Math Placement

Placement Levels

Math Placement Levels are used as prerequisites for many lower-division Mathematical Sciences courses at UW-Milwaukee.

For current math placement level definitions (along with math placement test score to math placement level conversion chart, and math course recommendations by program or by level), please visit Math Placement Details.

A placement level can be achieved in several ways:

  • Earning a certain score on the Math Placement Test.
  • Attaining certain scores on standardized test such as AP or IB.
  • Transfer course work.
  • UWM math courses.

More details on each of these options are below.

Placement Testing

Students who place well can test out of certain general education requirements or begin their studies at a higher level.

Math placement is determined by the math score on your ACT/SAT, prior college credit earned in math courses, or by completing an ALEKS placement test via the online Panther Math Prep program. The PMP site includes a placement chart, but here are the details on Math Placement levels, including recommendations by major.

Standardized Testing

Attaining certain scores on standardized testing such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or CLEP may be used for math placement. You can view UW-Milwaukee’s AP/IB/CLEP score 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. Here is more information on transferring credit to UWM.

Course Work at UWM

Course work at UWM can factor into your placement level. See Math Placement Details.