Revised 9/25/09: Math Readiness Test replaced with Math Placement Test
Mathematics Placement Test:
Registration in all MATH courses below MATH 129, as well as MATH 160, MATH 263, and MATH 302A, requires all students to take the UA Mathematics Placement Test. Test scores are valid for one year. This requirement includes transfer students with or without mathematics credit and students with credit by examination, such as Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP, or International Baccalaureate (IB).
Eligibility rules and testing information may be found on the Math Placement Homepage.
Foundations Mathematics Requirement:
All students, as part of their Foundations requirements, are expected to demonstrate mathematical knowledge and quantitative reasoning by completing one of the following 3-unit courses or by achieving a minimum math placement code as stated below:
Beyond this general minimum, however, the appropriate course for an individual student will depend on the student’s major and the corresponding math strand appropriate to that major.
Entry-level mathematics students should choose one of three strands according to their interests, preparation, and intended major. All strands presume that students will have completed the high school math required for entry to the University.
1. earning credit for LING 178, (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), or Math 105 (Mathematics in Modern Society), or PHIL 110 (Logic and Critical Thinking)—check prerequisites, such as a minimum math placement code (see the chart provided on the Math Placement Homepage); or
2. earning credit for any 3-unit (or more) mathematics course numbered above Math 105, provided that the student has placed at the level required for the course (see the chart provided on the Math Placement Homepage); or
3. achieving a math placement code equivalent to that of students who have completed UA College Algebra—by the end of the student’s first semester at the UA (see the chart provided on the Math Placement Homepage, as well as Proficiency and Exemption Exam Procedures and General Regulations). [Note: the placement code is determined by the catalog and math placement regulations in effect when an exam is taken.] If the Math Placement Test is used for this purpose, the test must be proctored per Math Department guidelines, which may be found on the Math Placement Homepage.
Each major indicates the mathematics strand, or specific course from a strand, that is most appropriate for its students. It is important to note that each strand provides a different level of mathematical training, but students can satisfy the mathematics requirement in their major by completing a more advanced mathematics course. Because the S-strand presumes the M-strand and the M-strand presumes the G-strand, students will have the most flexibility in their major choice by aiming for the S-strand. A student who chooses to meet the general education mathematics requirement with the G-strand will have the most restricted set of major choices.
Please direct all Math Placement questions to the Math Department: