Mathematical Sciences

Math Placement

Placement in an appropriate initial math course is crucial to your success at Michigan Tech. Our goal is to place you into the course that will provide the best opportunity to complete your degree in four years.

Does everyone need to take ALEKS for math placement?

Not necessarily. You will be placed in your first math course based on the highest of the following:

  1. Your highest math ACT or math SAT score...OR
  2. AP Calculus credit (AB or BC)—if you send your scores, we will receive them in early July (just, sit tight until then)...OR
  3. College transfer credit for College Algebra or higher—note, high school level classes called precalculus or calculus do not count unless they also appear on a college transcript...OR
  4. ALEKS score—you have 5 attempts included with the ALEKS package

Only students without 1, 2, or 3 above must take ALEKS.

Depending on where you place based on your recommended first math course, you may or may not need to take ALEKS. If you ultimately place below your recommended first math course, we strongly recommend you take ALEKS to challenge your placement.

Your current aptitude matters! Starting in a math course that is too low may increase your time to graduation. But starting in a course that is too advanced could mean frustration, difficulty understanding important concepts, or re-taking courses and increasing your time to graduation.

Use the drop-down menu below to see your recommended first math course based on your intended major, and learn what you need to place into that course:

Choose your major:

 
Score Needed to Place in Your First Michigan Tech Math Course
Michigan Tech Course* ACT Math Score SAT Math Score AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC IB Mathematics (HL) ALEKS
MA1020 Quantitative Literacy 10-20 260 or higher N/A N/A N/A 0 or higher (recommended minimum of 46)
MA1030 College Algebra 15-21 530 and below N/A N/A N/A 46-60
MA2720 Statistical Methods 22 and above 540 and above N/A N/A N/A 61 and above
MA1032 Precalculus 22-25 540-600 N/A N/A N/A 61-75
MA1135 Calculus for Life Sciences 26-28 610-670 2 Based on AB subscore N/A 76-85
MA1161 Calculus Plus with Technology I 26-28 610-670 2 Based on AB subscore N/A 76-85
MA1160 Calculus with Technology I 29 680 and above Score of 3 allows placement in MA2160, but a grade of C or better must be earned to receive credit for MA1160 Based on AB subscore N/A 86-100
MA2160 Calculus with Technology II N/A N/A 4 or 5 Based on AB subscore N/A N/A
MA3160 Multivariable Calculus with Technology N/A N/A N/A

4 or 5; Score of 3 allows placement in MA 3160, but a grade of C or better must be earned to receive credit for MA 1160 and MA 2160; Credit/placement for a score of 2 or lower will be based on AB subscore

5 N/A
 * Transfer credit awarded for equivalent courses with a grade of C or higher

Placement in Your Initial Math Course

Once you’ve been accepted to Michigan Tech, we will place you in your entry-level math course based on your highest ACT or SAT math score we have on file, or AP, IB, CLEP, or college credit for an equivalent math course. If you feel this placement is correct, you do not need to contact us or take the ALEKS placement. If you feel this placement is incorrect, you may challenge.
If you do not have ACT, SAT, AP, IB, or CLEP scores, or a grade of C or higher in an equivalent math course, you will need to take the ALEKS placement.

Challenging Your Math Placement

We realize that some students will feel they have not been placed into the correct course. If a student wishes to challenge his or her placement, he or she may choose to take the online ALEKS placement. If a student chooses to take this test, he or she is waiving the initial placement, and will be placed according to the ALEKS test results. You can be placed in a lower course, and this result is not challengeable.