Credits
 4.1. Transfer Math Courses and which courses require an evaluation/preapproval
 4.2. I want to take a math course at another college to obtain UA credit and/or improve my UA math placement. What do I need to do?
 4.3. I have Math credit for International Baccalaureate  IB
 4.4. I have Math credit for the Cambridge International Examination or Pearson Edexcel International:
 4.5. I have CLEP Math credit
 4.6. I have Advanced Placement (AP) AB, BC, or Statistics Exam Credit
 4.7. I took the AP Calculus exam (AB or BC) in May of this year and don’t have my score yet.
 4.8. I have college math credit. What course can I take next?
 4.9. I have credit for AP Statistics. What does this count for? What course can I take next?
 4.10. I have AP or other Calculus credit, how do I know if I am ready to take the “next” course?
 4.11. Credit by Exam
 4.12. Is my transfer or AP (or other) credit in the UA system?
 4.13. Transfer Credit Evaluation: Does my Transfer Math course need to be evaluated?
 4.14. Transfer Credit PreApproval: Does the course I’m planning on taking at another institution need to be preapproved?
 5. Course Placement
 6. Registration
 6.1. If I wait until classes start, can I ask a math instructor to sign me into a course?
 6.2. I have met the prerequisite/placement requirements, yet am unable to register. What's going on?
 6.3. I am currently enrolled in a math course at Pima Community College (or other institution). Will I be able to preregister for the next math course at the UA?
 6.4. I want to take a course below the level of a course I have already completed. Can I do that?
 6.5. My major requires MATH 125, but what if I only place into MATH 122A/B. Is that a problem?
 6.6. I took a placement test at my other college. Can I use those results for placement at the UA?
 6.7. I took the UA Math Placement Test back when I was a freshman, but I have not yet taken any math courses. Do I need to take the Math Placement Test again?
 7. First and Second Year Math Courses
 7.1. Review and Prepare for Math Courses, Tips for Success
 7.2. Fall Schedule For Success, Math 100 and SAS 100AX
 7.3. Math 100 Math Lab, Review Course to Prepare Students for Math 106, 107, 108, 112 (Depending on Major)
 7.4. Math 106 For Students in the College of Education
 7.5. Math 107 For Students in SBS, PSYCBA, and a few other majors.
 7.6. Math 108 For Architecture and Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
 7.7. Math 112 College Algebra
 7.8. Math 113 Overview of Calculus for Psychological Sciences, Pharmacy, Econ, Speech Language Hearing Sci (after Math 108), and a few other majors
 7.9. Math 116 Calculus for Business and Related Majors
 7.10. Math 119A Special Calculus Course with Biological Emphasis, alternative for Biology, EEB, MCB, and a few other majors
 7.11. Math 163 Basic Statistics
 7.12. Math 263 Intro to Statistics and BioStatistics
 7.13. Math 120RPrecalc
 7.14. Math 122A Math 122A+122B is our Recommended Calculus Sequence
 7.15. Math 122BTaken along with Math 122A
 7.16. Math 125 Accelerated Calculus for Students Who have Experience with Calculus.
 7.17. Math 129 Calc II
 7.18. Math 223 Vector Calc (Calc III)
 7.19. Math 254Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
 7.20. Math 302A  For Elementary Education Teaching Majors
 7.21. Math 302B  For Elementary Ed Teaching Majors
 7.22. Phil 110  For Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities, some SBS, and other selected majors
 7.23. Ling 123  For Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities, some SBS and other selected majors
 7.24. SBS 200  Statistics for the Social Sciences
 7.25. Other Math Courses
 8. Handouts
1. Math Placement General Information
1.1. Math Placement Scores and General Information
Each major at the UA has a specific math requirement set by the major.
You can find out about Math courses and what scores are required here.
Check test scores or recent prerequisites required to enroll in a particular math course here.
1.2. Do I have to take the highest course I place into?
If you place high, you can always take a lower course. Often, this is a good idea. Many students opt to take a review course to build a more solid foundation. Sometimes, a lower course makes more sense. If you have not taking a high school precalculus course, you probably do not want to start by taking a college calculus course.
For example, if you place into Calculus (Math 122A+122B), you can take Calculus Preparation (Math 120R) or College Algebra (112) instead.
Please note that once you successfully complete a UA Math course, you will not receive credit for a lower level or prerequisite math course without special permission from the Math Department.
1.3. Do my test scores expire?
Test scores expire after one year. This means that if you do not take a math course your first year, or change majors and later find that you need a math course, you may need to take or retake the PPL Assessment. Your math placement is only for your first year fall and spring semesters.
1.4. What SAT I MSS, ACT MATH , or PPL score do I need to register for a MATH course?
SAT I MSS, ACT MATH, or PPL recent scores are used for placement into courses at or below the level of Calculus I (Math 122A/B, 125). SAT/ACT scores are used for first year students only. Students can also qualify through recent prerequisite credit. SAT/ACT placement is for first year students only. For Fall 2022 and Spring 2023, SAT/ACT scores must be from 8/1/2020 present to be used for placement.
For entry into Calculus II (Math 129) or higher, prerequisites are used.
Check the course entrance requirements (SAT, ACT, PPL, credit required) here.
You can find out more about first and second year UA Math courses here.
1.5. Can I use my High School Math Course for Placement into a UA Math Course?
High school course work varies greatly, so is not used for placement into UA Math courses.
UA Math Placement is based on PPL (Placement Test), SAT I MSS, ACT Math or college credits. SAT/ACT is used for first year students only.
If you have or expect college math credit, click here fo more information.
1.6. I want to try to place into a higher math course for fall. What are my options?
ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: The Math Department has strict entrance requirements for our courses and does not waive them for any student. You must qualify in order to take a Math course.
In order to enroll in a UA Math course, you must meet the course registration requirements.
 For some courses like Math 106, 107, 108, 112, you need a sufficient test score.
 For others, like Math 113, 116, 120R, 119A, 122A/B, 125, you need a recent prerequisite or a sufficient test score.
You can find out about Math courses, how to qualify, and what scores are required here.
TAKE THE PPL ASSESSMENT: If you want to try to qualify for a course, make sure you have taken the PPL Assessment (Math Placement Test). You can access this through your Next Steps Center. If you have tested, you can review and retest to try to place higher.
SUMMER OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPROVE MY PLACEMENT: There are several opportunities for students during the summer.

 You can take a summer credit course through:
 UArizona New Start Summer Program, which begins June 13, 2022.
 Taking a summer class at UArizona. Consult your academic advisor if you are considering this option.
 Taking a summer class at nonUArizona institutions. If you are considering this option, make sure you are taking the correct course. Check here or submit an evaluation.
 Participate in a UArizona noncredit summer review program, Wildcat Leap.
 You can take a summer credit course through:
1.7. How do I submit my SAT/ACT/AP scores or official transcript (college credit)?
If your orientation is within the Next TWO WEEKS, and your placement has not been updated in your Next Steps Center based on SAT Math, ACT Math, or college Math credit, then you need to send an unofficial score report or college transcript to the Math Placement Office to update your math placement. Follow the instructions below.
 SAT Math: scores must be from 8/1/2020 present to be used for placement
 Sign in to your College Board account, then go to the Send SAT Scores page.
 Please send an unofficial score report to the Math Department Placement Office. A downloadable version of your score report is available under My Score Reports in PDF format. Submit this pdf score report here. (We need to see your full name, test date, and SAT I Math score in one image or pdf.)

ACT Math: scores must be from 8/1/2020 present to be used for placement
 Sign in to your MyACT account
 Send your scores to the University of Arizona. More info about sending scores here.
 If your New Student Orientation is less than a week away, please send an unofficial score report to the Math Department Placement Office. You may print an unofficial copy of your ACT test score by using your browser’s print option "print" as a pdf file. Submit this pdf score report here. (We need to see your full name, test date, and ACT Math score in one image or pdf.)

AP Math Scores: If you will not have your AP scores before your orientation date, then you need to treat this as if you do not have credit and take the PPL Assessment if that is recommended in your Next Steps Center math placement message. You will be notified if you need to change your schedule after your scores are processed.
 Sign in to your College Board account
 Send your scores to the University of Arizona. More info about sending scores here.
 Your official scores can take 13 weeks to process in the university system.
 Please send an unofficial score report to the Math Department Placement Office. A downloadable version of your score report is available in AP Scores for Students in PDF format. Submit this pdf score report here. (We need to see your full name, test date, and AP score in one image or pdf.) You will still want to send your official score report to the university to get your credits accounted for.
 See how AP credit transfers here.
Find out more about AP, IB, CLEP, Cambridge Math exams here.
COLLEGE CREDIT If you have already sent your official college level transcript to UArizona, your math placement may not be updated until one week prior to your orientation date.
Dual Enrollment/Transfer Credit: We need to verify completion of your transfer math course before we can update your math placement. If your course will not be completed or you will not have access to an unofficial college transcript prior to your orientation date, then you may need to take the PPL Assessment.
Generally, your math placement (MPLF for first year students) is updated if you have a course that matches UA College Algebra (Math 112), Precalculus (Math 120R), Calculus (125 or 122A/B) , Calculus II (Math 129) , or Vector Calculus (Math 223, Calc III). For other courses, you will need to consult your advisor at orientation.
 See how college math credit works here.
 You will need to send the transcript from the college institution, NOT your high school transcript.
 Sign in to your college institution's website.
 Send your OFFICIAL Transcript to the University of Arizona.
 If your New Student Orientation is less than a week away, please send an unofficial transcript to the Math Department Placement Office. Please download the full Unofficial Transcript in PDF format. Submit this pdf transcript here. (We need to see your full name, the institution's name, the course name/number, course dates, and final course grade in one image or pdf.) You will still want to send your official transcript to the university to get your credits accounted for.
 Generally, your math placement (MPLF) is updated if you have a course that matches UA College Algebra, Precalculus, Calculus, Calculus I, or Vector Calculus (Calc III). For other courses, you will need to consult your advisor at orientation.
Find out more about math transfer credit here.
You will still need to send college transcript, AP, IB, Cambridge or any other credit by exam scores to the University of Arizona.
If you will not have your credit before your orientation, then you should take the PPL Assessment if that is recommended in your Next Steps Center.
1.8. What resources and support are available to me while taking my UArizona Math course(s)?
 Keep in mind that college will be different and you may need to work outside of class more than you are used to.
 Plan for success: For each hour in class, you need to plan on spending at least 3 hours outside of class on homework and studying. This is true for most Math, Engineering, Science, Business, and other courses.
 Get to know students in your classes and study together outside of class.
 We are here to help you find resources that will support you along the way:
 Instructors are available to you through Office Hours
 Tutoring and Academic Coaching resources are available through the ThinkTANK
Questions about accommodations for math courses? Contact the DRC (Disability Resource Center)
2. PPL Assessment (Math Placement Test)
2.1. About the PPL Assessment (Math Placement Test) Rules, Fees, Important Information
About the PPL Assessment (Math Placement Test)
The University of Arizona Department of Mathematics is currently using the PPL Assessment tool for placement into all of its entrylevel courses at or below the level of calculus I (Math 122A/B or 125).
There are several topics on the PPL Assessment. In a relatively short period of time (6090 minutes), the program assesses the percentage of the student's current knowledge of topics from the PPL Assessment topics (how many of the total topics has the student already mastered) by asking a small number of questions (usually 30).
The PPL Assessment covers a broad spectrum of precalculus material from first year high school algebra through precalculus. It is adaptive and chooses each question on the basis of a student's answers to all the previous questions. Each student, and therefore each set of assessment questions, is unique. It is impossible to predict the questions that will be asked. By the time the student has completed the assessment, there is a precise picture of her knowledge of the course, knowing which topics she has mastered and which topics she hasn't out of all of the topics in the course. An overview of how the PPL Assessment using ALEKS works is available.
Please review the information below before taking the PPL Assessment.
ImportantInformation 
Important information about the PPL Assessment:

Test Rules 

Fees 

AcademicHonesty 

Access Test 
2.2. Should I take the PPL Assessment?
For Transfer, Readmits, or Continuing students:
 If you have not taken math in several years, you should consider enrolling in Math 100 for review. No test scores are required.
 Recent (less than two years) prerequisite transfer credit can place you into a Math course. Contact the Math Placement Office.
 Note that there may be a fee for testing (transfer, continuing, NDS, $26 fee).
For Incoming First Year Students:
If your Next Steps Center Math message recommends testing, please take the PPL Assessment.
Testing is required if:

 You need to take a MATH course and have placed below the level of your major math requirement
 Your SAT/ACT scores or college math credit place you below the level of your major math requirement
 You have college level transfer credit, or credit by exam, below the level of your major math requirement
If there is a missing test score in your Next Steps Center or you have college math credit, send a copy of your scores or credit to Math Placement Office.
Students should test 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.
Testing cannot hurt your placement level. Your Math course will be based on your highest placement score.
If you have transfer credit, check the information in the Math Placement section of your Next Steps Center (incoming students only) or on our transfer website.
If you still have questions, contact the Math Placement Office
2.3. Study/Prepare How can I study and prepare before the PPL Assessment?
Test Topics
Below is a list of possible topics that may be covered in the Math Placement test. Note that not all students will see all topics. The PPL Assessment is an adaptive program that will present a variety of questions to narrow down the topics you have mastered.
Topics covered:
 Real numbers (including fractions, integers, and percentages)
 Equations and inequalities (including linear equations, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations, and quadratic equations)
 Linear and quadratic functions (including graphs and functions, linear functions, and parabolas), exponents and polynomials (including integer exponents, polynomial arithmetic, factoring, and polynomial equations), rational expressions (including rational equations and rational functions.
 Radical expressions (including higher roots and rational exponents)
 Exponentials and logarithms (including function compositions and inverse functions, properties of logarithms, and logarithmic equations)
 Geometry and trigonometry (including perimeter, area, and volume, coordinate geometry, trigonometric functions, and identities and equations)
A more detailed list of topics is available through the PPL website.
General Review for the PPL Assessment:
 College and Intermediate Algebra, Solutions
 College Algebra and some trig, Solutions
 General review for most topics up through calculus and statistics are available through the Khan Academy.
 Prep and Learning Mode — Once you have completed the PPL Assessment, you have immediate access to an individualized Prep and Learning module. Access this through your Next Steps Center or by contacting the Math Placement Office. You have limited access to the review module. It must be accessed within 12 months of completing your first test.
 More course review can be found here.
Review after you have completed the PPL Assessment: Once you have taken the PPL Assessment, you have can improve your knowledge in a Prep and Learning Module for review. You can access it through the Math Placement section of your Next Steps Center or through the PPL Assessment information page.
2.4. Take the PPL How can I take the PPL Assessment to test and/or retest?
Read and follow STEPS 14 below to take the PPL Assessment (Math Placement Test). Please use a PC or a MAC. DO NOT TEST ON YOUR PHONE OR A CHROMEBOOK. 

STEP 1 
Review Rules & Fees 
Understand the RULES and any applicable FEES:
Read the PPL and Respondus Quick Guide here before proceeding
Read the FAQS You are responsible for understanding all information provided here before proceeding to the test. 
STEP 2 
Get Materials 
Be prepared with the following:

STEP 3 
Prepare to take the PPL Assessment 
Write this password down now: PPLUAMATH21 (this will be used as the proctor password)

STEP 4 
Take the PPL Assessment > 
START THE PPL ASSESSMENT (click here ONLY if you're ready to begin)

ARE YOU HAVING TROUBLE?
General issues? Check our PPL Quick Guide: Respondus issues? Check through the information below:
Expired account? (first attempt was more than 1 year ago)

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU TEST?
NEED FURTHER ASSISTANCE?
Visit our Knowledge Base for all Placement FAQsContact the Math Placement Office

2.5. After the test What happens after I take the PPL Assessment?
The score: You will see your score immediately after you complete your PPL Assessment (in a large circle in the middle of the page after you have completed the PPL Assessment).
Scores are loaded into UAccess daily at 5am, 2, 4, 6, 8pm Monday through Saturday and at 5am, 6pm, and 8pm on Sundays. However, scores are not finalized until the recorded testing session has been reviewed.
You will not be able to register for classes until the score has been processed into the UA system. Scores can be used for registration into Math courses for one year only.
What did I place into? Your score on the assessment is used for placement into MATH, lab science, and other courses. You can find the placement chart here to see the required scores.
You can view your score:
1) In your Next Steps Center (incoming students only)  The Next Steps Center is only available through the first week of the student's first semester at UA.
2) In Uaccess:
a. Go to Uaccess Student, Student Center.
b. Go to the Academic Record Tab
c. Go to Transfer Credit. It may take more than 24 business hours to appear on your Transfer Credit Report.
d. Scroll down the page to Test Credits. Note that your placement scores may show as "Rejected" or "No rule". These are still valid scores if they were taken within the last 12 months. "Rejected" and "No rule" only refer to the fact that no credit was earned by the test. You can ignore the "Rejected" status. You can ignore this status as it does not prevent registration if your test score is high enough and has not expired.
2.6. Review/Retake How can I review and retake the PPL Assessment? Use the free Prep and Learning Module.
How can I review and retake the PPL Assessment? It may be best to take the course you place into. However, you can choose to review and retest to try to obtain a higher score. 

REVIEW before retaking the PPL Assessment 
After you have completed your first attempt at the Assessment, you will have access to review, or improve your knowledge using a review module, Prep and Learning.

Retaking the PPL Assessment 
Reminders:

2.7. Accommodations Are there accommodations available if I am registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC)?
The Math Placement Assessment is a 6090 minute test. Extra time up to 3 hours is allowed for all students.
Students who require screen reading technology should contact Math Placement Office for assistance with access to the test.
If you require other accommodations, contact your DRC counselor for assistance.
2.8. Troubleshooting I am having trouble taking the PPL Assessment
If you are having trouble using Respondus Monitor to take the PPL Assessment (Math Placement Test):
Check these first
 Turn off popup blockers
 Follow the steps in the Respondus Quick Guide.
 You cannot use a Chromebook. You must use a PC or MAC computer.
 If you cannot get Respondus Monitor to work, you may need to try using a different computer.
If you are having connectivity issues, you may need to
 Connect to the internet with an ethernet cord instead of using wifi
 Test from a different location with better internet service
If you are disconnected from the test, you must resume testing as soon as possible. Go back to the testing link. Your 3 hour time limit is still counting down! Complete the steps below immediately.
 Go back to Start the PPL Assessment.
 Follow the same steps you used to access the test
 Resume testing
More Respondus Troubleshooting
You can also contact the Math Placement Office
3. Respondus Monitor Information and Troubleshooting
3.1. About Respondus Monitor and Online Proctoring
Respondus Monitor is an online proctoring service that is used for proctoring the PPL Assessment. Respondus Monitor is a secure testing browser that restricts students from accessing other applications. Respondus Monitor uses students' webcams to record a video as they complete the PPL Assessment, and flags suspicious activity for the institution to review.
When taking the PPL Assessment or any test using an online proctoring service, students are expected to take it as if the were in an inperson proctored environment. No outside materials, websites, videos, people, notes or assistance of an kind is allowed. The testing session must be recorded in order for the PPL score to be valid. Violations of testing rules or suspicious behavior will result in an invalidated test score and may be reported to the Dean of Students.
 Respondus Quick Guide  StepbyStep testing process
 You are encouraged to view the Respondus Terms of Service and Privacy information before taking the PPL Assessment.
 Note that your testing session will be recorded and reviewed.
3.2. General Troubleshooting and Errors
If you are having trouble with the Respondus testing process please try these steps.
 Make sure you have reviewed the Respondus Quick Guide, with stepbystep instructions.
 Make sure you are testing on a PC or MAC. The testing process is not compatible with Chromebooks, iPads, or tablets. You will also need a strong internet connection. If possible, use an ethernet cord instead of using wifi.
 Live Chat with Respondus here.
 Check their Troubleshooting website. This page provides information and assistance with:
 System requirements
 Lockdown Brower is not launching or downloading
 Windows 10 using S mode
 Spyware detection or antivirus software interfering with Respondus
 How to remove programs uning in the background
 Browser not compatable error message
 Screencastify error
 More information can be found through the Student Support FAQs.
 If you are not able to resolve your issue with the links above, please contact Respondus directly by submitting a helpdesk ticket here.
 If you are not able to get Respondus Monitor to work, sometimes the best solution is to use a different computer.
3.3. Check System Requirements
The ALEKS version of the Respondus LockDown Browser is currently supported on Windows (10, 8, 7) and Macintosh (Mac OS 10.12+) computers, and as an iPad (iOS 11.0+) app. Please review the system requirements below and make sure that the device you are using meets these requirements.
System Requirements
Windows  Mac/Macintosh  iPad App  
Operating System  10, 8, 7  Mac OS 10.12 or higher*  iOS 11.0+ 
Memory  75 MB  120 MB  106 MB 
It is not compatible with Chromebooks.
*The current version for Respondus LockDown Browser for Mac available for download on our website is the version 2.0.6.02.
3.4. Unable to launch Respondus Monitor
Sometimes, Respondus Monitor is down for maintenance or other temporary issues. If you see this message, try again in a few hours or the next day.
3.5. Begin Exam Button is Missing or Unresponsive
If the "Begin Exam" button is missing or unresponsive, it is typically caused by a poor connection. See photo below.
To help minimize this problem, we recommend that students try the following:
1) Restart the modem/router to help establish the best possible internet signal.
2) Shut down all bandwidthintensive apps that might be running on the network (Netflix, Prime, YouTube, etc.).
3) Use a hardwired Ethernet connection, if possible.
4) If a hardwired connection is not possible, be as close to the router or access point as possible.
5) Restart the computer, and after it restarts shut down all other programs running on the computer.
6) Try again.
If the issue persists, it may help to use a different internet connection.
3.6. Chat with Respondus Monitor Assistance
Contact Respondus Monitor via live chat.
3.7. I have a Chromebook
At this time, Respondus Monitor does not work with a Chromebook.
The Math Department will offer limited inperson testing in August and a few other times a year.
It may be best to try to borrow a PC or MAC computer to take the test.
3.8. Contact Respondus
Make sure you have checked through the troubleshooting and FAQs before contacting Respondus directly.
If you have checked all of the troubleshooting information and are not able to get Respondus Monitor to work, you can contact them directly by submitting a helpdesk ticket.
4. MATH Credit by Exam & Transfer Credits
4.1. Transfer Math Courses and which courses require an evaluation/preapproval
Many courses have already been evaluated and will automatically transfer to UArizona as a UA Math course. Find out if your course already transfers or needs an evaluation by following the steps below. ***Incoming students need to refer to the information in the Next Steps Center. 

STEP 1  Does your course automatically transfer as a UA Math course? 
Check the articulation databases to see if your course automatically transfers to UArizona as a Math course.
If your math course is not listed in one of the above articulation databases as having a UA equivalent, you can submit an evaluation to see if it will. See Step 2 below.

STEP 2  If your course does not automatically transfer as a UA Math course 
If your transfer Math course is not listed in the databases listed above, or if it shows in your UAccess Transfer Credit report as Math 1tr or 3tr or "rejected", you need to submit an evaluation.
For online courses, you must provide the course syllabus, course grading policy (how grade are calculated) and the exam proctoring policy. Provide this through the evaluation form.

STEP 3  Send your official transcript to UA 

STEP 4  Do you need to register for a UA Math course? 

STEP 5  How is credit awarded? 

4.2. I want to take a math course at another college to obtain UA credit and/or improve my UA math placement. What do I need to do?
Before taking a Math course outside of UArizona, make sure it will transfer!


STEP 1  Does your course automatically transfer? 
Check the articulation databases to see if your course automatically transfers to UArizona as a Math course.
If your math course is not listed in one of the above databases as having a UA equivalent, submit the PreApproval Form before taking the course to make sure it will transfer. See Step 2 below. Notes:

STEP 2 
Submit an evaluation (if your course doesn't automatically transfer) 
If you plan on taking a transfer Math course that is not listed in the databases above, you need to submit a preapproval form.

STEP 3 
Send your official transcript to UA (after course completion) 
Click here for information on sending your Official Transcript to the UA. It may take a few weeks to process. 
STEP 4  Registering for a UA Math course 
First, check if your transfer credit is in the UA system.

STEP 5  How is credit awarded? 
The Math Department does not determine the number of credits that transfer in from a particular institution.

4.3. I have Math credit for International Baccalaureate  IB
View the list of IB Math exams and how UA awards Math credit in the table below:
IB Exam Name 
Required Minimum Score 
UA Math course 
Units 

New as of May 2021  
Mathematics: Analysis & Approaches  HL Exam  5, 6, or 7 
Math 120R & Math 125 
6 units 
Mathematics: Analysis & Approaches  SL Exam  5, 6, or 7  Math 107  3 units 
Mathematics: Applications & Interpretations  HL Exam  5, 6, or 7  Math 107  3 units 
Mathematics: Applications & Interpretations  SL Exam  no credit awarded  
Old Exams, ended 2020  
Mathematics SL Exam 
5, 6, or 7 
Math 107 
3 units 
Mathematics HL Exam 
5, 6, or 7 
Math 120R & Math 125 
6 units 
Math Studies SL Exam  no credit awarded 
Official scores must be sent to the UA Office of the Registrar.
See https://catalog.arizona.edu/policy/internationalbaccalaureateibprogram for other IB exam credits.
What do I need to do to add the next UA Math course based on my Math credit? If your credits are not in the UA system, make sure you have send an unofficial score report to the Math Placement Office.
If you haven’t already, send an Official Score Report to the UA Registrar. This is not provided through your High School.
It is the student's responsibility to make sure he/she is enrolled in the correct UA Math course after college credits are processed into the UA system. Once your score is processed by UA, you can view your credit in UAccess Student: Academic Record: Transfer Credit. Students can contact the Math Placement Office for additional information.
FirstYear Students, or students who attend freshman orientation, must have a placement through SAT I MSS, ACT MATH, or ALEKS PPL for entry into a course at or below the level of Calculus I, even students with college math credits. Incoming students need to refer to the information in the Next Steps Center.
4.4. I have Math credit for the Cambridge International Examination or Pearson Edexcel International:
UA Math awards college level credit for the following Cambridge or Pearson Edexcel International exams:
Cambridge or Pearson Edexcel Internaional Exam Name 
Required Minimum Score 
UA Math course 
Units 

Mathematics ASLevel (MTHAS, Advanced Subsidiary exam) 
E or better 
Math 112 
3 units 
Mathematics ALevel (MATHA, Advanced) 
E or better 
Math 120R & Math 113 
7 units 
Mathematics Further ALevel (MTHFA, Mathematics Further A) 
E or better 
Math 163, 125, & 129 
9 units 
You can view how UA awards credit for other Cambridge Exams here.
What do I need to do to add the next UA Math course based on my Math credit? If your credits are not in the UA system, make sure you have send an unofficial score report to the Math Placement Office.
Send Scores: Official scores must be sent to the UA Office of the Registrar. If you haven’t already, send an Official Score Report to the UA Registrar through the Cambridge International Examination Program site. This is not provided through your High School. Once your score is processed by UA, you can view your credit in UAccess Student: Academic Record: Transfer Credit report.
It is the student's responsibility to make sure he/she is enrolled in the correct UA Math course after college credits are processed into the UA system. Students can contact the Math Placement Office for additional information.
4.5. I have CLEP Math credit
UA Math awards college level credit for the following CLEP exams:
CLEP Exam Name 
Required Minimum Score 
UA Math credit 
Next Course if recent credit 
College Algebra 
50 
Math 112 
Math 113, 116 (after MIS 111), 120R, 119A, 163 
Precalculus 
50 
Math 120R 
Math 113, 116, 122A/B, 119A, 163 
Calculus with Elementary Functions 
50 
Math 125 
Math 129, 163, 263 
No credit is given for the College Mathematics CLEP Exam.
http://catalog.arizona.edu/policy/collegelevelexaminationprogramclep
The CollegeLevel Examination Program (CLEP) is a national system of credit by examination. To view UA information for CLEP exams, see the UA Policy for CLEP Credit.
What do I need to do to add the next UA Math course based on my Math credit? If your credits are not in the UA system, make sure you have send an unofficial score report to the Math Placement Office.
If you haven’t already, send an Official Score Report to the UA Registrar through the College Board CLEP Program site.
It is the student's responsibility to make sure he/she is enrolled in the correct UA Math course after CLEP credits are processed into the UA system. Students can contact the Math Placement Office for additional information.
To take a CLEP Exam:
 Register and pay the exam fee for the appropriate UA accepted Math CLEP exam through clep.collegeboard.org/exams. NOTE: Not all CLEP exams are accepted for credit by the University of Arizona. See the link above for currently accepted exams.
 Call the UA Testing Office at 6217589 to make a testing appointment and pay the proctoring fee.
 Go to the UA Testing Office, 220 W. 6th Street  Building B  Room B116, to take the exam at your appointment date and time.
4.6. I have Advanced Placement (AP) AB, BC, or Statistics Exam Credit
UA Math awards college level credit for the following AP exams:
Exam Name  Required Minimum Score  UA Math Credit  Units 
Calculus AB  3, 4, or 5  Math 125, Calculus I  3 units 
Calculus BC  3  Math 125, Calculus I  3 units 
Calculus BC  4 or 5  Math 125 & Math 129, Calculus I & II  6 units 
AB subscore on Calculus BC  3, 4, or 5  Math 125, Calculus I  3 units 
Statistics  3  Math 163, Basic Statistics  3 units 
Statistics  4 or 5  Math 263, Intro to Statistics and Biostatistics  3 units 
See how other UA awards credit for other AP exams here.
Students can contact the Math Placement Office for additional information about their individual circumstance. It is the student's responsibility to make sure he/she is enrolled in the correct UA Math course after college credits are processed into the UA system.
To get credit for your AP Exam, please do BOTH of these things:

Send an Official Score Report to the UA Registrar through the College Board Advanced Placement Program site. This is not provided through your High School.

Check if UA has processed your score:
 Check to see if your transfer credit is in UAccess You can check this a week before your orientation. If UA has your score, we can use this for your fall schedule. ( see if this link is in the new system)
 If UA does not have your score: Email a copy of your AP score report to the Math Placement Office one week before your orientation. Include your Student ID number (8 digits) and Orientation date. If you have questions about your next math course, please include that in the email.
 If you do not have your score yet, then you may need a math placement for registration purposes. Incoming students should refer to their Next Steps Center.
4.7. I took the AP Calculus exam (AB or BC) in May of this year and don’t have my score yet.
Official scores must be sent to the UA Office of the Registrar. If you did not designate the UA as a recipient of your score at the time of your exam, you may send your scores to the UA through the College Board Advanced Placement Program site.
Note that you will be able to add Math 129 (Calc II), Math 223 (Vector Calc), or Math 254 (Differential Equations) to your fall schedule based on your anticipated AP score. If you expect a score of 4 or 5 on the AB exam, you can add Math 129. If you expect a score of 4 or 5 on the BC exam, you can add Math 223 or 254. Consult your academic advisor. The Math Department will verify these prerequisites starting in August 1. If you find that you received a lower score, please refer to the information and recommendations (link to I have AP credit, how do I know if I am ready to take the “next” course?)
If you have additional questions about this after meeting with your academic advisor, contact the Math Placement Office
4.8. I have college math credit. What course can I take next?
If you have college math credit, you may qualify for UA MATH or other courses. Note that high school dual enrollment credit does not guarantee you are ready for the next UA Math course. You should review the final exam study guides to make sure you are ready.
Find out how AP, IB, Cambridge, CLEP and other credits transfer.
Course registration and transfer prerequisites, in general:
 Entry into Math 108 or 112 is through recent test scores only (PPL for Math 100 final for any student, SAT/ACT Math for first year students only).
 Below the level of Calculus I (Math 122A/B, 125): *For courses in bold below, prerequisites must be less than 2 years old. This list includes Math 106, 107, 113, 116, 119A, 120R, 122A/B, 263, 302A.
 Entry into Math 125 is through AP credit for Math 125, or test scores only (PPL for any student, SAT/ACT Math for first year students only).
 At or above the level of Calculus II (Math 129): For entry into MATH courses at or above the level of Calculus II (Math 129), you need the correct prerequisite. If the course is more than 2 years old, you can still register at this level, but may want to first review.
 To find registration information about other courses, check here.
The chart below gives the transfer or dual enrollment prerequisite for some of our courses.
Transfer Math Credit/Prerequisite 
Next Course *denotes that transfer prerequisite it must be less than 2 years old, or student will need to take the PPL Assessment. 
Recommended review to make sure you know the content of UArizona courses. 
Intermediate Algebra like PIma MAT 095/097  Math *106, *107  
Math 107, Understanding Data  SBS 200, ISTA 116, AREC 239, *Math 302A  
Math 112, College Algebra 
Courses listed above and Math *113, *116 (after MIS 111), *120R, *119A, 163, *263 MCB 181L/R, CHEM 141/151, PHYS 102, other courses 

Math 113, Elements of Calculus Math 116, Calculus Concepts for Business 
Courses listed above and *Math 120R 
Review UA Math 112 Final Exam Study Guide 
Math 120R, Calculus Preparation  Courses listed above and MATH*122A/B  Review UA Math 120R Exam Study Guides 
Math 122B or Math 125, Calculus I  Math 129  Review UA Math 122B/125 Final Exam Study Guide 
Math 129, Calculus II  Math 223, Math 254, Math 313  Review UA Math 129 Final Exam Study Guide 
Other Math credit  Check here, or consult your advisor  See course websites. 
If you are a first year student, you may also qualify through sufficient SAT or ACT Math scores. Student may also be able to take the PPL Assessment to try to qualify for a Math course. SAT, ACT, and PPL score expire after 1 year.
4.9. I have credit for AP Statistics. What does this count for? What course can I take next?
See chart below. UA Math 163 and 263 are not prerequisites to UA Math or lab science courses (MCB 181L/R, CHEM 141/151, PHYS 102/181) other than Math 302A, which applies to some Education majors.
_{Exam Name } 
_{Required Minimum Score } 
_{UA Math Credit } 
_{ Notes } 

Statistics 
3 
Math 163, Basic Statistics 
Substitutes for Math 106, 107, SBS 200, PSY 230 
Statistics 
4 or 5 
Math 263, Intro to Statistics and Biostatistics 
Substitutes for Math 106, 107, SBS 200, PSY 230 
If your major requires Math 112 or higher and you have statistics credit, you may still need to take Math 112 as it is needed as a prerequisite to other courses in your major. Consult your academic advisor.
4.10. I have AP or other Calculus credit, how do I know if I am ready to take the “next” course?
Not all AP students are ready to move to the next math course. Many students choose to begin their college math courses with the same level they just finished in high school. This way, students can fill gaps and reinforce necessary skills while getting used to college life.
To help determine what course you are ready for:
Visit our Calculus webpages(link to https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/ )You will find Final Exam study guides on each page. If you find yourself very familiar with the content of a guide, you may be ready to move on to the next course.
Our recommendations based on past student success.
AP Exam 
If you received a 
Recommendation if more calculus is required. 

Calculus AB or AB subscore 
3 
You might be ready to move on to Math 129, but work through the Math 125 final exam study guide to be sure: https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/calc1/math125 Many students who have a 3 on the AB exam and need Calculus II or higher take Math 125 before moving on to Calculus II, Math 129. 
4 or 5 
You are likely ready to move on to Math 129. Make sure you work through the Math 125 final exam study guide to be sure: https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/calc1/math125 

Calculus BC 
3 
You are likely ready to move on to Math 129, but work through the Math 125 final exam study guide to be sure: https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/calc1/math125 
4 or 5 
You are likely ready for Math 223, Vector Calculus or Math 254, Differential Equations. Make sure you work through the Math 129 final exam study guide to be sure: https://calculus.math.https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/math129arizona.edu/calc1/math129 We recommend 223 first, if possible. 
4.11. Credit by Exam
Generally students will earn Math credit by exam through the CLEP Examination process.
In limited circumstances, the Math Dept may approve a UA Credit by Exam. The available courses for Credit by Exam may change over time. To see if a course has the option to earn Credit by Exam, look in the UA Course Catalog. In the course description of a particular course, you should see a Course Attribute that says "Special Exam Credit Only" if the Credit by Exam option is offered. If this course attribute is not stated, then Credit by Exam is not offered for that course.
Note that you must demonstrate that you are a good candidate for credit by exam in order to be allowed to take one through the Math Department. To see if you qualify for credit by exam for a UA Math course, please fill out the online Credit by Exam request form.
4.12. Is my transfer or AP (or other) credit in the UA system?
1. Go to Uaccess Student, Student Center.
2. Go to the Academic Record Tab
3. Go to Transfer Credit
4. Any transfer credits posted in the UA system will appear here and may look something like this.
If credit transfers as Math 1tr or Math 3tr and is NOT Intermediate Algebra and is more than 2.5 units, then the course needs an evaluation :
Intermediate algebra courses transfer as math elective credit if they are from 2008 present. These do not need an evaluation.
Beginning algebra, Intro to Algebra, PreAlgebra, Basic Math, and similar courses are noncredit and do not need an evaluation.
Some courses look they they are partially elective credit like the one below, but these do not require an evaluation (a 1 or 2 credit Math 1tr does not need an evaluation) . The course below transferred as Math 120R (4 units) and Math 1tr 1unit. This sometimes happens when a course has more units that the UA version.
AP and other credit by exam appears here as well.
4.13. Transfer Credit Evaluation: Does my Transfer Math course need to be evaluated?
Incoming students: refer to the Math Placement section in Next Steps Center. PreApproval Form: for students who have not yet completed a transfer course. 

Many courses have already been evaluated and will automatically transfer to UArizona as a UA Math course.


Follow the flowchart below to determine if your transfer credit needs to be evaluated: 

Is your credit posted in UAccess Student Center? Click here for steps to check UAccess Transfer Credit Report.

YES, my transfer credits are posted in the UAccess Student Center. 
If your credit transfers as an Equivalent Course (i.e. Math 112, Math 223, etc.) there is no further action required


If your credit transfers as Math 1tr or Math 3tr, then the course needs to be evaluated. Submit the Transfer Credit Evaluation form.


NO, my transfer credits are not posted in the UAccess Student Center yet. 
First, check the articulation databases to see if your course automatically transfers to UArizona as a Math course:

YES, my course is listed in the database and has an equivalent UA Math Course 
Send your Official Transcript to the UA to receive credit in UAccess. Click here for steps to send your Official Transcript to the UA. It may take a few weeks to process. 

NO, my course is not listed in the database 
Submit the Transfer Credit Evaluation form.
The Placement Office will contact you after evaluation. 
FAQs: Are you having trouble registering for your next course?
How is credit awarded?
Further Questions? Contact the Math Placement Office

4.14. Transfer Credit PreApproval: Does the course I’m planning on taking at another institution need to be preapproved?
Incoming students: refer to the Math Placement section in Next Steps Center. 

Before taking a Math course outside of UArizona, make sure it will transfer!


Follow the flowchart below to determine if your transfer credit needs to be preapproved: 

Check the articulation databases to see if your course would automatically transfer to UArizona as a Math course

YES, my course is listed in the database and has an equivalent UA Math Course 
Your course will transfer to UA! Send your Official Transcript to the UA after completing the course to receive credit in UAccess. Click here for steps to send your Official Transcript to the UA. It may take a few weeks to process. 
NO, my course is not listed in the database 
Submit the Transfer Credit PreApproval form.
The Placement Office will contact you after evaluation. 
FAQs: Are you having trouble registering for your next course?
How is credit awarded?
Further Questions? Contact the Math Placement Office

5. Course Placement
5.1. What course did I place into?
Placement score requirements for courses can be found here:
http://math.arizona.edu/academics/placement/courses
Note that test scores (ALEKS PPL, SAT I MSS , ACT MATH, MCGL) are good for one year. Transfer course work must be recent to be used for placement
5.2. Satisfy GStrand (Math 105, PHIL 110) Math Requirement Through PPL Assessment Score
This only applies toward majors in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities, Education, or majors in SBS and CLAS who can take Math 105, Math 106, or PHIL 110 to satisfy their foundation math requirement. If you are not sure, check your Academic Advisement Report in Uaccess Student or consult your Academic Advisor.
Students may satisfy the Math 105, Math 106, or PHIL 110 requirement through the PPL Assessment (math placement test). Please see rules below.
 The student can take the examination twice during the student's first year at UA.
 This is a proctored test administered through Respondus, or through the Math Department on certain dates.
 There is a fee for taking this test, generally a $26 testing fee. There may be an additional proctoring fee.
 A score of 60% or higher is required on the PPL Assessment.
 Click here for testing information and instructions.
 Contact the Math Placement Office or your Academic Advisor if you have additional questions
5.3. Review for MATH 129, MATH 223 and MATH 254
Prepare for Calculus II: MATH 129
 Trig identities and definitions
 Differentiation Problems and Solutions
 Integration Problems and Solutions
 Calculus I Review, Math 122B Final Exam Review  look under Final Exam Review
Prepare for Vector Calculus: MATH 223
 Trig identities and definitions
 Calculus II Review, Math 129 Final Exam Review  look under Final Exam Review
Prepare for Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations: MATH 254
 Calculus II Review, Math 129 Final Exam Review  look under Final Exam Review
5.4. SAT I MSS, ACT MATH for Incoming First Year Students Only
SAT I MSS (MATH) or ACT MATH scores can be used for entry into courses at or below the level of UA Calculus I for incoming first year students only. Test scores are good for one year only. If your scores are not in the UA system, you can send a copy to the Math Placement Office. Make sure it includes your full name, the test date, and the Math score.
See if your score qualifies you for a math course.
If your SAT I MSS (MATH) or ACT MATH scores do not place you into the math requirement for your major, take the PPL Assessment in your Next Steps Center.
6. Registration
6.1. If I wait until classes start, can I ask a math instructor to sign me into a course?
Please note that instructors cannot waive math placement requirements.
The best way to register for a math class is via UAccess registration. Seats in math courses often become available during the first week of classes, and those seats will show up in the registration system. Check UAccess often.
6.2. I have met the prerequisite/placement requirements, yet am unable to register. What's going on?
If you believe you qualify for a Math course, but are receiving a registration error, contact the Math Placement Office for assistance.
Please try to register before contacting us.
6.3. I am currently enrolled in a math course at Pima Community College (or other institution). Will I be able to preregister for the next math course at the UA?
No. In order to be eligible for the next math course, we must verify a passing grade of C or better in the prerequisite. Email an unofficial transcript to placement@math.arizona.edu as soon as possible. Any email should include your UA SID and a explanation of why we are receiving your unofficial transcript. Once we verify the course and grade, we can open enrollment into the next course.
Exceptions are made for Math 129 (Calc II), Math 223 (Vector Calc), and Math 254 (Differential Equations) for Fall incoming students, or for current students taking prerequisites over summer. We allow students to register June 1August 1. Eligibility is verified before classes begin. Students will be expected to verify a grade of C or better in the prerequisite to remain enrolled.
6.4. I want to take a course below the level of a course I have already completed. Can I do that?
Students are not allowed to register for courses that serve as prerequisites of courses they have already successfully completed. Exceptions must be approved by the Math Placement Office (Note that MATH 106, 107, 163, and 263 do not serve as prerequisites and thus do not fall under this rule.)
6.5. My major requires MATH 125, but what if I only place into MATH 122A/B. Is that a problem?
No. Although some degree program material solely lists MATH 125 as the requirement, in reality MATH 122B and MATH 125 satisfy the same requirement, so taking MATH 122A/B instead of MATH 125 is not a problem.
The standard Calculus I course is MATH 122A+122B. MATH 125 is simply the accelerated version for students who score extremely well on the ALEKS PPL Math Placement test. Students from both courses can continue into MATH 129 (Calculus II), if their program requires another semester of calculus.
6.6. I took a placement test at my other college. Can I use those results for placement at the UA?
We can use recent college level math credits to determine your math placement, but we do not consider results from placement tests at other institutions. Although another test might include topics similar to those on our Math Placement test, the scoring and resulting placement process is unique to each institution. Past experience shows that we are unable to consistently determine an appropriate UA MATH course from an outside placement test, and consequently we do not take such tests into consideration.
6.7. I took the UA Math Placement Test back when I was a freshman, but I have not yet taken any math courses. Do I need to take the Math Placement Test again?
The ALEKS PPL Math Placement test results are only valid for one year. There may be other factors that determine a placement, but most of those also expire over time. You probably need to take the test again. Click here for testing information and instructions. You can contact the Math Placement Office if you are unsure.
7. First and Second Year Math Courses
7.1. Review and Prepare for Math Courses, Tips for Success
Tips For Success for UA MATH Courses
 Start preparing before classes begin. Go to the COURSE WEBSITE, look at the course syllabus, and get started on the first few weeks of assignments, with the goal that the first few weeks of lecture will be review. This is a formula for success. Do not walk into your first UA math course without review.
 Students who place into a course with the minimum requirements should consider taking the prerequisite.
 Review and be prepared.
Review Prerequisite Material
Once you have satisfied the eligibility requirements for a particular UA MATH course, it is important to know the prerequisite material for that particular course. Below is a list of UA MATH courses with links to material that students need to know prior to taking that particular course. In general, this is material that is not reviewed during the course.
 Prepare for College Algebra and lower level Math courses: MATH 106, 107, 108, 112
 Prepare for Preparation for Calculus: MATH 120R
 Math 112 preparation materials listed above
 College Algebra and some trig, Solutions
 Trig identities and definitions
 Trigonometry Review, Solutions
 Prepare for Elements of Calculus: MATH 113, Calculus Concepts for Business: Math 116
 Prepare for Calculus I: MATH 122A/B, 125
 Math 120R preparation materials listed above
 Math 120R website
 Calculus Preparation
 Precalculus Review
 Some Review AlgebraPrecalculus
7.2. Fall Schedule For Success, Math 100 and SAS 100AX
The purpose of this course is to prepare students for a universitylevel math class and place into their major’s required math courses. Successful completion of Math 100 provides students with the skills and placement level needed for their next math course. Approximately 7080% of Math 100 students place into a universitylevel math course at the end of the course.
For part of the course, students work in an online, individualized program called ALEKS. Using this program, students create their own paths through the course content and tackle problems when they are truly ready to master them.
Math 100 and SAS 100AX were designed to help students prepare for their next UA Math course (Math 106, 107, 108, or 112) and fill in any gaps from high school.
Students who did not progress to high school precalculus generally place into Math 100. Students who took high school statistics senior year, or did not take math their senior year or last semester, generally place into Math 100.
If you have taken a high school precalculus course, you may be able to place higher through the PPL Assessment.
If you have taken a high school Precalculus course and have a Math 100 placement, then the PPL Assessment is recommended. If your highest Algebrabased math course is Algebra II, then your placement into Math 100 is correct. Statistics courses are not Algebrabased, so if your last class was high school Statistics and you did not take Precalculus, Math 100 is the correct placement.
Any student can take the PPL Assessment to try to qualify for a higher level math course. Scores are processed overnight and will appear in your Next Steps Center. Please note that if you have not taken a high school Precalculus course, then Math 100 is the correct placement.
If you take the PPL Assessment and place out of Math 100 and SAS 100AX, you will need to contact the Math Placement Office to drop these courses. Please include your UA Student ID or NetID in the body of your email.
Check for your SAT and ACT scores in your Next Steps Center. The date range for these scores is 08/01/2019 to present. If you have a test score in this date range that is not showing in your Next Steps Center, please email an unofficial copy of your scores to the Math Placement Office. Make sure to include your UA Student ID or NetID in the body of your email and include your orientation date.
Note:

You need at least a score of SAT I MSS 530 or ACT MATH 21 for placement into Math 106/107 (only required for restricted majors, not prerequisites to most other math courses).

You need at least a score of SAT I MSS 560 or ACT MATH 24 for placement into Math 108/112.
You may qualify for a different math course, depending on the credit you have. Please contact the Math Placement Office about your credit. If it is not already in the UA system (how to check UAccess), then you will need to provide an unofficial college level transcript or test credit report.
Please contact the Math Placement Office to drop these courses. Please include your UA Student ID or NetID in the body of your email.
7.3. Math 100 Math Lab, Review Course to Prepare Students for Math 106, 107, 108, 112 (Depending on Major)
Math 100  Math Lab (3 credits)
Description: The purpose of this course is to prepare students for a universitylevel math class. Successful completion of Math 100 provides students with the skills and placement level needed for their next math course.
Placement Level: Students who have a PPL score that places them below Math 106, 107, 108, or 112 (depending on major) take Math 100 and SAS 100AX.
Comments: Math 100 is a review course designed to prepare students for the next UA Math course. This course uses an artificially intelligent assessment and learning system that uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine what math topics a student knows, then instructs each student individually on the topics they are most ready to learn. Fall first year students in Math 100 are also enrolled in SAS 100AX and participate in Schedule For Success
7.4. Math 106 For Students in the College of Education
Math 106  Exploring and Understanding Patterns, Functions, and Modeling for Elementary Teachers (3 credits)
Description: This course explores algebraic thinking from early childhood through middle school, with a focus on the different conceptions of algebra, including generalized arithmetic; patterns and functions; and modeling. Students will examine the different topics in K8 algebra from an advanced perspective. Examinations are proctored.
Placement Level: PPL score of 30100% , SAT I MSS 530800, ACT MATH 2136 required. Test scores expire after one year. SAT/ACT placement is generally for first year students only.
Prerequisite: Recent Intermediate Algebra course like PIma MAT 095 or 097 completed within the last 2 years. Math 100 is not a prerequisite, students must qualify through the Math 100 final.
If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Take Math 100, then Math 106
Comments: This course is generally for majors within the College of Education. This course cannot be used as a prerequisite for any other mathematics courses (except Math 302A for Elementary Education.) If you think you might change your major to one that does not allow Math 106, you should consider Math 107 or 112 instead.
7.5. Math 107 For Students in SBS, PSYCBA, and a few other majors.
Math 107  Exploring and Understanding Data (3 credits)
Description: This course helps students understand, interpret, and represent data in a useful way to prepare students for courses in statistics. The course will provide students with the knowledge of basic mathematical and software tools and concepts which they can utilize to interpret quantitative information they encounter in their daily life. With the knowledge they gain, students will be able to better understand and assess the validity of quantitative information they receive through the web, newspaper, television, etc. Course topics will include creating various data summaries and descriptive statistics, probability, normal distributions, linear and other regression models, applying techniques to real world data.
Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 30100% , SAT I MSS 530800, ACT MATH 2136 required. Test scores expire after one year. SAT/ACT placement is generally for first year students only.
If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Take Math 100, then Math 107
Comments: Not a prerequisite to other MATH courses. Prerequisite to SBS 200, ISTA 116. For the following majors: Care Health and Society, Communication, Criminal Justice, Family Studies and Human Development, Information Science and Arts, Political Science, Psychology BA, Public Management and Policy, Regional Development, Sociology. Generally a Spring course.
7.6. Math 108 For Architecture and Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Math 108  Modeling with Algebraic and Trigonometric Functions (4 credits)
Description: Using algebraic and trigonometric functions to model reallife situations. Course topics include ratios and proportions, functions and graphs, linear and quadratic functions and equations, trigonometric functions and equations, sinusoidal curvefitting, exponential and logarithmic functions and equations, all with an emphasis on relevant applications.
Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 40100% , SAT I MSS 560800, ACT MATH 2436 required. Test scores expire after one year. SAT/ACT placement is generally for first year students only.
If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Take Math 100, then Math 108
Comments: This course is designed for Architecture and Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences majors only. Prerequisite to Math 113.
7.7. Math 112 College Algebra
MATH 112  College Algebra Concepts and Applications (3 units)
Description: Topics include properties of functions and graphs, linear and quadratic equations, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions with applications. Students are expected to have a graphing calculator.
Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 40100% , SAT I MSS 560800, ACT MATH 2436 required. Test scores expire after one year. SAT/ACT placement is generally for first year students only.
If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Take Math 100, then Math 112
Comments: UA MATH 112 is a prerequisite to UA Math 113 (C or higher required) , 116 (C or higher and MIS 111/BE 120 required), 119A, 120R, 163 and other courses.
7.8. Math 113 Overview of Calculus for Psychological Sciences, Pharmacy, Econ, Speech Language Hearing Sci (after Math 108), and a few other majors
Math 113  Elements of Calculus (3 credits)
Description: Introductory topics in differential and integral calculus.
Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 60100% , SAT I MSS 640800, ACT MATH 2636, or UA Math 112 (grade of C or higher) or UA Math 108 (grade of C or higher) required for placement into this course. Test scores expire after one year. SAT/ACT placement is generally for first year students only.
If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 112 or 108 (grade of C or higher), then Math 113. Transfer prerequisites must be less than 2 years old to place a student into Math 113.
Math 120R is also a prerequisite to Math 113.
Comments: For Pharmacy majors, PsYesychological Sciences, Anthropology BS, Economics, some majors within the College of Agriculture. Because this course is considered a survey of calculus, it cannot be used to satisfy the Math 122B/125 requirement and cannot be used as a prerequisite to additional calculus courses such as Math 122A, 122B, 125, or 129. Students who need Calculus I should take Math 120R, then 122A/B instead.
7.9. Math 116 Calculus for Business and Related Majors
Math 116 – Calculus Concepts for Business Majors (3 credits)
Description: Introductory topics in differential and integral calculus: particular emphasis on understanding the principal concepts and their applications to business. Graphing calculators are used for further understanding these concepts.
Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 60100% , SAT I MSS 640800, ACT MATH 2636, or UA Math 112 (grade of C or higher) required for placement into this course. Test scores expire after one year. SAT/ACT placement is generally for first year students only.
If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 112 (grade of C or higher) (and MIS 111/BE 120), then Math 116. Students can also take Math 116 after taking Math 120R (and MIS 111/BE 120).
Transfer math prerequisites must be less than 2 years old to place a student into Math 116.
Comments: This course is for all majors within Eller College and a few in Ag and Life Sciences. Because this course is a survey of calculus for business related majors, it cannot be used to satisfy the Math 122B/125 requirement and cannot be used as a prerequisite to additional calculus courses such as Math 122A, 122B, 125, or 129. Students who need Calculus I should take Math 120R, then 122A/B instead. Generally available in Spring as students must also have completed MIS 111 or ABE 120 to be eligible.
7.10. Math 119A Special Calculus Course with Biological Emphasis, alternative for Biology, EEB, MCB, and a few other majors
Math 119A  Mathematics of Biological Systems: A Calculus Based Approach (4 credits)
Description: This course uses real world examples drawn from biology, ecology, and physiology to develop and study models of biological dynamical systems using concepts from calculus.
Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 60100% , SAT I MSS 640800, ACT MATH 2636, or UA Math 112 required for placement into this course. Test scores expire after one year. SAT/ACT placement is generally for first year students only.
If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 112, then Math 119A. Transfer prerequisites must be less than 2 years old to place a student into Math 119A. Math 120R is also a prerequisite to Math 119A.
Comments: This course is for majors within Physiology, Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Psychological Sciences, Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences and a few other majors. Consult your advisor before enrolling in Math 119A. This course does not cover the same content as Math 122B/125 and cannot be used as a prerequisite to additional calculus courses such as Math 122A, 122B, 125, or 129. Students who need Calculus I should take Math 120R, then 122A/B. Math 119A is not a prerequisite to Math 129, Calculus II.
7.11. Math 163 Basic Statistics
Math 163 Basic Statistics (3 credits)
Description: Organizing data: displaying distributions, measures of center, measures of spread, scatterplots, correlation, regression, and their interpretation. Design of experiments: simple random samples and their sampling distribution, models from probability, normal distributions, and normal approximations. Statistical inference: confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, t procedures and chisquare tests. Not intended for those who plan further studies in statistics.
Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 60100% , SAT I MSS 640800, ACT MATH 2636, or UA Math 112 required for placement into this course. Test scores expire after one year. SAT/ACT placement is generally for first year students only.
If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 112, then Math 163. Students who have credit for Math 120R, 122B or 125 also qualify to enroll in Math 163.
Comments: Not a prerequisite for any math or lab science (CHEM, MBC, PHYS) courses. Students in nursing, nutritional sciences should take this instead of Math 263. Recommended as a second semester course.
7.12. Math 263 Intro to Statistics and BioStatistics
MATH 263 Introduction to Statistics and BioStatistics (3 credits)
Description: Organizing data; distributions, measures of center and spread, scatterplots, nonlinear models and transformations, correlation, regression. Design of experiments: models from probability, discrete and continuous random variables, normal distributions, sampling distributions, the central limit theorem. Statistical inference; confidence intervals and test of significance, t procedures, inference for count data, twoway tables and chisquare procedures, inference for regression, analysis of variance.
Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 60100% , SAT I MSS 640800, ACT MATH 2636, or UA Math 112, 120R, 122B, or 125 required for placement into this course. Test scores expire after one year. SAT/ACT placement is generally for first year students only.
If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 112, although students should first complete their foundation math requirement before taking Math 263. Students who have credit for Math 120R, 122B or 125 also qualify to enroll in Math 163. Transfer credit must be less than 2 years old.
Comments: Math 263 is not a prerequisite to other math courses. This course is a more thorough treatment of statistics for majors in the College of Science, Physiology, and a few other majors. Recommended as a second semester course or later, after foundation math requirement has been completed.
7.13. Math 120RPrecalc
Math 120R  Calculus Preparation (4 units)
Description: Reviews algebra and trigonometry; study of functions including polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric. Graphing calculators are required in this course.
Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 60100%, SAT I MSS 640800, ACT MATH 2636 required. Test scores expire after one year. SAT/ACT placement is generally for first year students only.
If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 112, then Math 120R. Transfer prerequisites must be less than 2 years old to place a student into Math 120R.
Comments: This course is intended to prepare students for Math 122A/B. Students who need to take Math 122A/B but do not place into it, should take Math 120R first (C or higher required).
7.14. Math 122A Math 122A+122B is our Recommended Calculus Sequence
MATH 122A –Functions for Calculus (1 unit)
Description: Elementary functions, their properties, and uses in modeling. This is a 3.5 week course where students will work with applying prerequisite concepts to the standard transcendental functions, pulling them into the mechanics, approach, and conceptual understanding of what is required for Calculus. A graphing calculator is required for this course.
Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 75100% , SAT I MSS 660800, ACT MATH 2836 , or UA Math 120R (grade of C or higher) required. Test scores expire after one year. SAT/ACT placement is generally for first year students only.
If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 112, then Math 120R (grade of C or higher), then Math 122A. Transfer prerequisites must be less than 2 years old to place a student into Math 122A.
Comments: Enroll in both Math 122A and 122B prior to the start of the semester. Students must complete this course with a grade of C or higher to continue on to Math 122B. Students who do not successfully complete Math 122A with a C or higher after the first 3.5 weeks enrolled in Math 122A will be administratively switched to Math 120R.
7.15. Math 122BTaken along with Math 122A
MATH 122B – FirstSemester Calculus (4 units)
Description: An introduction to firstsemester calculus for engineering, science and math students, from rates of change to integration, with an emphasis on understanding, problem solving, and modeling. Topics covered include key concepts of derivative and definite integral, techniques of differentiation, and applications, using algebraic and transcendental functions. Examinations are proctored. Except as per University policy on repeating a course, credit will not be given for this course if the student has credit in a higher level math course. Such students may be dropped from the course.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Math 122A
If I did not take Math 122A or placed below Math 122A: Math 100, then Math 112, then Math 120R (grade of C or higher) , Math 122A (grade of C or higher) , then Math 122B.
Comments: Enroll in both Math 122A and 122B prior to the start of the semester. This course begins during the 4th week of classes. Math 122B gives students a solid foundation needed to continue on to other courses such as Math 129. Any colleges listing Math 125 as their math requirement will accept Math 122B.
7.16. Math 125 Accelerated Calculus for Students Who have Experience with Calculus.
MATH 125  Calculus I (3 units)
Description: An accelerated version of Math 122B. See description of Math 122B.
Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 92100% , SAT I MSS 730800, ACT MATH 3236 or AP Calculus credit required. Test scores expire after one year. SAT/ACT placement is generally for first year students only.
Comments: Placement for this course is at a higher level than Math 122A/B due to its accelerated format. Any major indicating Math 125 as its math requirement will accept Math 122B. This course uses the same text and syllabus as Math 122B. This course is for independent and highly motivated students. More work is done by the student outside of class than in Math 122A/B. This course is intended for students who have had prior experience with calculus. Math 122A/B is the recommended sequence for first semester calculus students.
7.17. Math 129 Calc II
MATH 129  Calculus II (3 units)
Description: Continuation of MATH 122B or MATH 125. Techniques of symbolic and numerical integration, applications of the definite integral to geometry, physics, economics, and probability; differential equations from a numerical, graphical, and algebraic point of view; modeling using differential equations, approximations by Taylor series.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Math 122B or Math 125 or AP AB score of 3 or higher or AP BC score of 3.
Some students take Math 100, then Math 112, then Math 120R (grade of C or higher) , Math 122A (grade of C or higher) , Math 122B (grade of C or higher) , then Math 129.
Are you ready for Math 129: Go to the Math 122B or 125 final exam study guide https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/calc1/math125 to review before classes begin and to help you decide if you are ready.
7.18. Math 223 Vector Calc (Calc III)
MATH 223  Vector Calculus (4 units)
Description: The course covers differential and integral calculus of functions of several variables. Topics include vector valued and scalar functions, partial derivatives, directional derivatives, chain rule, local optimization, double and triple integrals, the line integral, Green's theorem, Stokes' theorem and the Divergence theorem. Examinations are proctored.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Math 129, or AP BC score of 4 or 5.
Some students take Math 100, then Math 112, then Math 120R (grade of C or higher) , Math 122A (grade of C or higher) , Math 122B (grade of C or higher) , Math 129 (grade of C or higher) , then Math 223.
Are you ready for Math 223: Go to the Math 129 final exam study guide https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/calc1/math129 to review before classes begin and to help you decide if you are ready.
7.19. Math 254Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations
MATH 254  Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations (3 units)
Description: Solution methods for ordinary differential equations, qualitative techniques; includes matrix methods approach to systems of linear equations and series solutions.
Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Math 129 or AP BC score of 4 or 5.
Some students take Math 100, then Math 112, then Math 120R (grade of C or higher) , Math 122A (grade of C or higher) , Math 122B (grade of C or higher) , Math 129 (grade of C or higher) , then Math 254.
Are you ready for Math 254: Go to the Math 129 final exam study guide https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/calc1/math129 to review before classes begin and to help you decide if you are ready.
7.20. Math 302A  For Elementary Education Teaching Majors
Math 302A  Understanding Elementary Mathematics (3 credits)
Description: Development of a basis for understanding the common processes in elementary mathematics related to whole numbers, fractions, integers, and probability. This course is for elementary education majors only.
Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 60100% required. Test scores expire after one year.
If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 106, then Math 302A
Comments: For majors within the College of Education only. This course cannot be used as a prerequisite for any other mathematics courses (except Math 302B for Elementary Education.)
7.21. Math 302B  For Elementary Ed Teaching Majors
Math 302B  Understanding Elementary Mathematics B (3 credits)
Description: Development of a basis for understanding the common processes in elementary mathematics related to estimation, graphing of functions, measurement, geometry, and data analysis. This course is for elementary education majors only.
Placement Level: Cannot place directly into this course. Students must take Math 302A first.
Comments: For majors within the College of Education only. This course cannot be used as a prerequisite for any other mathematics courses.
7.22. Phil 110  For Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities, some SBS, and other selected majors
Phil 110  Logic and Critical Thinking (3 credits)
Description: Students will develop rational thinking skills through a combination of theory and practice. They will discuss good and bad thinking habits, learning to apply the former and to avoid the latter. This class includes an introduction to truthtables and rules of inference in symbolic logic. The aim is to improve students' capacity for rational reasoning, question widely held beliefs, resist empty rhetoric and propaganda, distinguish relevant from irrelevant considerations, and construct sound arguments. PHIL 110 satisfies the math requirement for some majors.
Placement Level: No placement level or score required.
Comments: Can only be used for certain majors. If a student places into Math 100 and their major requires only a General Strand Math, they should take this or Ling 123. This course is not a prerequisite to any UA Math course.
Majors that allow LING 123 or PHIL 110 include: All majors in the Collge of Fine Arts and Humanities, African Studies, American Indian Studies, Anthropology BA, Applied Humanities, Ariabic, Classics, Creative Writing, East Asian Studies, English, Environmental Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, General Studies, Geography BA, Global Studies, History, Information Science and eSociety, Journalism, Judaic Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literacy, Learning, Leadership, Mexican American Studies, Middle Eastern and North African Stidies, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Philosophy Politics and Law, Deaf Studies, Professional and Technical Writing, Rehabilitation Studies and Services, Studies of Global Media.
Most majors in the College of Applied Science and Technology can also take PHIL 110/LING 123 except Government and Public Service.
If you are not sure if your major will allow PHIL 110 or LING 123 to satisfy the foundation math requirement for your major, please consult your academic advisor.
7.23. Ling 123  For Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities, some SBS and other selected majors
Ling 123  Introduction to Mathematical Approaches to Language (3 credits)
Description: This introductory course will work through concepts like set theory, basic logic, and formal language theory from the ground up to help explore and understand differences like these, which occur in our language (and any other) every day. The notions we will use are very rich and powerful, but are really intuitive and easy to work with. The course is an excellent opportunity to explore powerful tools that have mathematical power and precision (but with virtually no numbers!) to model accessible and intriguing data in the language domain. LING 123 satisfies the math requirement for some majors.
Placement Level: No placement level or score required.
Comments: Can only be used for certain majors with a General Strand Math foundation requirement. If a student places into Math 100 and their major requires only a General Strand Math, they should take this or Phil 110.This course is not a prerequisite to any UA Math course.
Majors that allow LING 123 or PHIL 110 include: All majors in the Collge of Fine Arts and Humanities, African Studies, American Indian Studies, Anthropology BA, Applied Humanities, Ariabic, Classics, Creative Writing, East Asian Studies, English, Environmental Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, General Studies, Geography BA, Global Studies, History, Information Science and eSociety, Journalism, Judaic Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Literacy, Learning, Leadership, Mexican American Studies, Middle Eastern and North African Stidies, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Philosophy Politics and Law, Deaf Studies, Professional and Technical Writing, Rehabilitation Studies and Services, Studies of Global Media.
Most majors in the College of Applied Science and Technology can also take PHIL 110/LING 123 except Government and Public Service.
If you are not sure if your major will allow PHIL 110 or LING 123 to satisfy the foundation math requirement for your major, please consult your academic advisor.
7.24. SBS 200  Statistics for the Social Sciences
SBS 200  Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences (4 credits)
Description: An introductory course in the fundamentals of modern statistics with applications and examples in the social and behavioral sciences. Topics include: methods for describing and summarizing data, probability, random sampling, estimating population parameters, significance tests, contingency tables, simple linear regression, and correlation
Placement Level: ALEKS PPL score of 60100%, SAT I MSS 640800, ACT MATH 2636 required. Test scores expire after one year.
If my scores are lower than the Placement Level: Math 100, then Math 107 or Math 112, then SBS 200
Comments: If a student who needs this class places directly into it, then it may count as the math foundation requirement depending on the major. Students should always verify this with their major advisor. If they did not test at this level, then Math 107 should be completed beforehand.
7.25. Other Math Courses
You can find some additional Math course information in the table below, or through the following links:
8. Handouts
8.1. Find out about about Calculus courses and prerequisites
Math Information for Students who Plan on Taking UA Calculus
Click here for Handout. (PDF)
8.2. Review for calculus
https://calculus.math.arizona.edu/
8.3. Find out about the Math Minor requirements
Click below for the Math Minor Requirements Handout (PDF)
https://www.math.arizona.edu/files/academics/MathMinor.pdf
8.4. Find out about the Statistics and Data Science Minor requirements
Click below for the Statistics and Data Science Minor Requirements handout (PDF)