NOTICE: Proctored ALEKS sessions will begin ON CAMPUS on May 14th. Check availability and sign up at math.miami.edu/aleks.

 

MATH PLACEMENT
 

Incoming New Students

Domestic Students – Incoming freshmen at UM, will be placed in a mathematics course on the basis of their math SAT or math ACT scores that have been submitted. The recommended course will depend on a student's major and degree program. Please see the Math Placement Guide for the course in which you are able to enroll. Students who would like to place in a higher level course may choose to take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment on campus during one of the proctored sessions offered during the summer, during the Orientation Period and through the first week of classes. For details on how to take ALEKS and dates available, please see below.

International Students – International students will be required to complete the ALEKS Math Placement test on campus during one of the proctored sessions offered during the summer during the Orientation Period and through the first week of classes prior to enrolling in a math course or in any classes that require a math pre-requisite. Knowing that the transition to a US academic setting can be challenging, this will ensure that your enrollment is tailored to your abilities and will maximize your chances of academic success. Please see details below on how to take ALEKS and available dates.

Students with Transfer Credit or Dual Enrollment Credit

Students who have received college credit for a mathematics course from another institution should consult with his/her UM Advisor. If a transfer math course needs to be evaluated by UM for equivalency credit, please email to Dr. Leticia Oropesa, l.oropesa@miami.edu, the syllabus and course description for the course(s) completed.

Transfer students who have not earned college credit in a mathematics course, must complete the proctored ALEKS Math Placement Assessment to determine the appropriate math course at UM. For details on how to take ALEKS, please see below.

Students with AP Credit or IB Credit in Math

Below is a list of Credit Equivalencies for Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate examinations. These guidelines are effective for the 2018 - 2019 academic year and are subject to change at any point in time.

Examination/Score Equivalent Credit at the University of Miami
Calculus AB score of 5 MTH 171 - 4 credits
Calculus BC score of 4 MTH 171 - 4 credits
Calculus BC score of 5 MTH 171 - 4 credits and MTH 172 - 4 credits
IB Mathematics Higher Level Score of 5 or 6 MTH 171 - 4 credits
IB Mathematics Higher Level Score of 7 MTH 171 - 4 credits and MTH 172 - 4 credits

Students with AP Credit in both Calculus I and Calculus II (5 on Calculus BC assessment) may enroll in MTH 210 (Introduction to Linear Algebra) or MTH 211 (Calculus III) or certain other more-advanced courses. If you are interested in taking a higher-level math course, please contact your advisor or Dr. Subramanian Ramakrishnan.

Continuing Students

Continuing students who did not take ALEKS during their first year and who wish to take ALEKS, must contact Dr. Leticia Oropesa, l.oropesa@miami.edu.

What is the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment?

ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) is a web-based assessment system that uses artificial intelligence to create an adaptive test in order to determine a student's mathematical knowledge. The results from the ALEKS assessment are used to determine the appropriate math course for a student to take based on his/her prerequisite knowledge. The ALEKS Assessment covers a broad range of material from basic Algebra to Precalculus. The ALEKS assessment subscription is available to students for 1 year and the scores will be valid for up to 18 months.

How to Take ALEKS

ALEKS will be administered on the UM campus. Beginning May 14th, 2018, there will be a number of proctored sessions offered on campus throughout the summer. Students who would like to take ALEKS for math course placement will need to sign up for a session at math.miami.edu/aleks. Students will be allowed up to 3 tries on the proctored ALEKS assessment. Before each retake, students will be required to spend 5 hours in the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module.

The proctored sessions will take place in a UM computer lab and students will be allowed 2 hours to complete the proctored assessment. Students must use the lab computers and the only additional items permitted in the lab will be paper, pencil, and personal identification. For questions where a calculator is needed/permitted, one will be provided within the ALEKS program. Students must present ID at the proctored sessions.

It is strongly recommended that students take the proctored ALEKS as soon as possible, so that class schedules may be finalized in advance of the start of classes.

Practice Available for ALEKS

Before scheduling an appointment for the proctored ALEKS assessment, students should take an un-proctored, practice ALEKS assessment from any location with internet access. The practice assessment will be available from May 1st until July 31st. Students can access the practice ALEKS assessment and the Prep and Learning Modules through CaneLink by clicking on the link "TAKE ALEKS" in the Student Center. The un-proctored ALEKS must be completed within 5 hours of starting the assessment and is only for practice. The practice assessment will not be used to place students in any UM mathematics course or for meeting any prerequisite. After the practice assessment, the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module will be available for students to review and learn material needed to improve their math placement. The subscription to the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module is for 6 months from the first access.