Math Placement for Undergraduates

  • If you have taken a math class for college credit or earned college credit by taking an examination (i.e. AP Calculus Exam), your prerequisite is fulfilled and you may enroll in the next math class without needing to take the Math Placement Exam.
  • If your ACT and/or SAT score is at the level sufficient for placement in the desired course, your prerequisite is fulfilled and you may enroll in the desired class without needing to take the Math Placement Exam. (See the table of Required Cutoff Scores.)
  • If you feel that you could be successful in a higher level math class than you are otherwise qualified for, we encourage you to take the Math Placement Exam and study using the included Learning Modules to meet the requirements for that higher level class.

Introductory MATH Courses

For students with questions about how our College Algebra course and lab sections correspond, visit College Algebra Placement.

Options Available

Prerequisite Credits from College Course

Course taken at University of Arkansas
  • Must have scored a C or higher in the prerequisite.
  • If you are currently in the prerequisite course and cannot enroll into a higher level course for a following semester, visit https://math.uark.edu and submit a temporary override request.
Course taken outside of the University of Arkansas

Math Placement Exam

  • The Math Placement Exam, also referred to as the ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning Assessment (PPL), is the most current measure of aptitude for assessing mathematical backgrounds of students wanting to take MATH or STAT courses at the University of Arkansas.
  • Offered though ALEKS, the Math Placement Exam is an adaptive assessment that provides students with additional resources to better succeed in their courses.
  • For instructions on taking the assessment, visit https://math.uark.edu/undergraduate/placement/aleks-ppl.php.

ACT/SAT MATH Score

  • Your MATH score on your college entrance exam may qualify you to take certain math courses.
  • If this is the case, and your scores are less than a year old, you are not required to take the Math Placement Exam if your score is satisfactory.
  • Please refer to the Required Cutoff Scores table below to determine if your ACT/SAT score meets the requirement.

Required Cutoff Scores

Desired Course Prerequisite: one of the following
Course Course Title ACT Math
Score
SAT Math
Score
Math
Placement
Score
Completed Course
with a C or better
MATH 1203**
College Algebra
23
570
46
none
MATH 1203/0001L**
College Algebra
with 1 Hour Lab
19
510
30
none
MATH 1203/0002L**
College Algebra
with 2 Hour Lab
none
none
none
none
MATH 1213
Trigonometry
26
620
60
MATH 1203
MATH 1284C
Precalculus
26
620
60
MATH 1203
MATH 1313**
Quantitative Reasoning
19
510
40
none
MATH 1313/0001L**
Quantitative Reasoning
with 1 Hour Lab
none
none
none
none
MATH 1514
Calculus with Algebra
and Trigonometry I
26 620 60 MATH 1203
MATH 2043 Survey of Calculus 26 620 60 MATH 1203, 1213,
1284, or 2053
MATH 2053 Finite Mathematics 26 620 60 MATH 1203, 1213,
 1284, or 2043
MATH 2183 Mathematical Reasoning
In a Quantitative World
26 620 60 MATH 1203 or 1313
MATH 2213 Survey of Mathematical Structures I 26 620 55 any MATH course
MATH 2445 Calculus I with Review 28 660 70 MATH 1213 or 1284
MATH 2554/C/H* Calculus I 28 660 76 MATH 1213 or 1284
STAT 2303 Principles of Statistics 26 620 50 MATH 1203 or 1313
*Only students who score a minimum of 30 on ACT Math or 710 on SAT Math are eligible to take MATH 2554H Honors Calculus I.
**If the score is not at least one of the minimums listed for MATH 1203 or MATH 1313, the student will be required to take MATH 0001L (ACT 19-22, SAT 510), MATH 0002L or MATH 0131L.
Page Updated: 5/13/2019