students entering NMU are required to take one of the following placement exams unless:
College-level credit in mathematics
has already been earned and will transfer to NMU,
A score of
three (3) or above has been earned on the AP Calculus Exam.
NMU Advanced Placement Policies
PLACEMENT WEB SITES:
care when entering your 8-digit NMU IN - An error will result in wrong
MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT EXAM
(ONLY for freshmen coming straight out of high school)
MATHEMATICS DIAGNOSTIC EXAM
(All OTHER STUDENTS including freshmen who have
been at NMU for at least one semester, other returning
students, transfer students, and non-traditional students. Home schooled students,
dual-enrolled high school students and
students with GEDs should take this test as well)
Both exams provide equally valid mathematics placement.
NOTE: If you take the exam before 11:00 AM you will be
able to register that same afternoon. If you take the exam
after 11:00 AM you will not be able to register until the
following day after 6:00 AM.
EXAM RESULTS: (Access Code: NMUMATH)
The tests are available online from 6:00 a.m. to
11:00 p.m. seven days a week. It will take less than an hour to
complete. Calculators are not allowed.
Should you not
have access to the Internet, you may take the test when you
arrive on campus and receive a laptop computer.
If you have other questions regarding mathematics placement, please e-mail
Generally, start with the highest recommended on the
Mathematics Placement Exam. However, if you are recommended for MA115,
you should take:
(Trigonometry) if you do not need calculus (eg. Electronics, Technology
if you will go on to calculus. NOTE: MA106 cannot be
used as a substitute for MA115 and does not satisfy the prerequisite for
You may take
MA115 or higher
Recommended course or MA171
MA104 if you do not plan to take precalculus.
MA111 if you plan to take
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR ELEMENTARY
You Should Take
MA103 or higher
MA100 or Lower
As recommended by Mathematics Department.
IDEAL COURSE PROGRESSIONS
MA 103 -> MA 171 typical for business majors
MA 103 -> MA 271 geography-related programs
MA 104 -> MA 106 typical for most CTAS majors
MA 111 -> MA 115 -> MA 161 typical of many science, math and CS majors who
are not advised to start at a higher level by the Math Placement Exam
Only one of MA 103, MA 104 and MA 111 should be taken.
The choice between MA 104 and MA
111 largely depends on
the goals of the student. If the student enjoys mathematics, has a good math
background, and will (or may) take precalculus and calculus, MA 111 is the
appropriate course. On the other hand, MA 104 is geared for those students
who need (and want) only basic, applied algebra and perhaps trigonometry.
MA 104 -> MA 171 is not recommended.
MA 104 -> MA 115 requires a B- or better in MA 104.