# Math Placement

Math placement at 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 The University of Montana. The University has chosen to use ALEKS, a web-based, artificial intelligence testing and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately zero in on the strengths and any weaknesses in math, determining a placement level report for you. You and your advisor will use your ALEKS score and/or other placement criteria to help determine the most appropriate math course(s) for you to register for. 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:

Accounting | Anthropology | Art | Classics |

Communication Studies | Communicative Sciences and Disorders | Dance | East Asian Studies |

English | Enviromental Studies | Finance | French |

Geography | German | Health and Human Performance | 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 | Radio-Television Production |

Russian | Social Work | Sociology | Spanish |

Theatre | Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies |

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UM uses ACT and SAT scores to determine students’ placement into math courses for the above majors. If students don’t meet the minimum scores required to place into college-level courses (courses 100-level or higher), they have the option of taking the ALEKS math placement exam to try to place into college level courses. Students without minimum ACT or SAT test scores who choose not to take the ALEKS math placement exam will be required to enroll in a developmental course (below 100-level) in order to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in college-level math courses.

The minimum ACT mathematics portion score required to place into college level math courses for the above majors is 22 and the minimum SAT mathematics portion score is 520. For students in the above majors who bring in these minimum scores or higher, the ALEKS math placement exam requirement is waived.

The ALEKS 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 or AP Statistics 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:

Biochemistry | Biology | Chemistry | Computer Science |

Computer Science/Mathematical Sciences | Ecological Restoration | Forestry | Geosciences |

Mathematics | Medical Technology | Microbiology | Neuroscience |

Pre-Engineering | Physics | Pre-Medical Sciences | Pre-Pharmacy |

Pre-Education | Parks, Tourism, and Recreation Management | Resource Conservation | Wildlife Biology |

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Students in the above majors will need to take the ALEKS 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 or AP Statistics 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 ALEKS exam may be required in some situations even if one or more of the above conditions are met.**

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