NOTICE: ALEKS is available for Fall 2017 registration from May 1st to August 15th.
 
MATH PLACEMENT
 

Incoming Freshmen

Incoming freshmen at the University of Miami will be required to complete the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment before enrolling in a mathematics course.

The recommended course, based on your ALEKS score, will depend on your major and degree program. Please see the Math Placement Guide, as well as the Freshmen Level Math Course Chart, for information on score requirements and prerequisites.

The Course Selection Flowchart guides course selection for students intending to satisfy the mathematics requirement for graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences.

For fall enrollment, the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment will be available to incoming students beginning May 1st until August 15th. Students will be able to access the assessment free of charge through the "TAKE ALEKS" link on CaneLink. The ALEKS assessment can be taken from any location with internet access. Please click here for more details about the ALEKS subscription.

ALEKS is an adaptive assessment and not a test. ALEKS is designed to determine each student's level of mathematical skill in order to ensure his/her success in a particular math course. Students must complete ALEKS without any assistance (this includes any individual, websites, outside materials, etc.). There is no benefit to a student who cheats on the assessment, since placing in a course at too high a level could result in failing the course. Receiving assistance on ALEKS is a violation of the University of Miami's Honor Code and punishable by the provisions set forth by that code.

Students whose SAT or ACT scores are sufficiently high to meet the prerequisite for either MTH 113 or MTH 130 (for BA programs, SAT ≥ 630 or ACT ≥ 28) or MTH 161 (for BS programs, SAT ≥ 700 or ACT ≥ 31) are exempt from taking the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment.

Students who have AP credit in Calculus are also exempt from taking the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment. Keep in mind that AP and IB scores often are not received until mid-July, so if you have not yet received an award of credit letter from the University and do not meet the SAT/ACT exemption requirements, then you should take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment.

The College of Engineering requires all entering freshmen to complete the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment in order to be placed in a Mathematics course.

The School of Business requires all incoming freshmen to complete ALEKS. Please refer to the Business Freshmen Registration website for more information.

Students in the Frost School of Music, in a Bachelor of Music program, who wish to be exempt from the MTH 101 requirement must place into MTH 113 or higher on a proctored ALEKS assessment. The proctored ALEKS assessment will be given by appointment. Dates and times of availability will be announced in advance.

Please click here for details about the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment.

Students with Transfer Credit to Dual Enrollment Credit

Transfer students who have not earned college credit in any mathematics course, must complete the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment in order to enroll the appropriate math course. ALEKS scores from other institutions will not be accepted.

The ALEKS Math Placement Assessment and Prep and Learning Modules will be available to new transfer students (free of charge) beginning May 1st, and should be completed by no later than August 15th, in order for your class schedule to be finalized well in advance of the start of the fall semester.

ALEKS is an adaptive assessment and not a test. ALEKS is designed to determine each student's level of mathematical skill in order to ensure his/her success in a particular math course. Students must complete ALEKS without any assistance (this includes any individual, websites, outside materials, etc.). There is no benefit to a student who cheats on the assessment, since placing in a course at too high a level could result in failing the course. Receiving assistance on ALEKS is a violation of the University of Miami's Honor Code and punishable by the provisions set forth by that code.

Any student who has received college credit for a mathematics course from another institution should consult with his/her Academic Advisor. If any of your mathematics courses have not been evaluated to be equivalent to a UM course, please email the syllabus and course description for the course(s) you have completed to Dr. Leticia Oropesa.

Any student who has received Dual Enrollment credit for a course below Calculus I (MTH 161 or MTH 151) is strongly encouraged to take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment.

Continuing Students

Students should complete the ALEKS assessment during their first semester at UM. Once a student accesses ALEKS, the subscription is good for 1 year. An ALEKS score is valid for 18 months.