Panther Math Prep

Welcome to Panther Math Prep (PMP)

Panther Math Prep is completed through a free, online, self-paced program called ALEKS. After you complete the online registration, you will take an online math assessment. You do not need to schedule the assessment. You can take it online whenever it is convenient for you; no appointment is needed. If you are satisfied with your score, you can use it for your math placement. If you want to try to improve upon that placement, 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 skills. You only need one score from ALEKS or ACT/SAT to satisfy the math portion of your course placement requirement. However, you can prep and test in ALEKS up to five times. If you achieve a higher placement in ALEKS after you have enrolled in your classes, you can email your academic advisor to alter your schedule before the semester begins.

Take a video tour of the ALEKS program to see what to expect.

Who should utilize Panther Math Prep?

  • Students without an ACT/SAT score in their UWM records.
  • Students who are not satisfied with their math placement from their ACT/SAT score.

Panther Math Prep has two main components:

  1. Initial Placement – Using the instructions linked in the registration section below, register for the program then log into the online math tool called ALEKS to take an initial video proctored assessment. A member of our math department will review your test session. If they validate your session then your results will be sent to your UWM PAWS account. If you are happy with your results, you can use that score for your math placement. This initial test will also allow you to see where your areas for improvement lie. If you would like to try and improve upon your placement level proceed to step two.
    If the math department finds any issues with your test session that indicates testing guidelines were not followed, your test attempt will be recorded with a score of zero; and you will be emailed a notification to retest.
  2. Prep & Retest – Utilize the review and preparation resources within the ALEKS program to refresh your skills and practice math concepts. You can test up to a total of five times; each test is an online video proctored assessment. How much time you spend prepping is up to you, but we recommend you work at least 8 hours and complete at least 80% of your prep course before retesting for the first time.

It takes approximately 1-2 weeks for your recorded test session to be reviewed and validated and for your scores to load into PAWS to satisfy your course placement to do list item.

Equipment requirements for online math testing:

  • Webcam
  • Computer/laptop that is not a Chromebook

All placement tests in ALEKS are proctored via webcam. Practice and prep work in ALEKS can be completed on any device but any placement testing requires a webcam and a computer/laptop that is not a Chromebook. If you do not have access to a computer with a webcam that is not a Chromebook, please check with your high school and local library to see if they have a webcam computer you can utilize for the test portion. If you cannot arrange access, our math department can administer testing on computers in their department at the Milwaukee campus. Please contact us at to schedule a time to test on campus or to discuss alternate options if none of the options here will work for you.

Instructions for Panther Math Prep Registration

  • Once you have read the instructions, you will be able to proceed to the ALEKS platform 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 in 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.
  • It is important that you follow the correct link below for registration instructions.

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


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) for those seeking a bachelor’s degree and core requirements for those seeking an associate’s degree , including in mathematics. The competency requirements for GERs and core requirements 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 or the core requirement in mathematics. Completion of this requirement 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 requirement.

How do I determine my math placement?

Math placement is determined based on either your ACT/SAT math score or your score on the ALEKS test in the Panther Math Prep program. 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.

2021 Math Test Scores to Placement Level Conversion*

Aleks Placement Test Score ACT-Math SAT-Math Math Placement Level Math Course Eligibility
0–21 17 or below 480 or below 0 ok for Math 092 or 094
22–45 18–23 490–560 10 ok for Math 098, 102, 103 & 111
46–60 24–27 560–660 20 ok for Math 102, 103, 105, 111, 116, 175
61–67 28–31 670–710 30 ok for Math 115, 116, 117, 175, 205, 208, 211, S215:
68–75 –– –– 35 ok for Math 115, 117, 175, 205, 208, 211, S215:
76–86 32–33 720–750 40 ok for Math 175, 205, 208, 211, 213, S215, 231, 341;
87–100 34–36 760 or higher 45 ok for Math 175, 205, 208, 211, 213, S215, 221, 231, 341;
*Math course eligibility is based on highest test placement.

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. If you have not yet been assigned an academic advisor, you can email us at

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
094 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 211 (or 208 for Lubar students)No additional QLA math course required175
40231 (or 213, bio)211 (or 208 for Lubar students)No additional QLA math course required175
45221 (or 231)211 (or 208 for Lubar students)No additional QLA math course required175
What if I earned a placement level of 0 or 10?

Be sure you are considering all factors, including your Panther Math Prep and/or ACT/SAT scores 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.

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

Contact information
All questions about the Panther Math Prep program should be directed to