The Math Placement Test determines your placement into Math courses at UMBC. Your Math placement also affects which Science courses you can take at UMBC. The Math Placement Test is administered through ALEKS and uses their ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) Assessment. All students are required to take the Math Placement Test unless they have any course credit or exam scores that would exempt them from testing. Please see the Placement Testing Exemptions page for more information.
To Request Accommodated Testing (All Students):
Students with a documented disability may request reasonable accommodations for UMBC placement testing. Students with disabilities seeking accommodations must register with the Office of Student Disability Services and submit appropriate documentation to determine accommodation eligibility. Students are encouraged to complete the SDS registration process with a minimum of two weeks before they plan to test. It is recommended that students with visual impairments contact the Office of Student Disability Services to discuss individual accommodation needs prior to testing.
For a quick overview of the Math Placement Test, please click here: Math Placement Test Overview
About the Test
The ALEKS PPL Math Placement Test covers topics in numerical operations, algebraic operations, geometry, and trigonometry. It is a 30 question adaptive test designed to accurately assess your current Math ability and to determine which Math course should be your first Math course at UMBC. You will have 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Test.Calculators and outside resources are not allowed on the exam. After you complete the test, you will see your score and Math Placement. For more information about Math Placements and what they mean, please click here: Math Placement Test Goals
Preparing for the Test
The ALEKS PPL Math Placement Test has a brief tutorial which shows you how to input responses; however there is no practice test before the actual test. If you would like to prepare for the test, we recommend you use a website like khanacademy.org to review. For more information about preparing for the Math Placement Test, please click here: Preparing for the Math Placement Test
After the Test
After you complete your test, you will be shown your score and a prep and learning module to help you review and prepare for your Math course. If you are unsatisfied with your score and placement, you can take the test again after completing the prep and learning module. For all new students starting in Fall 2020, the test can be taken any time up until a year after your original test date OR until you start your first Math course at UMBC. For more information about retaking the Math Placement Test, please click here: Retaking the Math Placement Test