Panther Math Prep

Welcome to Panther Math Prep (PMP)

Panther Math Prep (PMP) is an online tool that you can utilize to assess and enhance your math skills prior to taking or retaking your math placement test. We strongly encourage everyone to assess where they have currently placed in math and consider utilizing this opportunity to prepare yourself for retesting in the hopes of earning a higher math placement. Depending on your current math placement and intended area of study, earning a higher math placement could allow you to progress toward graduation more quickly and save you time and tuition costs by passing through lower level math courses. If you have never taken an ACT/SAT or math placement test, you can use this program to assess your math skills before taking a placement test through this online program.

Panther Math Prep has three main components:

  1. Complete an initial unproctored math assessment – After registering for the program, you will log into the online math tool called ALEKS to take an initial assessment to see where your areas for improvement lie.
  2. Utilize the review and preparation resources within the ALEKS program to refresh your skills and practice concepts – How much time you spend prepping is up to you, but it generally takes a minimum of 20 hours of prep work to see an improvement in your placement level.
  3. Complete a proctored test for math placement – You must complete a proctored placement test to get placed into math courses. You have a couple of test options outlined in the ‘Retest Information’ section below.

What is my math placement used for? Why do I need to take math?

Regardless of your major, all UWM students need to satisfy general education requirements (GERs), including in mathematics. The competency requirements for GERs are designed to assure basic proficiency in oral and written communication, quantitative literacy, and foreign language. You may also have specific math course(s) required by your particular major to attain your degree.

Math placement is designed to place you into a course(s) that will satisfy the Quantitative Literacy Competency Part A (QLA) of your required GERs. Completion of QL Part A can be demonstrated by satisfying one of the following options:

  • earning at least three credits with a grade of C or higher in Math 103, 105, 116, 175 or equivalent courses (102, 108), or Math/Philos 111
  • achieving a placement code of at least 30 on the mathematics placement test.

Again, keep in mind that your particular major may require you to complete additional math courses above and beyond this GER requirement.

How do I determine my math placement?

Math placement is determined based on either your score on the UW System math placement test or your ACT or SAT math subscore (plus the units of high school math work you completed if that helps boost your placement). If you have multiple sets of scores in your PAWS account, you will be allowed to use your highest scores to determine your math placement. If you complete prep work in the online ALEKS system via the Panther Math Prep program (described below), there is also an online placement test you can complete in the ALEKS program that can be used for your math placement. If you have never taken an ACT or SAT, you will use the score from your ALEKS test for your math placement.

Your current math placement level will post to your PAWS account in early June. To locate your math placement in your PAWS account, log into PAWS using your epanther ID/password, click on the dropdown menu in the Academics area and choose the option called ‘Placement Tests’. You will see both a numerical placement code level and a list of classes that you are eligible to enroll in. You can also determine your placement using the tables below.

ACT Math Placement Table

ACT Math Subscore Only With Any Amount of High School MathACT Math Subscore + Units/Years of High School MathMath Placement LevelMath Course Eligibility
Anyone can enroll; no score minimums092 or 94
18+16+ & 3.5 units of HS math1098, 103, 111
24+21+ & 4 units of HS math20103, 105, 111, 116, 175
28+25+ & 4 units of HS math30115, 116, 117, 175, 205, 211, S215
QLA GER* Satisfied
32+27+ & 4 units of HS math40175, 205, 211, 213, S215, 231
QLA GER* & 115 satisfied
34+29+ & 4 units of HS math45175, 205, 211, 213, S215, 221, 231
QLA GER* & 115 satisfied

SAT Math Placement Table

SAT Math Subscore Only With Any Amount of High School MathSAT Math Subscore + Units/Years of High School MathMath Placement LevelCourse Eligibility - Math
Does not satisfy any of the following092 or 94
490+420+ & 3.5 units of HS math1098, 103, 111
570+530+ & 4 units of HS math20103, 105, 111, 116, 175
670+590+ & 4 units of HS math30115, 116, 117, 175, 205, 211, S215
QLA GER* Satisfied
720+630+ & 4 units of HS math40175, 205, 211, 213, S215, 231
QLA GER* & 115 satisfied
760+680 + & 4 units of HS math45175, 205, 211, 213, S215, 221, 231
QLA GER* & 115 satisfied

*QLA GER = Quantitative Literacy Competency Part A General Education Requirement; this is a math requirement that all students must satisfy in order to graduate from UW-Milwaukee.

How do I know which math course I need to take for my major?

  • Once you have determined your math placement level, you can assess which math course(s) you will need. The math pathways listed here are general recommendations grouped by areas of study. Undecided majors and those who are unsure where their intended area of study would be classified should speak with their academic advisor listed in their PAWS account about the best pathway for their specific academic plans. Questions about which math course is appropriate for your major should be directed to the Academic Advisor listed in your PAWS account.

NOTE: Students should consider each academic program they intend to pursue when identifying a math pathway, including all majors and minors.

Math Course Recommendations by Intended Major/Minor/Area of Study
Math Placement LevelSTEM Pathway
(Natural Sciences, Engineering, Architecture)
Professional Pathway
(Business, Health Sciences/Nursing)
Math Literacy Pathway
(Arts & Humanities)
Education Pathway
(Education)
04 or 92+102+75 (grade of at least C then advance to level 20 courses)94 or 92+102=75 (grade of at least C then advance to level 20 courses)92 + 102 (grade of at least C = QLA satisfied then eligible for 175)92 + 102 (grade of at least C = QLA satisfied then eligible for 175)
1098 + 108 (grade of at least C = QLA satisfied then advance to level 30 course Math 115)98 + 108 (grade of at least C = QLA satisfied then advance to level 30 courses)103 (grade of at least C = QLA satisfied then eligible for 175)103 (grade of at least C = QLA satisfied then eligible for 175)
20 or 26105 (grade of at least C=QLA satisfied then advance to level 30 course Math 115)105 (grade of at least C = QLA satisfied then advance to level 30 courses)103 (grade of at least C = QLA satisfied)175 (grade of at least C = QLA satisfied)

NOTE: Placement levels of 30 or higher satisfy the math GER QLA requirement.
Some majors/minors/areas of study require additional math coursework beyond level 30.

30, 35, or 36115 211No additional QLA math course required175
40231 (or 213, bio)211No additional QLA math course required175
45221 (or 231)211No additional QLA math course required175
What if I earned a placement level of 0 or 10?

Be sure you are considering all factors, including placement test, ACT/SAT scores, and units of HS math along with your intended major/minor, when determining your appropriate math placement.

If you received a placement level of 0 or 10, you may need to successfully complete a semester long noncredit math course during your first year at UWM. After successfully completing the noncredit math course, you will be eligible to enroll in the credit bearing math course(s) required for your degree. In some cases special sections of credit-bearing math courses are offered in conjunction with the noncredit math course, so you could do both courses in the same semester but you would need space in your schedule for two math courses. In either case, don’t worry – you will still be able to enroll in all of your other courses.

If you have a math placement test level of 10, you qualify for a credit bearing math course (Math 103) that is appropriate for some majors. If your major does not require math coursework beyond Math 103 then you will not need to take the noncredit math class, you will be able to enroll in Math 103. Please see the list of majors below whose math requirement is satisfied by successfully completing Math 103. If your major requires math courses other than Math 103, if you are undecided about your major or if you want to try and test higher in your math placement regardless of your major, you should strongly consider retesting in math.

Depending on your intended major, if you have placed into a noncredit math course, you may be paying for an extra math course that will not count as credit toward your college graduation. If you retest and place into a college level math course, you will earn college math credit more quickly, progress faster toward graduation and save tuition costs of more than $1,000 which is why completing the Panther Math Prep could be very beneficial.

Participating in Panther Math Prep and retesting do not affect your eligibility to register for or complete New Student Orientation (NSO). You can still complete your orientation and register for your courses. You will have the opportunity to change your math course after NSO if you place higher when you retest.

Majors whose math requirement is satisfied by Math 103

    • Africology
    • Anthropology
    • Art
    • Art Education
    • Art History
    • Classics
    • Communication
    • Comparative Literature
    • Criminal Justice
    • Dance
    • English
    • Film
    • Film Studies
    • French
    • German
    • Global Studies (tracks other than Global Management)
    • History
    • Inter Arts
    • International Studies
    • Italian
    • Jewish Studies
    • Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies
    • Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Music
    • Music Education
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Psychology (BA)
    • Religious Studies
    • Russian
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Spanish
    • Theatre
    • Women’s Studies


How does Panther Math Prep work?

Panther Math Prep is completed through an online, self-paced program called ALEKS. After you complete the online registration, you will take an online math assessment. This assessment will direct you to the areas where you need to improve. You will be provided with online review materials and practice problems to strengthen your skill set. Because the program is online, you can begin the program when it is convenient for you but we recommend starting the program prior to mid July to allow enough time to prepare before retesting.

The cost to participate in the Panther Math Prep program is $25 and you need to sign up by completing the registration instructions provided on this page.

 

Panther Math Prep Expectations

We recommend that you spend at least 20 hours working in the program. You can definitely spend more than 20 hours prepping as you will have unlimited access to the program throughout the summer but we recommend that you commit at least 20 hours to the program. You can complete your studies online at times that are convenient for you.

Instructions for Panther Math Prep Registration

  • Please read the full instructions on how to register to make sure that you are not missing any steps.
  • Once you have read the instruction, please click here and follow the prompts to register using your UWM epanther ID and password, the same one you use to log into your PAWS account.
  • After you register, please be sure to update your preferred email address in your ALEKS account under “Settings”. Directions on updating your email address can be found on the last page of the registration instructions.
  • It is very important that you bookmark the login page for ALEKS as only this link will work to log into your prep program. You will need this link every time you wish to log back into ALEKS.
  • Because the program is online, you can begin the program when it is convenient for you but we recommend starting the program prior to mid July to allow enough time to prepare before retesting.

PLEASE NOTE: By registering for Panther Math Prep your name, UWM email address, and UWM ID number will be received by the owner of the ALEKS software, McGraw Hill. This information is only shared for the purposes of facilitating your use of the software. McGraw Hill is obligated to maintain the same level of confidentiality as UWM with regard to your information.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please email panthermathprep@uwm.edu.

Retest information

Participating in Panther Math Prep and retesting do not affect your eligibility to register for or complete New Student Orientation (NSO). You can still complete your orientation and register for your courses. You will have the opportunity to change your math course after NSO if you place higher when you retest.

You have two options to retest for free at UW-Milwaukee.

  1. Paper-based UW System math test at the UW-Milwaukee Testing Center
    Currently all placement testing at UW-Milwaukee has been suspended through at least the end of July. We hope to be able to resume testing at some point in August but it is too early to know when/if that will happen. Once we resume testing, you will be able to register for scheduled test sessions at uwm.edu/testregistration. Log in with your epanther ID and password and register any time we offer the test called ‘Placement’. The UW-Milwaukee Testing Center is located in the basement of Mellencamp Hall at 2442 E Kenwood Blvd.
  2. Proctored online computer test in the ALEKS program
    Testing via ALEKS will be an online test proctored via webcam (Respondus webcam proctoring and lockdown browser). If you would like to test via this option you will need to email panthermathprep@uwm.edu when you are ready to test to receive a test password. ALEKS is offering free testing via webcam prior to June 18th; starting June 18th ALEKS will charge a $5 fee for this test option. The $5 will be payable to ALEKS via credit card or Paypal. The cost covers up to four test attempts. If you choose to test using this method, please read these instructions for taking an online placement test via webcam. If you are testing on or after June 18th, please read these instructions for how to make your $5 payment.

If you are not able to retest in person at UW-Milwaukee and prefer to test in person, there are a very limited number of testing sites available in other areas of the state for a fee. Retesting at other sites requires special permission from UW-Milwaukee. Please email us at  panthermathprep@uwm.edu if you are not able to retest at UW-Milwaukee and we can investigate alternate arrangements. Please note that due to COVID-19, testing sites are very limited and may not be available in your area.

You will be allowed to utilize both retesting options if you are not satisfied with your first retest attempt.

Please note that the UW-Milwaukee math department will not accept math test scores from the UW System online, unproctored math placement exam that will be offered this summer. You must utilize one of the options listed above.

 

Contact information
All questions about the Panther Math Prep program should be directed to PantherMathPrep@uwm.edu.