Math Placement

Math placement at the University of Montana (UM) depends on two criteria: a student’s declared major and placement level.  Many incoming freshmen (and transfer students still needing to meet their math requirement) will need to take a math placement exam before registering for a math course at UM.

UM utilizes Maplesoft math placement exams and offers three version of the exam: Arithmetic (M01), Algebra (M02), and Calculus (M03).  Students should take the appropriate exam based on their declared or intended major.  See information below for details.

*Students should speak with their academic advisor(s) for guidance on selecting the appropriate math placement exam for their program(s) of study.

The diagram below provides an overview of math placement and course sequencing at UM.

Math placement and sequencing diagram

If you are majoring in one of the following programs, please click the button below for more information on your math placement criteria.  Please read ALL of the information after clicking the button:  

Mountain Campus Majors
Accounting Anthropology Art Classics
Communication Studies Communicative Sciences and Disorders Community Health and Prevention Sciences (HHP) Dance
Central & Southwest Asian Stds East Asian Studies English Environmental Studies
Finance Geography German Health Enhancement (HHP)
History History/Political Science International Business Japanese
Journalism Liberal Studies Management Management and Information Systems
Marketing Media Arts Music Native American Studies
Philosophy Political Science Pre-Nursing Psychology
Political Science-History Recreation Management Radio-Television Production Russian
Social Work Sociology Spanish Theatre
Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies Undeclared
Missoula College Majors
Accounting Technology Administrative Management Business Media Design Computer Support
Culinary Arts Customer Relations Food Service Management Hospitality Management

Information Technology

Medical Assisting Medical Reception Management
Medical Information Technology Paralegal Studies Practical Nursing Pre-Nursing
Pre-Radiologic Technology Pre-Respiratory Therapy Tech Pre-Surgical Technology Sales and Marketing
Social Media Management

UM uses ACT and SAT scores to determine students’ placement into math courses for the above majors.  If students don’t meet the minimum ACT or SAT scores required to place into college-level courses (courses 100-level or higher), they must take the appropriate Maplesoft math placement exam. 

The minimum ACT mathematics section score required to place into college level math courses for the above majors is 22.  The minimum SAT mathematics section score is 520 for students who took the SAT prior to March, 2016.  For students who took the SAT after March, 2016, the minimum SAT mathematics section score is 550. The minimum SAT math test score is 27.5. For students in the above majors who bring in any of these minimum scores or higher, the Maplesoft math placement exam requirement is waived. 

The Maplesoft math placement exam requirement will also be waived for students in the above majors if one of the following conditions is met:

  • By earning a score of 3 or above on the AP Calculus AB or BC exam
  • By earning a score of 4 or above on the IB Mathematics HL exam
  • By earning a score of 50 or above on the CLEP subject examinations in College Algebra, College Algebra-Trigonometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Calculus
  • By successfully completing a college-level math course while enrolled in either a high school dual enrollment program, a high school pilot program, or while enrolled at another college or university prior to a student’s transfer to UM.  

If you are majoring in one of the following programs, please click the button below for more information on your math placement criteria.  Please read ALL of the information after clicking the button:  

Mountain Campus Majors
Biochemistry Biology Chemistry Computer Science
Computer Science/Mathematical Sciences Economics Ecological Restoration Ecosystem Sciences & Restoration
Education Elementary Education Exercise Science Applied (HHP) Exercise Science Pre-Professional (HHP)
Forestry Geosciences Mathematics Medical Laboratory Sciences
Microbiology Neuroscience Pharmacy Physics
Pre-Athletic Training (HHP) Pre-Engineering Pre-Medical Sciences

Pre-Pharmacy

Pre-Education Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management Resource Conservation Wildlife Biology
Missoula College Majors
Building Maintenance Computer Aided Design Carpentry Diesel Technology
Electronics Technology Electrician Helper Energy Auditor Energy Technology
Facility Management General AA Heavy Equipment Operation Nondegree
Pre-Diesel Technology Pre-Heavy Equipment Operator Pre-Pharmacy Technology Precision Machine Technology
Pre-Welding Technology Recreational Power Equipment Sustainable Construction Tech Sustainable Construction
Welding Technology

Students in the above majors will need to take the appropriate Maplesoft math placement exam unless one of the following conditions is met:

  • By earning a score of 3 or above on the AP Calculus AB or BC exam
  • By earning a score of 4 or above on the IB Mathematics HL exam
  • By earning a score of 50 or above on the CLEP subject examinations in College Algebra, College Algebra-Trigonometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus or Calculus
  • By successfully completing a college-level math course while enrolled in either a high school dual enrollment program, a high school pilot program, or while enrolled at another college or university prior to a student’s transfer to UM. 

*Check with an academic advisor in your major department to confirm the appropriate math course(s) for you.  The Maplesoft math placement exam may be required in some situations even if one or more of the above conditions are met.

EdReady Montana

EdReady Montana is a personalized, self-paced, free online program that will help students master the mathematics skills they need to succeed.  EdReady Montana is designed to help students raise their math placement scores and to provide assistance to students in college-level math courses.

To learn more about EdReady Montana and sign up, contact Lauren Fern, EdReady Montana Coordinator at UM: Fernl@mso.umt.edu.