Math Placement

All students entering NMU are required to take one of the following math placement exams unless college-level credit in mathematics has already been earned and will transfer appropriately to NMU.

For additional information and requirements please visit: MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT FAQ

MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT EXAMS: 

MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT TEST 
(taken DURING ORIENTATION by traditional students coming straight from high school and all others who are attending an in-person orientation session)

OR

MATHEMATICS DIAGNOSTIC TEST 
(taken ONLY by students participating in online orientation, as well as applicants to the Electrical Line program and dually-enrolled high school students)

Both exams provide equally valid mathematics placement.

The math placement website is at http://mathplacement.nmu.edu

NOTE: If you take the online Math Diagnostic Test before 11:00 AM you will be able to register that same afternoon.  If you take it after 11:00 AM you will not be able to register until the following day after 6:00 AM.

The online Math Diagnostic Test is 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.

If you have other questions regarding mathematics placement, please e-mail: mathplacement@nmu.edu .

NMU Advanced Placement Policies

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 MA111

  • 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 MAJORS

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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