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Math Placement Test

**This page contains information about the Math Placement Test. The Math Placement Test is NOT the same as a Math Assessment.  If you are petitioning to repeat a course for the third time, please click here.**

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 advance notice of the assigned placement testing date. It is recommended that students with visual impairments contact the Office of Student Disability Services to discuss individual accommodation needs prior to testing.

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. The ALEKS PPL Math Placement Test is untimed, but the assessment must be completed within 48 hours of starting. Calculators are not allowed on the exam. The test can be completed in as little as an hour; however, you are strongly encouraged to take as much time as they need to complete the test. 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 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. The test can be taken any time up until 6 months 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