# 1.1. Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Credit

To view how UA awards credit for AP exams, see the UA Policy for AP Credit.

Students can contact the Math Placement Office for additional information about their individual circumstance. It is the student's responsibility to make sure he/she is enrolled in the correct UA Math course after college credits are processed into the UA system.

Official scores must be sent to the UA Office of the Registrar. If you did not designate the UA as a recipient of your score at the time of your exam, you go to the College Board Advanced Placement Program site and request your scores be sent to UA. Once your score is processed by UA, you can view your credit in UAccess Student: Academic Record: Transfer Credit.

Incoming students with AP, or anticipated AP, Math credit should attend Math Advising at their Orientation. We will discuss your circumstances so you are placed into the correct Math course.

**First-Year Students, or students who attend freshman orientation, must have a placement through SAT I MSS, ACT MATH, or ALEKS PPL for entry into a course at or below the level of Calculus I, even students with college math credits. Incoming students should refer to the information in the ****Next Steps Center.**

# 1.2. College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exams

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a national system of credit by examination.

- Register and pay the exam fee for the appropriate UA accepted Math CLEP exam through clep.collegeboard.org/exams.
**NOTE**: Not all CLEP exams are accepted for credit by the University of Arizona. See the link above for currently accepted exams.
- Call the UA Testing Office at 621-7589 to make a testing appointment and pay the proctoring fee.
- Go to the UA Testing Office, 220 W. 6th Street - Building B - Room B116, to take the exam at your appointment date and time.

Official scores must be sent to the UA Office of the Registrar. If you did not designate the UA as a recipient of your score at the time of your exam, you may send your scores to the UA through the

College Board CLEP Program site. Once your score is processed by UA, you can view your credit in UAccess Student: Academic Record: Transfer Credit report.

It is the student's responsibility to make sure he/she is enrolled in the correct UA Math course after CLEP credits are processed into the UA system. Students can contact the Math Placement Office for additional information.

**First-Year Students, or students who attend freshman orientation, must have a placement through SAT I MSS, ACT MATH, or ALEKS PPL for entry into a course at or below the level of Calculus I, even students with CLEP / college math credits. Incoming students should refer to the information in the ****Next Steps Center.**

# 1.3. International Baccalaureate (IB) Program Exam

To view how UA awards credit for IB exams, see the UA Policy for IB Credit. A score of 5 or higher is required. Credit is awarded for Mathematics HL or Mathematics SL (SL credit is for exams starting August 2018 or later). Credit is not awarded for Math Studies SL

It is the student's responsibility to make sure he/she is enrolled in the correct UA Math course after college credits are processed into the UA system. Once your score is processed by UA, you can view your credit in UAccess Student: Academic Record: Transfer Credit. Students can contact the Math Placement Office for additional information.

Official scores must be sent to the UA Office of the Registrar.

**First-Year Students, or students who attend freshman orientation, must have a placement through SAT I MSS, ACT MATH, or ALEKS PPL for entry into a course at or below the level of Calculus I, even students with college math credits. Incoming students need to refer to the information in the ****Next Steps Center. **

# 1.4. Transfer Credit From Outside Arizona, Completed or for Pre-approval

Click here for information on sending your Official Transcript to the UA.

Some courses automatically transfer as UA Math courses. Check Arizona transfer courses or out-of-state transfer courses to see if your course will transfer automatically.

If you cannot find your transfer course on these two websites, or your course has already transferred in as Math 1tr or Math 3tr, then you need to have your course evaluated. Gather some information first: a link to your transfer institution's main website, and a link to ALL math course descriptions from your transfer institution. **Note that you are asked to provide links to ALL Math (and Statistics if applicable) course descriptions, not just the description of the course that you took or want to take.**** Failure to provide this will delay your evaluation. **

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**Evaluation forms: **When you submit these forms, you are asked for a UA NET ID or SID. **If you do not yet have a UA SID or NET ID, just put in 00000000.**

**Online, correspondence, or distance learning courses** are considered for approval ONLY if proctored exams are required as part of the course policy for all students. ALL exams must be proctored, not just the final, as part of the course requirements for all students taking the course. Also, proctored exams must account for more than 50% of the overall grade. If you are requesting an evaluation for an online, correspondence, or distance learning course, *you must provide the course syllabus*, with grading policy and exam policy. ** **

**Credit Hours Awarded - **The Math Department does not determine the number of credits that transfer in from a particular institution. Questions regarding this should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.** **Quarter system units are converted to semester units by multiplying the units by 2/3.

**Incoming First-Year Students **or students who attend freshman orientation must have a placement through SAT I MSS, ACT MATH, or ALEKS PPL for entry into a course at or below the level of Calculus I, even students who already have college math credits. Please bring proof of your credits to Math Advising at Freshman Orientation. Incoming students should refer to the information in the Next Steps Center.

# 1.5. Arizona Transfer Math Courses

Check here to see how your Arizona Math course Transfers to UA.

If your transfer Math or Statistics course is not listed on the website above, or shows if it shows in your UAccess Transfer Credit report as Math 1tr or 3tr, you need to submit an evaluation.

Click here for information on sending your Official Transcript to the UA.

**First-Year Students, or students who attend freshman orientation, must have a placement through SAT I MSS, ACT MATH, or ALEKS PPL for entry into a course at or below the level of Calculus I, even students with college math credits. Incoming students need to refer to the information in the ****Next Steps Center. **

# 1.6. Math Subject Cambridge International Examination (CIE) Program

To view how UA awards credit for Cambridge Exams exams, see the UA Policy for Cambridge International Exams.

It is the student's responsibility to make sure he/she is enrolled in the correct UA Math course after college credits are processed into the UA system. Students can contact the Math Placement Office for additional information.

Official scores must be sent to the UA Office of the Registrar. If you did not designate the UA as a recipient of your score at the time of your exam, you may send your scores to the UA through the Cambridge International Examination Program site. Once your score is processed by UA, you can view your credit in UAccess Student: Academic Record: Transfer Credit report.

**First-Year Students, or students who attend freshman orientation, must have a placement through SAT I MSS, ACT MATH, or ALEKS PPL for entry into a course at or below the level of Calculus I, even students with CIE / college math credits. Incoming students need to refer to the information in the ****Next Steps Center. **

# 1.7. I want to take a summer math course at another college to obtain UA credit and/or improve my UA math placement. What do I need to do?

Outside courses might be approved for UA credit, and the UA credit in turn might be usable for math placement.
Check the lnks below for pre-approved transfer courses.

Check Arizona courses here.

Check out-of state courses here.

If your desired course is not listed in the webpages above, submit a Pre-Approval Evaluation Form. Note that you will be required to provide information about the transfer institution, including links to the institution's home page, and ALL math course descriptions. Online courses also require a syllabus.

# 1.8. Credit by Exam

Generally students will earn Math credit by exam through the CLEP Examination process.

In
limited circumstances, the Math Dept may approve a UA Credit by Exam.
The available courses for Credit by Exam may change over time. To see
if a course has the option to earn Credit by Exam, look in the UA Course Catalog.
In the course description of a particular course, you should see a
Course Attribute that says "Special Exam Credit Only" if the Credit by
Exam option is offered. If this course attribute is not stated, then
Credit by Exam is not offered for that course.

**Procedures**

- Applications
for Special Examination for Credit or Special Examination for Grade may
be obtained from the Office of the Registrar (Admin. 210).
- The application must be approved by the student's advisor.
- The
examining instructor and the head of the examining department must
determine the eligibility of the applicant and sign the application.
- The
application is returned to the Office of the Registrar, and the
$21-per-unit fee is paid at the Bursar's Office (University Services
Bldg 104). No department may schedule a special examination until
notified by the Bursar's Office that the fee has been paid.
- Please return the paper showing the fee was paid to the Math Department Rm. 108.
- The
examination is scheduled by the faculty member responsible, normally
during the same semester in which the application is made.
- The
grade ("CR" or letter grade) is reported to the Office of the Registrar.
The examination, together with the student's graded examination paper
and any appropriate evaluations of oral performance or projects, is then
filed with the department for at least one year

# 1.9. Is my transfer or AP (or other) credit in the UA system?

1. Go to Uaccess Student, Student Center.

2. Go to the Academic Record Tab

3. Go to Transfer Credit

4. Any transfer credits posted in the UA system will appear here and may look something like this.

If credit transfers as Math 1tr or Math 3tr, then the course needs an evaluation :

AP and other credit by exam appears here as well.

# 2.1. What is the PPL Assessment?

The PPL Assessment is a powerful artificial-intelligence based online assessment tool that zeros in on the strengths and weaknesses of a student's mathematical knowledge, reports its findings to the student, and then if necessary provides the student with a learning environment for bringing this knowledge up to an appropriate level. The University of Arizona Department of Mathematics is currently using the PPL Assessment tool for placement into all of its entry-level courses.

The PPL Assessment covers a broad spectrum of pre-calculus material. The system is fully automated and the PPL Assessment is adaptive. The first questions asked will be drawn from across the curriculum, and may be too easy or too hard. As the assessment proceeds, your answers will be used to give the system an idea of your knowledge, and it will gradually focus the questioning in an individually appropriate way. By the end of the assessment you should find the questions generally challenging but reasonable for your individual level of knowledge.

# 2.2. How many questions are on the PPL Assessment?

**The length of the assessment runs from 20-35 questions.** The exact number of questions will vary due to the adaptive mechanism. It is likely that you will be asked questions on material you have not yet learned. On such questions it is appropriate to answer, "I don't know." On any question that you have familiarity with, however, it is important to make an attempt and provide an answer.** "I don't know" is interpreted by the PPL Assessment to mean that you have never seen the topic, and this will be reflected in the assessment results. **Try your best to solve any problems that you think you might be able to solve. It is better to answer incorrectly on a topic that you have seen before, than to use the "I don't know" button and then skip related topics.

# 2.3. Where can I find my PPL Assessment score? How do I know if my placement score is processed into the UA system?

You will see your score immediately after you complete your PPL Assessment (in a large circle in the middle of the page after you have completed the PPL Assessment).

Scores are loaded into UAccess daily at 8am, 2, 4, 6, 8pm.

You will not be able to register for classes until the score has been processed into the UA system.

Your score on the assessment is used for placement into MATH, lab science, and other courses. You can find the placement chart here to see the required scores.

You can view your score:

1) In your Next Steps Center (incoming students only) - The Next Steps Center is only available through the first week of the student's first semester at UA.

2) In Uaccess.

a. Go to Uaccess Student, Student Center.

b. Go to the Academic Record Tab

c. Go to Transfer Credit

d. Scroll down the page to Test Credits

Note, the score will appear under Test Credits with the note "Rejected" or 'No Rule" or "Equivalency Rule not Found". This simply means that credit is not awarded for a placement test. This does not prevent registration for a valid test score (less than a year old).

# 2.4. Is there a fee for taking the PPL Assessment?

There is a $26 fee for each test for incoming transfer students, re-admits, non-degree seeking students, graduate students, and current students. The fee is charged to the student UA Bursar's account. There may be other proctoring fees.

The first test for incoming First Year and International students is included in their new student fees if the first test is completed through the Next Steps Center access. There is a fee after the first test ($26 per test).

UA Online campus student testing fees are paid through UA Online.

# 2.5. Review for Courses and PPL Assessment

### Review for the PPL Math Placement Assessment

Click below for a list of possible topics that may be covered in the Math Placement test. Note that not all students will see all topics. The PPL Assessment is an adaptive program that will present a variety of questions to narrow down the topics you have mastered. PPL Test Topics

General Review for the PPL Assessment:

- College and Intermediate Algebra, Solutions
- College Algebra and some trig, Solutions
- General review for most topics up through calculus and statistics are available through the Khan Academy.
- Prep and Learning Mode — Once you have completed the PPL Assessment, you have immediate access to an individualized Prep and Learning module. Access this through your Next Steps Center or by contacting the Math Placement Office. You have limited access to the review module. It must be accessed within 12 months of completing your first test.

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### Tips For Success for UA MATH Courses

- Start preparing before classes begin. Go to the COURSE WEBSITE, look at the course syllabus, and get started on the first few weeks of assignments, with the goal that the first few weeks of lecture will be review. This is a formula for success. Do not walk into your first UA math course without review.
- Students who place into a course with the minimum requirements should consider taking the prerequisite.
- Review and be prepared.

### Review Prerequisite Material

Once you have satisfied the eligibility requirements for a particular UA MATH course, it is important to know the prerequisite material for that particular course. Below is a list of UA MATH courses with links to material that students need to know *prior *to taking that particular course. In general, this is material that is not reviewed during the course.

**Prepare for College Algebra and lower level Math courses: MATH 106, 107, 108, 112**

**Prepare for Preparation for Calculus: MATH 120R**

**Prepare for Elements of Calculus: MATH 113****, Calculus Concepts for Business: Math 116**

**Prepare for Calculus I: MATH 122A/B, 125**

# 2.6. Once I answer a question on the PPL Assessment, can I go back and change my answer?

No. The placement exam uses an adaptive mechanism to select appropriate
test questions for each user. The first questions asked will be drawn
from across the curriculum, and may be too easy or too hard. As the
assessment proceeds, your answers will be used to give the system an
idea of your knowledge, and it will gradually focus the questioning in
an individually appropriate way. By the end of the assessment you should
find the questions generally challenging but reasonable for your
individual level of knowledge.

# 2.7. What topics are covered during the PPL Assessment?

Topics covered:

- Real numbers (including fractions, integers, and percentages)
- Equations
and inequalities (including linear equations, linear inequalities,
systems of linear equations, and quadratic equations)
- Linear and
quadratic functions (including graphs and functions, linear functions,
and parabolas), exponents and polynomials (including integer exponents,
polynomial arithmetic, factoring, and polynomial equations), rational
expressions (including rational equations and rational functions.
- Radical expressions (including higher roots and rational exponents)
- Exponentials
and logarithms (including function compositions and inverse functions,
properties of logarithms, and logarithmic equations)
- Geometry
and trigonometry (including perimeter, area, and volume, coordinate
geometry, trigonometric functions, and identities and equations)

A more detailed list of topics is available through the ALEKS PPL website.

# 2.8. How long will the assessment take, and what materials will I need?

The ALEKS PPL Assessment is about 30 questions. It generally
takes 60-90 minutes to complete, but students have up to 3 hours to
complete it. You cannot save and come back to the test; you must
complete it in one sitting.

Materials allowed are: blank scratch paper, a writing utensil, and an approved calculator.

No other materials, persons, websites, etc. are allowed. No Cell Phones are allowed in the testing area.

You can use a calculator. A TI-83 or 84 is recommended. If you have a different calculator, check here to make sure it is allowed. Calculator
models that use symbolic manipulation are not allowed, and the use of
such a calculator will result in an invalidated test score and possibly a
violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

These
models are not allowed: TI-Nspire CX CAS, TI-89, TI-89 Titanium, TI-92,
Casio ClassPad II fx-CP400, Casio ClassPad 330 PLUS, Casio ALGEBRA FX
2.0 PLUS, HP Prime Graphing Calculator, HP 49/50 series.

# 2.9. How long are my PPL Assessment scores valid?

It is crucial that the scores be reflective of your current mathematical
knowledge. Therefore the scores are valid for 12 months for entry into a
MATH course.

# 2.10. Clicking "I don't know" to answer a question on the PPL Assessment

It is likely that you will be asked questions on material you have not
yet learned. On such questions it is appropriate to answer, "I don't
know." On any question that you have familiarity with, however, it is
important to make an attempt and submit an answer. "I don't know" is
interpreted by ALEKS to mean that you do not know the topic, and this
will be reflected in the assessment results. Try your best to solve any
problems that you think you might be able to solve. **It is better
to answer incorrectly on a topic that you have seen before, than to use
the "I don't know" button and then skip related topics.**

# 2.11. Do I have to take the highest course I place into?

If you place high, you can always take a lower course. Often, this is a good idea. Many students opt to take a review course to build a more solid foundation. Sometimes, a lower course makes more sense. If you have not taking a high school precalculus course, you probably do not want to start by taking a college calculus course.

For example, if you place into Calculus (Math 122A+122B), you can take Calculus Preparation (Math 120R) or College Algebra (112) instead.

Please note that once you successfully complete a UA Math course, you will not receive credit for a lower level or prerequisite math course without special permission from the Math Department.

# 2.12. How is my score on the PPL Assessment calculated?

There are several topics on the PPL Assessment. In a relatively short period of time (60-90 minutes), the program assesses the percentage of the student's current knowledge of topics from the PPL Assessment topics (how many of the total topics has the student already mastered) by asking a small number of questions (usually 30).

The PPL Assessment chooses each question on the basis of a student's answers to all the previous questions. Each student, and therefore each set of assessment questions, is unique. It is impossible to predict the questions that will be asked. By the time the student has completed the assessment, there is a precise picture of her knowledge of the course, knowing which topics she has mastered and which topics she hasn't out of all of the topics in the course.

# 2.13. What if I do not obtain the required minimum PPL Assessment score for courses?

It may be best to take the course you place into. However, you can choose to review and retest to try to obtain a higher score.

Once you have taken the PPL Assessment, you have access to a free, personalized review module for a limited amount of time.

- Incoming students can access the Prep and Learning module through the Next Steps Center.
- Current students can contact the Math Placement office for access to the Prep and Learning module .

Students can access the Prep and Learning module within 12 months of your first attempt at the ALEKS PPL test.

Other free review material is available here.

There is a 24 hour waiting period between ALEKS tests.

# 2.14. What if I retake the PPL Assessment and do worse than I did the first time?

If a previous PPL Assessment score resulted in a higher UA math placement, the system will keep the higher score, unless the score has expired. Test scores are good for one year only.

# 2.15. Do I have to take the PPL Assessment?

If you are an incoming student, please refer to the Math Placement section of the Next Steps Center.

If you are a current student who still needs to take math and/or science courses to satisfy graduation requirements, you will need to take the Math Placement Exam unless one of the following is true:

- You have a valid UA PPL Assessment score that is less than 12 months old
- You have taken college-level Math course(s) at the UA
- You have Math transfer credit that is at or above the level of College Algebra and was completed within the past 18 months

However, if you want to take Math 100 for review, the PPL Assessment is not required.

# 2.16. Why is my placement score rejected?

When looking at your score in UAccess --> Enrollment --> Transfer Credit, your placement
scores
will show as "Rejected" or "No rule". These are still valid scores if
they were taken within the last 12 months. "Rejected" and "No rule"
only refer to the fact that no credit was earned by the test. You can
ignore the "Rejected" status.

# 2.17. Are there any accommodations available to me if I am registered with the Disability Resource Center (DRC)?

The Math Placement Assessment is a 60-90 minute test. Extra time up to 3 hours is allowed for all students.

Students who require screen reading technology should contact placement@math.arizona.edu for assistance with access to the test.

If you require other accommodations, contact your DRC counselor for assistance

# 2.18. What Calculator can I use on the PPL Assessment?

It is your responsibility to make sure you are using an approved
calculator on the test. A TI-83 or 84 is recommended. If you have a
different calculator, you need to check here to make sure it is allowed: Calculator
models that use symbolic manipulation are not allowed, and the use of
such a calculator will result in a violation of the Student Code of
Conduct and an invalidated test score.

# 4.1. If I wait until classes start, can I ask a math instructor to sign me into a course?

Please note that instructors cannot waive math placement requirements.

The best way to register for a math class is via UAccess registration. Seats in math courses often become available during the first week of classes, and those seats will show up in the registration system. Check UAccess often.

# 4.2. I have met the prerequisite/placement requirements, yet am unable to register. What's going on?

If you believe you qualify for a Math course, but are receiving a registration error, contact the Math Placement Office for assistance.

Please try to register before contacting us.

# 4.3. I am currently enrolled in a math course at Pima Community College (or other institution). Will I be able to pre-register for the next math course at the UA?

No. In order to be eligible for the next math course, we must verify a passing grade of C or better in the prerequisite. Email an unofficial transcript to placement@math.arizona.edu as soon as possible. Any email should include your UA SID and a explanation of why we are receiving your unofficial transcript. Once we verify the course and grade, we can open enrollment into the next course.

Exceptions are made for Math 129 (Calc II), Math 223 (Vector Calc), and Math 254 (Differential Equations) for Fall incoming students, or for current students taking prerequisites over summer. We allow students to register June 1-August 1. Eligibility is verified before classes begin. Students will be expected to verify a grade of C or better in the prerequisite to remain enrolled.

# 4.4. I want to take a course below the level of a course I have already completed. Can I do that?

Students are not allowed to register for courses that serve as prerequisites of courses they have already successfully completed. Exceptions must be approved by the Math Placement Coordinator. (Note that MATH 106, 107, 163, and 263 do not serve as prerequisites and thus do not fall under this rule.)

# 4.5. My major requires MATH 125, but what if I only place into MATH 122A/B. Is that a problem?

No. Although some degree program material solely lists MATH 125 as the requirement, in reality MATH 122B and MATH 125 satisfy the same requirement, so taking MATH 122A/B instead of MATH 125 is not a problem.

The standard Calculus I course is MATH 122A+122B. MATH 125 is simply the accelerated version for students who score extremely well on the ALEKS PPL Math Placement test. Students from both courses can continue into MATH 129 (Calculus II), if their program requires another semester of calculus.

# 4.6. I took a placement test at my other college. Can I use those results for placement at the UA?

We can use recent college level math credits to determine your math placement, but we do not consider results from placement tests at other institutions. Although another test might include topics similar to those on our Math Placement test, the scoring and resulting placement process is unique to each institution. Past experience shows that we are unable to consistently determine an appropriate UA MATH course from an outside placement test, and consequently we do not take such tests into consideration.

# 4.7. I took the UA Math Placement Test back when I was a freshman, but I have not yet taken any math courses. Do I need to take the Math Placement Test again?

The ALEKS PPL Math Placement test results are only valid for one year. There may be other factors that determine a placement, but most of those also expire over time. You probably need to take the test again. Click here for testing information and instructions. You can contact the Math Placement Office if you are unsure.