The University of Arizona

Math Eligibility for Arizona Online Students

Important Information and Quick Links - FOR ARIZONA ONLINE CAMPUS STUDENTS ONLY

Math Transfer Credit Evaluation | ALEKS PPL Assessment (test) | Course Registration Registration Requirements  | ALEKS PPL Scores for Courses

Please read this page before emailing or calling the Math Department.  Email is the preferred form of contact so students can get information in writing.

Math Requirements: Each major at the UA has a specific math requirement set by the major. Some transfer students will complete their requirement prior to attending the UA, while others may need additional courses. Many UA courses have specific math related eligibility requirement that are enforced in the registration system.  Entry into our courses is through recent Math transfer credit, UA prerequisites, or ALEKS PPL Test scores.

Most Arizona Online Campus students will take PHIL 110, Math 107, 112, 116, 125, or SBS 200 to satisfy the foundation math requirement for their major.  Some other courses may be available.  Many students start in Math 100 before taking the above classes. There is no placement test requirement for PHIL 110; however, this class only applies to certain majors. Please verify your requirement through your academic advisor.

UA incoming students need to determine:

  • If your transfer math course(s) satisfy a UA Math requirement or prerequisite. Do you have a transfer Math course(s) or credit?
  • If you are required to take the Math Placement test.  Access is through the Next Steps Center.  
    • Note that this test is for entry into courses at or below the level of Calculus I for students who do not have recent or appropriate transfer credit. If you are done with your Math requirements or plan on taking courses above the level of Calculus I (Math 129, 223, 254, etc.), then the test is not required.  Most transfer students do not need to take the test.
    • You will need to test if you plan on taking a UA Math course above the level of Math 100 and have never taken a college level math course, or have not taken one in the last 3 semesters. 
    • Note that if you have not taken a college level math course, or have not in several years, you can enroll in Math 100 for review.  The Placement Assessment is not required for entry into Math 100.  

Please note: If you do not need to take the Math Placement Assessment, you will need need to click on the Math Link in the Math Placement portion of the Next Steps Center and then REFRESH your CHECKLIST in order for the Math Placement Portion to show as complete.

About the UA ALEKS PPL TEST

The Math Department uses the ALEKS PPL Placement Assessment, which is proctored through an online proctoring service called Examity.  Students need high speed internet, a webcam, and a microphone. Access to the Math Placement Assessment is through your Next Steps Center. To access the test, expand the math placement portion of your Next Steps Center.  Answer "yes" to the testing question to access the links and information.  Use Chrome or Firefox browsers, disable pop-up blockers, click on all the links and read the information before proceeding to Examity to access the test or set a testing appointment.  

  • The PPL Assessment is generally available March 1-the first week of the Fall semester, and then again October 1 through the first week of the spring semester.  
  • If you are admitted as a transfer, readmit, or NDS student, you do not need to test if you have a recent and approved UA Math 125 (Calculus), Math 120R (Calculus Preparation), or Math 112 (College Algebra) course.  
  • Read about the test (Assessment) here. Scores expire after one year.
  • You can review for the Placement test.
  • Scores are processed into the UA system several times a day.  Check Next Steps 12-24 hours after testing. Note that your placement message in your Next Steps Center is based on the requirements for your current major and may not include all courses.  
  • What score do I need to take a particular Math course?  Note that you do not have to take the highest course you place into.  You can take a lower course.  
  • Print and Read before testing document from your Next Steps Center. 
  • Student who need access to screen reading technology for testing should contact the Math Placement Office to access the test. This is not available through the Next Steps Center.  

Course Registration Requirements

Course Registration Requirement  

Test Score
MCLG (Math 100 final)

Test Score

ALEKS PPL

Other Information

Math Dept Approved Prerequisite or
Transfer Credit 

(must be recent for courses at or below the level of Math 125)

Math 100

1-54%

 

1-39%

 

Many students take a review course like Math 100 before taking Math 112.   *If your major allows Math 107, please check the PPL score required.  

n/a
*Math 107 40-100%

30-100%

Many students take a review course like Math 100 before taking Math 107.

Intermediate Algebra (taken within last 18 months)

MATH 112
55-100%

40-100%

Entry is through placement test only Students who take Math 100 must place into Math 112 through the final exam to be eligible.

MCB 181L/R
55-100%

40-100%

Student can qualify with a Math 112 course. Students who take Math 100 must place into MCB 181L/R to be eligible.

PHYS 102, CHEM 151
88-100%

40-100%

Student can qualify with a Math 112 course. Math 112
MATH 116 88-100% 60-100%

Most students first take Math 112. However, if MATH 116 is required and you place into it, you can skip Math 112.

Math 112 or higher level algebra based courses like Math 120R   (taken within last 18 months) AND MIS 111.  If you have not yet completed MIS 111 and qualify for Math 116 otherwise, please contact the Math Placement Office.
MATH 121A 88-100% 60-100% Most students first take Math 112. However, if you place into MATH 121A, you can skip Math 112. Math 112 (taken within last 18 months).
MATH 121B n/a n/a Taken after MATH 121A as a prerequisite to MATH 125. MATH 121A with a grade of C or higher. 
SBS 200 n/a 60-100% Most students first take Math 112. However, if SBS 200 is required and you place into it, you can skip Math 112. Math 112 or higher level algebra based courses like Math 120R, 113, 122B, etc.
MATH 125 n/a 90-100% Most students first take Math 121A and 121B. However, if you place into MATH 125, you can skip Math 121A/B. Math 121A and 121B. A grade of C or higher in Math 121B is required. 
MATH 129 n/a n/a   Math 122B or 125 with a grade of C or higher.  
MATH 243 n/a n/a   Math 129 recommended, but students are eligible after Math 122B or 125.

Math 223 

Math 254

n/a n/a   Math 129 with a grade of C or higher.  
PHIL 110 n/a n/a Make sure this is the right course before enrolling.

PHIL 110 is not a prerequisite to any Math course is only applies to certain majors.  

Information about other courses is available.

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