Math Placement

NOTICE: Proctored ALEKS sessions for Spring 2023 registration for newly admitted students will be available from October 13th until January 20th. Continuing students who have not taken ALEKS and have not taken any college math course, may also take ALEKS at this time. Practice ALEKS will be available from October 3rd until January 6th, except on days in which a proctored ALEKS is scheduled. Practice ALEKS does not affect your placement. Find more information and sign up at math.miami.edu/aleks

Main  |  Placement Guide  |  ALEKS  |  Courses & Prerequisites

Incoming New Students:

  • If you were admitted with an SAT/ACT test, your score may be used for math placement.
    • Option: If a higher-level math placement is desired, you can opt to take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment for consideration.
  • If you have an approved AP Calculus score of 3 or 4, your result may be used for math placement.
    • Option: If a higher-level math placement is desired, you can opt to take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment for consideration.
  • If you were admitted without an SAT/ACT test or if you attended high school outside of the United States, you must complete the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment to determine the appropriate math course for you.

Please click here for more details about ALEKS, to schedule an assessment and to understand how you will be placed.


Transfer Students and Students with Dual Enrollment Credit

Transfer students who have not earned college credit in a mathematics course, MUST take ALEKS to determine their math placement.

Students who have completed a math course for college credit must submit the course for evaluation.  Please visit this page for more information.


Math Course Placement and Equivalency Guide

The recommended course will depend on a student's major and degree program. Please see the Math Placement Guide (Domestic Student) for the course in which you are able to enroll.

Below is a list of Credit Equivalencies for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate examinations. These guidelines are effective for the 2021-2022 academic year and are subject to change at any point in time.

Examination/Score Equivalent Credit at the University of Miami
Calculus AB score of 5 MTH 171 - 4 credits
Calculus BC score of 4 MTH 171 - 4 credits
Calculus BC score of 5 MTH 171 - 4 credits and MTH 172 - 4 credits
IB Mathematics Higher Level Score of 5 or 6
(taken prior to December 2020)
MTH 171 - 4 credits
IB Mathematics Higher Level Score of 7
(taken prior to December 2020)
MTH 171 - 4 credits and MTH 172 - 4 credits
IB Math Analysis and Approaches Higher Level Score of 5 or 6
(taken in 2021)
MTH 171 - 4 credits
IB Math Analysis and Approaches Higher Level Score of 7
(taken in 2021)
MTH 171 - 4 credits and MTH 172 - 4 credits

Students with AP Credit in both Calculus I and Calculus II (5 on Calculus BC assessment) may enroll in MTH 210 (Introduction to Linear Algebra) or MTH 211 (Calculus III) or certain other more-advanced courses. If you are interested in taking a higher-level math course, please contact your advisor or Dr. Subramanian Ramakrishnan.


Continuing Students

ALEKS is intended only for initial math placement. Students may not take ALEKS to skip out of any math course after they have begun a math sequence.

Continuing students who did not take ALEKS in their first semester and have not taken any math courses at UM or any other college or university, may take ALEKS to determine their initial math placement. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility for taking ALEKS, please contact Dr. Leticia Oropesa.