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Now you're ready to take the online math placement test.

  • Go to umonline.umt.edu

    Click "Moodle NetID Login"

    Enter your NetID credentials and Sign in

    Once in Moodle access the course "Maplesoft Math Placement Exams".  This course can be found on the left hand "MY COURSES" bar inside the Moodle home page.

    Continue following the instructions inside the "Maplesoft Math Placement Exams" Moodle course. 

  • I do not see the course "Maplesoft Math Placement Exams" inside Moodle?

    If you do not have access to the Math Placement shell inside Moodle please request access by following this link to the Math Placement Access Request Form.

  • I've taken the Math Placement exam(s), and I know my score(s). How do I decide which math course to take?

    The University of Montana offers four distinct math tracks to follow, based on your choice of major:

    (1) Majors requiring Calculus,

    (2) Elementary Education Majors,

    (3) Majors requiring Statistics, and

    (4) Majors without specific math requirements.

    Each major's math requirements are listed in the Course Catalog at http://www.umt.edu/catalog/.

    Most majors will require you to follow only one math track. However, there are a few (such as Economics and Wildlife Biology) that require study of two tracks; check the Course Catalog to be sure.

    Once you know:

    (1) your Math Placment Test Score


    (2) which math track is right for you, considering your major or interest areas,

    you and your advisor, using the chart below, can select the appropriate math course:

    If your Placement Score is You may enroll in Comments
    No pre-requisite course

    M 065 Prealgebra

    If you need advice about your specific situation after taking the ALEKS placement test,

    contact The Office for Student Success via email at OfficeForStudentSuccess@umontana.edu.

    No pre-requisite course AND Industrial Technology Majors Only

    M 111 Technical Mathematics

    ALEKS ≥ 2 or M01 ≥ 9

    M 90 Intro Algebra

    ALEKS ≥ 3 or M01 ≥ 16

    M 095 Intermed Algebra

    M 104 Numbers as News

    M 105 Contemp. Math

    M 115 Prob.& Lin Math

    M 118 Math for Music Enthusiasts

    ALEKS ≥ 4 or Consent of Instructor

    M 122 Trigonometry

    ALEKS ≥ 4 or M02 ≥ 14

    M 121 College Algebra

    M 132 Numbers & Ops for K-8 Teachers

    ALEKS ≥ 4 or M02 ≥ 17

    M 151 Precalculus

    ALEKS ≥ 5 or M02 ≥ 19 or M03 ≥ 10

    M 162 Applied Calculus

    ALEKS ≥ 5 or M03 ≥ 15

    M 171 Calculus I

    You are strongly encouraged to register for a math course that is at or below your placement level.

  • My Math Placement score places me below where I think I should start. Can I re-take the exam?

    If you've always struggled with algebra and arithmetic, perhaps your best option is to sharpen your mathematics fundamentals at the very start of your college career. Taking one or more of the University's developmental math courses (M065, M090, M095) may form the foundation for your success not just in college mathematics, but in courses from all academic disciplines that require quantitative reasoning.

    On the other hand, there may be other reasons why your Math Placement score is lower than you expect. If it has been a while since you have been in a math classroom, your arithmetic and algebra skills may be a bit rusty. In that case, you may want to try to brush up those skills and re-take the Placement exam(s).

    You can re-take an exam by clicking on the same exam link you used for the first attempt. If you believe that your placement score on the second attempt is still unsatisfactory, you must meet with your academic advisor or with a faculty member of the Math Department to request access to re-take the exam again. Only by meeting with an advisor or Math faculty are you able to discuss the potential for re-taking an exam.

  • May I disregard my math placement score, and just plan on getting a private tutor for math?

    Many students assume that getting a private tutor will compensate for lacking the necessary mathematical background for success in the course — and there are instances where private tutoring is appropriate, such as when a student has a learning or physical disability.

    However, in mathematics, the acquisition of knowledge is usually sequential: what is introduced in Week Ten is based on material learned in all previous weeks. If you are not ready to learn the Week One material, you immediately fall behind. Private tutoring rarely bridges that Week One readiness gap.

  • I haven't decided on a major yet. Should I postpone taking math until I decide?

    Don't worry about not knowing your major — about one in four students enter the University not decided (called "Undeclared" in University-speak). Your first two or three semesters are a great time for you to explore your interests through the courses you select.

    But there's no reason not to move forward on your math studies. Putting off math until you decide on a major is a risky strategy; math skills, like muscles, grow flabby without exercise! And the best way to exercise them is to use them.

  • So, even if my major is "Undeclared", I should plan on taking a math course. But how do I know which one

    First, ask yourself the following questions:

    Do any of the majors I'm interested in require Calculus?

    Am I interested in taking Precalculus or Calculus in college?

    If your answer to either question is YES, use your math placement score to help you select the appropriate math course for you along the "Majors Requiring Calculus" track.

    If your answer is NO to both, then take a look at the math requirements for some of the fields that sound interesting to you.

    For example, Homer Firstyear is thinking about Psychology, Business, and Criminal Justice as possible majors. Looking through the Catalog, he discovers that all three majors suggest or require M115 (Probability and Linear Math). Since Homer got a score of 21 on math placement test M01, he's shown he's ready for M115, and so he registers for it.

    Marge, on the other hand, is absolutely, positively sure she wants to major in History, Political Science, or English. She finds out (again, by researching the Catalog) that none of these majors have a specific math requirement, other than meeting the University's General Education requirement for mathematical literacy. If her math placement score for M01 is 16, she's may choose either M115, M104, M118, or M105 (Contemporary Mathematics). Before registering, she decides to ask an advisor about the different courses.