Math Placement

General Math Placement Information

Most students who have NOT transferred in college-level math from another institution, completed an Advanced Placement (AP) mathematics test, or passed a dual-credit 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 Pre-Calculus. 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.

Determining which Maplesoft Placement Exam to take

There are three different placement exams: 

Arithmetic, Algebra, and Pre-Calculus. 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.

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, 

M03 stands for Maplesoft Pre-Calculus exam.

Students should contact their advisor for more information.

Math Courses
Prerequisites

M 065 Prealgebra

No prerequisites

M 111 Technical Math

M 065 ≥ C-  or  ALEKS 2 through Spring 2017
[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 104 Numbers as News

M 105 Contemporary Math

M 115 Probability & Linear Math

M 118 Math for Music Enthusiasts

M01 ≥ 16  or  ALEKS 3  or  M 090 ≥ B-  or  M 095 ≥ C-  or ACT score ≥ 22  or  SAT ≥ 520 

M 121 College Algebra

M 132* Numbers & Ops for K-8 Teachers

M02 ≥ 14  or  ALEKS 4  or  M 095 ≥ C-

*M 115 ≥ C- is also an acceptable prerequisite for M 132

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 Pre-Calculus

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-

Take the Maplesoft Math Placement Exam

  • 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. 

Questions or Support

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Call the LC if you experience any trouble with the log in process: 406-243-7826.

For more information about the placement process, or to interpret your placement score: Advising Center Placement Tests .

*Students with a math transfer equivalency or ACT/SAT scores may not need to take the ALEKS.  Contact admissions for evaluation: 406-243-7852 or admiss@umontana.edu