Placement Tests
Undergraduate students must have the appropriate placement test scores in order to enroll in mathematics and English composition (college writing) classes. Cyberbear does not permit you to register for these courses without the right scores in the system. Please review the information below to determine what type of scores and tests are required.
It is very important to do your best on placement tests; the more accurately the tests reflect your skills, the more accurately they will be able to place you into the appropriate level course to ensure your success!
Placement Test Requirements
Math Placement Requirements
Math Placement Requirements
General Math Placement Information
Most students who have NOT transferred in collegelevel math from another institution, completed an Advanced Placement (AP) mathematics test, or passed a dualcredit math course through Missoula College are required to take the Maplesoft math placement exam before enrolling in a math course. Students may use ACT/SAT Mathematics scores to place into certain math courses.
Students with ACT/SAT scores, math transfer coursework, or AP scores should consult their advisor for more information regarding specific placement and/or math course needs.
Maplesoft Math Placement Exam Information
Maplesoft is an electronic placement exam system that can be taken, for free, on any computer with an internet connection. Students access Maplesoft by logging in to Moodle, UM's online learning management system, with their NetID and password. (If students do not have access to Maplesoft through Moodle, their advisor must submit the online Access Request Form on their behalf.)
There are three different placement exams: Arithmetic, Algebra, and PreCalculus. Students should confirm with their advisor, in advance, which of the three exams they should take, as different placement exams place students into different math courses.
Exams MUST be taken in one sitting, and students are given a maximum of 90 minutes to complete an exam. Most students will only need approximately 45 minutes to complete an exam. Students should record their exam score, which is provided immediately following exam completion, for their records.
Students may retake each specific Maplesoft exam one time. If a student believes his/her score from the second attempt is still not satisfactory, the student must first meet and consult with his/her advisor or a Mathematics faculty member before being permitted to take the exam a third time.
Below is the list of required prerequisites needed to enroll in UM's various math courses. Students with ALEKS scores (UM's previous math placement test) may still use them to satisfy prerequisites. In the table below, M01 stands for Maplesoft Arithmetic exam, M02 stands for Maplesoft Algebra exam, and M03 stands for Maplesoft PreCalculus exam. Students should contact their advisor for more information.
Math Courses

Prerequisites


M 065 Prealgebra 
No prerequisites 
M 111 Technical Math 
This course is for Industrial Technology majors only 
M 090 Introductory Algebra 
M01 ≥ 9 or ALEKS 2 or M 065 ≥ C 
M 095 Intermediate Algebra 
M01 ≥ 16 or ALEKS 3 or M 090 ≥ C 
M 105 Contemporary Math M 115 Probability & Linear Math M 118 Math for Music Enthusiasts 
M01 ≥ 16 or ALEKS 3 or M 090 ≥ C or M 095 ≥ C or ACT score ≥ 22 or SAT Math Section ≥ 520 or SAT Math Test ≥ 27.5 (March 2016 and later) 
M 121 College Algebra M 132* Numbers & Ops for K8 Teachers 
M02 ≥ 14 or ALEKS 4 or M 095 ≥ C 
M 122 College Trigonometry 
M 121 ≥ C or ALEKS 4 or consent of instructor 
STAT 216 Introduction to Statistics 
M02 ≥ 12 or ALEKS 4 or M 115/M 121/M 132/M 151/M 162/M 171 ≥ C 
M 151 PreCalculus 
M02 ≥ 17 or ALEKS 4 
M 162 Applied Calculus 
M02 ≥ 19 or M03 ≥ 10 or ALEKS 5 or M 121 ≥ C or M 122 ≥ C or M 151 ≥ C 
M 171 Calculus I  M03 ≥ 15 or ALEKS 5 or M 122 ≥ C or M 151 ≥ C 
Writing Placement Requirements
Writing Placement Requirements
General Writing Placement Test Information
All students pursing the Associate of Arts (AA) are required to complete WRIT 101 College Writing I with a grade of C or better. (Students exempt from completing WRIT 101 at UM are those that bring in a transfer course equivalent, a specific AP test, or have successfully completed WRIT 101 through a high school dualcredit program.) There are multiple types of tests that may be used to place students into the appropriate English composition course.
Types of Tests Used for Placement
Students who have taken specific SAT or ACT sections, or attended a Montana high school that participated in the Montana University System Writing Assessment program (MUSWA) may use those scores to place into writing. Students who scored a 3 or higher on the English/Language & Composition AP test are exempt from WRIT 101.
If a Missoula College student does not have any of those scores, s/he is required to take the WRIT Placement Test. Students may also opt, after visiting with their advisors, to take WRIT 095 Developmental Writing without taking any placement tests.
If a student needs the WRIT Placement Test, they may choose to take the test face to face during the MC orientation or take the test online. Registration for the WRIT Placement Test, both face to face and online, is provided through the MC Learning Center at http://mc.umt.edu/learningcenter/Testing/umwritplacement.php.
For the online option, students will be added to the WRIT Placement Test Moodle shell so that they can submit their placement test electronically. Once tests have been evaluated, scores will be entered into Moodle for viewing by students and Banner for viewing by faculty and advisors.
Test grading will no longer be electronic. Scores will, therefore, not be available immediately. Graders will regularly evaluate tests, and upload scores upon completion of the evaluation.
Continuing students may submit electronically or attend one of the facetoface tests.
Writing Placement Test Scores
Please refer to the table below to determine what different tests and specific scores may be used to place students into composition courses.
NOTE: Students who place at the top of the WRIT 095 placement threshold should visit with their advisor to discuss whether taking or retaking the WRIT placement test to try to place into WRIT 101 would be a good option for them.
WRIT 095  WRIT 101 WRIT 121 
WRIT 201 

ACT Combined English/Writing  Below 18  1831  3236 
ACT Writing Subject Score  Below 19  1932  ≥33 
Compass eWrite (scores valid through Dec. 2018) 
Below 7  712  [See advisor] 
English Language Arts (ELA) Score  Below 18  1831  ≥32 
MUS Writing Assessment  Below 3.5  3.55  5.56 
SAT Writing Section  Below 440  440690  700800 
SAT or ACT Writing Subscore  Below 7  710  1112 
UM's WRIT Placement Test  1  3  [See advisor] 