College Algebra Placement

What is College Algebra?

College Algebra is an introductory MATH course offered by the University for undergraduate students.

Topics include the solution and application of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities; functions, graphs, and theory of equations; matrix solutions of systems of equations and basic properties of matrices.

Currently, there are 4 subsets of this class that show up equally on students' transcripts:

COLLEGE ALGEBRA WITHOUT A LAB

  • Course shows as "MATH 1203"
  • Includes sections MATH 1203-002 to MATH 1203-035
  • Requires ACT Math Score of 23, SAT Math Score of 570, Math Placement Score of 46

This course sections do not include the need for a review element to the class. The class typically meets 3 times a week and is intended for students who have a familiar grasp on Algebra without needing topical review. This course counts for 3 credit hours.

COLLEGE ALGEBRA WITH 1 HOUR LAB

  • Course shows as "MATH 1203" and lab shows as "MATH 0001L"
  • Includes sections MATH 1203-051 to MATH 1203-069, students MUST also enroll in any section of MATH 0001L
  • Requires ACT Math Score of 19, SAT Math Score of 510, Math Placement Score of 30

Based on placement scores, this course section is for students who may need an extra hour of review. The class typically meets 4 times a week where students are required to attend a drill session 1 time per week. This course counts for 3 credit hours.

COLLEGE ALGEBRA WITH 2 HOUR LAB

  • Course shows as "MATH 1203" and lab shows as "MATH 0002L"
  • Includes sections MATH 1203-091 to MATH 1203-098, students MUST also enroll in any section of MATH 0002L
  • Does not require ACT, SAT, or Math Placement Score

Based on placement scores, or lack of scores, this course section is for students who are required to take an extra 2 hours for review. The class typically meets 5 times a week where students are required to attend a drill session 2 times per week. This course counts for 3 credit hours.

COLLEGE ALGEBRA FOR CEA STUDENTS

  • Course shows as "MATH 1203"
  • Includes sections MATH 1203-079 and MATH 1203-099

These sections are reserved for students with accommodations from the Center for Educational Access. Visit cea.uark.edu for more information.

Do I Have to Take College Algebra?

Before considering what classes you should or shouldn't take, students MUST first talk with their program/college adviser.

Here are some reasons students may not necessarily have to take College Algebra:

1) COLLEGE ALGEBRA ISN'T REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION

Some degree programs do not require that students take higher level MATH courses.

College Algebra acts as a prerequisite for courses like Plane Trigonometry, Precalculus, Survey of Calculus, Mathematical Thought, Finite, and Calculus.

For non-MATH heavy majors, we also offer Quantitative Reasoning (MATH 1313).

Quantitative Reasoning is about working with functions, probability, finance, and more; but is NOT a prerequisite for the higher level courses mentioned above. Students are able to get up to 12 hours of MATH credit and place into introductory STAT classes.

2) COLLEGE ALGEBRA PREREQUISITES HAVE ALREADY BEEN MET

Referring to mathplacement.uark.edu, simply having a high enough placement score can mean you are able to skip College Algebra all together. Tests taken before college like the SAT and ACT are able to give students the prerequisite for higher level courses even before they step foot on campus!

For those students who don't have a high enough SAT or ACT score, the department also offers students to take the ALEKS Math Placement Test to test out of lower level MATH courses. This exam is FREE for registered students of the University, but exam attempts must be proctored to count as credit. More information is available at https://fulbright.uark.edu/departments/math/undergraduate/placement/aleks-ppl.php.

For students who don't want to take the Placement Exam, the University also offers CLEP tests. Fees may be involved and credit may not count for some courses. More information is available at https://test.uark.edu/clep.php.

Updated: 8/16/19