During the first week after arrival, all undergraduate students are placed at a particular level of mathematics, which usually involves taking a placement test in mathematics. This is because MUM has a distribution requirement in mathematics and many majors have mathematical prerequisites or requirements.
Every new and readmit student is required to come to the Mathematics Placement Meeting that usually takes place in the first week after the student arrives on campus. At this meeting, students either take a placement test or establish that they don’t need to. A make-up meeting is held about a week later for late arrivals.
All undergraduate students must be placed before they can enroll for any mathematics course or for any course with a mathematics prerequisite.
If a student wishes to use his or her standing in a math placement test to satisfy the prerequisite for a course, that course must be taken within three semesters of the test. Otherwise, the test will need to be taken and passed at that level again.
Where does a placement test place you?
The Comprehensive Mathematics Placement Test places you into a course in the sequence:
For example, if you place into Math 153 Intermediate Algebra, that means you are ready to take the course Math 153 Intermediate Algebra or any course that has the prerequisite Math 152 Elementary Algebra. Two further tests place you out of Math 281 Calculus 1 or Math 282 Calculus 2.
How does the math placement test fit into math placement?
Factors affecting mathematics placement may or may not include taking a placement test given by the Department of Mathematics, official AP Calculus results, COMPASS tests for prealgebra and algebra, etc. See the section Who needs it in the bar on the left for details.
Math Requirements at MUM and How to Satisfy Them (Important)
There are two distinct types of undergraduate mathematics requirements at MUM.
How is the Math Placement Test administered?
MUM uses the online ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning program for placement from the level of Math 051 Basic Mathematics up through the level of Math 162 Functions and Graphs 2. This provides both initial placement assessment and online personalized resources for improving your skills and retaking the placement test. See the Guide to ALEKS PPL Math Placement.
Note that only ALEKS PPL assessments taken on campus with a proctor provide official placement. To place out of Calculus 1 or Calculus 2, you will need to take separate written tests.
For information about math placement, contact Dr. Anne Dow at MUM extension 3431 or .
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