MU Math Placement - Department of Mathematics - University of Missouri - College of Arts and Science
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For Current Students:
Do You Need To Take the Math Placement Test?

1. Determine what math course(s) are required for your intended major.

If you are uncertain about the requirements, check with your major department or in the University course catalog.

2. Do you have credit for the required math course(s), with a grade of C- or above? (Credits earned from MU or from transfer/dual/AP/IB credit.)

If you already have credits for the required math course(s) for your major, then you will NOT need to take the ALEKS assessment.

3. Do you have credit for the prerequisite math course(s), with a grade of C- or above? (Credits earned from MU or from transfer/dual/AP/IB credit.)

If your credits were earned at MU, and you took the course recently, then you do not need to take the Math Placement Test.

If your credits were earned as transfer/dual/AP/IB credits, then it is recommended that you take the Math Placement Test, in order to be certain that your prerequisite skills are up-to-date.

If your Math Placement Test score ends up below the minimum level for the course you plan to take, you'll have the chance to review before your course begins, or you may choose to retake a lower level course to brush up on your skills.  The low Math Placement Test score won't block you from enrolling in your math course, but it can be an indication that review is needed.

A higher Math Placement Test score may also qualify you to take a more advanced math course than you would using your existing prerequisites. 

4. Is Math 1100 (College Algebra) the only Math department course required for your major?

If the answer is Yes, then check to see if you have a College Algebra Exemption. If you have an Exemption, you will NOT need to take the Math Placement Test, because you will not be required to take a Math course while at MU.

If the answer is No, then you ARE required to take the Math Placement Test.

5. Have you taken the Math Placement Test or ALEKS assessment previously?

If so, check to be sure that your score has not expired. Visit the FAQ page to find out how to find your Math Placement Test scores on myZou.

The valid dates for Math Placement Test scores each semester are listed below:

Valid dates for your Math Placement Test scores:
  • for Fall 2017 courses: Math Placement Test scores dated 9/15/16 or later
  • for Spring 2018 courses: Math Placement Test scores dated 2/15/17 or later

6. Still not sure?

Check with your academic advisor to find out more.