Math Testing, Gateway, & Placement

Placement Levels

Mathematical Sciences Placement Levels determine what courses you can take at the start of your academic career at UW-Milwaukee. Students who place well can test out of certain general education requirements or begin their studies at a higher level.

A placement level can be achieved in several ways:

Placement Testing

Please visit the UWM Testing Center in Mellencamp Hall, Room B28

For new freshmen or transfer and returning students, placement test scores may possibly be supplemented with ACT Mathematics subsection scores.  The Mathematics Placement Test is administered by the Registrar’s Office Testing Center. Policies, in particular retest policies on the mathematics placement test, can be found here.

Use the following links to view sample items and to learn more about the mathematics placement test:

Standardized Testing

Attaining certain scores on standardized testing following high school curriculum such as Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB), may be used for math placement. You can view UW-Milwaukee’s AP score acceptance policy here and our IB acceptance policy here.

Transfer Credit Assessment

Contact the math department undergraduate advisors to have credits earned at another institution assessed. Some courses in the UW-System have already been evaluated. Search the UW Transfer Information System for your courses.

Course Work at UWM

Course work at UWM can factor into your placement level depending on your placement code. See below.

Mathematics Placement Levels and Placement Code

Math placement levels are used as prerequisites for many lower division Math courses.

For current placement level information, please Math Placement Test Score to Code Conversion page.

Basic Skills Testing

Now Located in Physics Building, Room 330
Effective March 21, 2016

Math 175: Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers

Gateway Testing

Now Located in Physics Building, Room 330

Fall 2016 Hours:

  • Monday: 9am-8pm
  • Tuesday: 11am-6pm
  • Wedesday: 9am-3pm & 5pm-8pm
  • Thursday: 10am-7pm
  • Friday: 9:30am-12pm

First day of Operations: Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Closed for Thanksgiving Recess: November 23-25, 2016
Last day of Operations: Wednesday December 14, 2016
The testing center will NOT be open on the Study Day Thursday December 15, 2016

Math 231: Calculus and Analytic Geometry 
Calculus Gateway Practice Exams


Hours subject to change without notice.  The testing center will close 30 minutes early if there are no students taking tests.  You must arrive 30 minutes prior to closing time to take an exam.  You must present a valid UWM student ID to take an exam.