All
students entering NMU are required to take one of the following placement exams unless:

Collegelevel 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
MATHEMATICS
PLACEMENT WEB SITES:
Take great
care when entering your 8digit NMU IN  An error will result in wrong
placement.
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 nontraditional students. Home schooled students,
dualenrolled 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.
LOOKUP PLACEMENT
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 email
mathplacement@nmu.edu .
MATHEMATICS
PLACEMENT FAQ
Part I
Generally, start with the highest recommended on the
Mathematics Placement Exam. However, if you are recommended for MA115,
you should take:

MA106
(Trigonometry) if you do not need calculus (eg. Electronics, Technology
majors)

MA115 (Precalculus)
if you will go on to calculus. NOTE: MA106 cannot be
used as a substitute for MA115 and does not satisfy the prerequisite for
MA161.
Part II
Recommended 
You may take 
MA115 or higher 
Recommended course or MA171 
MA104 or
MA111 
MA104 if you do not plan to take precalculus.
MA111 if you plan to take
precalculus. 
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR ELEMENTARY
EDUCATION MAJOR
Recommended 
You Should Take 
MA103 or higher 
MA150 
MA100 or Lower 
As recommended by Mathematics Department. 
IDEAL COURSE PROGRESSIONS
MA 103 > MA 171 typical for business majors
MA 103 > MA 271 geographyrelated 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
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
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.
