Panther Math Prep

Welcome to Panther Math Prep (PMP)

Panther Math Prep (PMP) is a free online tool that you can utilize to assess and enhance your math skills prior to retaking your math placement test. We strongly encourage everyone to assess where they have placed in math and consider utilizing this opportunity to prepare yourself for a retest 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.

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, 175 or equivalent courses (102, 108)
  • 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 a combination of your math placement test results and your ACT math subscore. To determine your math placement, you should utilize your math placement test results and/or your ACT math subscore as you are able to use whichever score gives you the highest placement. Every UWM math course requires a certain placement level for enrollment.

You can locate your math placement test results in your PAWS account. Once you are logged into PAWS, 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.

UW System Math Placement Test Levels

LEVELCourse Placement
0Math 092 or 094.
10Math 098 or 103; or Math/Phil 111
20103, 105, 116, 175; or Math/Phil 111
26103, 105, 116, 175;117 SATISFIED; or Math/Phil 111
30115,116,117,175,205,211,S215;
QLA SATISFIED
36 115,116,175,205,211,S215;
QLA & 117 SATISFIED
35115,117,175,205,211,S215;
QLA & 116 SATISFIED
40175,205,211,213,S215,231;
QLA,116 & 117 SATISFIED
45175,205,211,213,S215,221,231;
QLA,116,117 SATISFIED

ACT Math Subscore Placement

Only a few courses allow you to use your ACT math subscore as an alternative to the UW math placement test or coursework but if your ACT math subscore places you into a higher level math then placement test, you are allowed to use it for your math placement.

2018 ACT- math subscore placement
ACT-MathCourse/Placement Allowed
18 or higherMath 103
24 or higherMath 105, 175, 116 (Level 20)
30if in addition, Math placement test level is 40, ok for Math 221 (Level 45).

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)
094 (grade of at least C then advance to level 20 courses)94 (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 courses)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)
20116 (then 117)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)
26116105 (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.

30115 or 116+117211No additional QLA math course required175
36116211No additional QLA math course required175
35117211No 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 received a placement level of 0 or 10 on my math placement test?

If you received a placement level of a 0 or 10 on the math placement test, 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. Don’t worry – you will still be able to attend your New Student Orientation and enroll in all of your other courses.

However, as noted above, some math courses allow you to use your ACT math subscore if it places you higher than your math placement test. Please be sure you are considering all factors, including placement test and ACT scores along with intended major/minor, when determining your appropriate math placement.

  • If you have a math placement test level of 0 or 10 but an ACT math subscore of 20 or higher then you qualify for the credit bearing math courses in math level 20.
  • If you have a math placement test level of 0 or 10 but an ACT math subscore of 18-23, 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 due to your ACT math subscore. 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.

Participating in Panther Math Prep and retesting do not affect your eligibility to register for or attend New Student Orientation (NSO). You can still attend 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 7/5/18 to allow enough time to prepare before retesting.

UPDATE: The free registration period has been extended to 8/1/18 so there is no cost for anyone to register for Panther Math Prep during July!

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

To register, 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.

Please read the full instructions on how to register to make sure that you are not missing any steps.

Once 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.

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 attend New Student Orientation (NSO). You can still attend 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
    Paper-based placement testing is offered at specific times throughout the summer at the Testing Center located in the basement of Mellencamp Hall (2442 E Kenwood Blvd). You can register for a test date at uwm.edu/testregistration. Log in with your epanther ID and password and register any time we offer the test called ‘Placement’.
  2. Proctored computer test in the ALEKS program with the UWM Math Department
    Retesting will also be available via the ALEKS computer program. Testing via ALEKS on computer will take place on UWM’s campus with the Department of Mathematical Sciences and must be arranged by emailing PantherMathPrep@uwm.edu.

If you are not able to retest at UW-Milwaukee there are a 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 if you are not able to retest at UW-Milwaukee and we can investigate alternate arrangements.

Please note that both option 1 and option 2 are completely acceptable retest options. You can decide which option works best for you based on your testing style and the available test dates/times. You will be allowed to utilize both retesting options if you are not satisfied with your first retest attempt.

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