MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT INFORMATION

All 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

MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT WEB SITES

Take great care when entering your 8-digit 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 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.

LOOK-UP 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 e-mail 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)

    • Do not take both MA106 and MA 111

  • 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 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

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.

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