The Mathematics Department requires a mathematics placement exam to determine a student’s readiness to enroll in a first semester calculus course, including MTH 121, MTH 131, MTH 141. The Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) placement exam was required through summer 2021. Starting fall 2021, the Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE) is now required of a student wishing to enroll in a first semester calculus course. Visit the Mathematics Department website for further placement exam information.

Refer to the table below to determine appropriate placement in Math and Quantitative Reasoning courses.

SAT Redesign Math (March 2016 and forward) | SAT I (Previous SAT) Math | ACT Math | High School Math | Notes | UB Placement |
---|---|---|---|---|---|

0-550 | 0-520 | 0-21 | 3 Years or Less | Strongly recommend to review basics before fall. ALEKS score 30-45. | ULC 147 |

551-590 | 521-570 | 22-24 | No Algebra 2 & Trigonometry or Algebra 2 & Trigonometry with grade less than B. | Student is anxious about taking math. ALEKS score 30-45. | ULC 147 |

Algebra 2 & Trigonometry with grade of B or better. | Student's major requires Calculus, or student wishes to take Calculus. ALEKS score 45-60. | ULC 148 | |||

591-640 | 571-620 | 25-26 | Algebra 2 & Trigonometry with grade of B or better. | Student does not plan on taking Calculus. | CSE 111, LAI 111, MTH 101, STA 119, CEP 207 |

No Algebra 2 & Trigonometry or Algebra 2 & Trigonometry with grade less than B. | Student's major requires Calculus, but student is anxious about starting with Calculus. ALEKS score 45-60. | ULC 148 | |||

Algebra 2 & Trigonometry with grade of B or better. | Student's major requires MTH 121 and student has achieved an ALEKS score of 61-75. | MTH 121 | |||

Algebra 2 & Trigonometry with grade of B or better. | Student's major is Management - MTH 131 and student has achieved an ALEKS score of 61-75. | MTH 131 | |||

Algebra 2 & Trigonometry with grade of B or better. | Student's major does not require Calculus and does not plan to take Calculus. | Appropriate UBC/Gen Ed math course. | |||

>640 | >620 | ≥27 | Based on major - MTH 121, 131, 141 or other suitable course if ALEKS score > 75. If MTH 141, minimum ALEKS score of 76 needs to be achieved. | UBC/Gen Ed math course. |

#### Math Readiness Guidelines:

- Transfer students who have not taken math courses in over two years are strongly encouraged to talk with an advisor and consider enrolling in a lower level course, preferably ULC 147.
- Students who complete ULC 147 are prepared to take ULC 148, CSE 111, MTH 101, LAI 111, STA 119 and CEP 207. The completion of ULC 147 greatly improves students’ chances of future success in ULC 148.
- Students who complete ULC 148 are prepared to take MTH 121, MTH 131 and MTH 141.