Math Placement Test
Do I need to take the Math Placement Test?
Basic Overview
How do I take the Math Placement Test?
Can you give me tips on passing the Math Placement Test?
My test says it is past due. What do I do?
I am getting an authentication error. What do I do?
Academic Integrity Information
Required Cutoff Scores
Contact Us
Currently, taking the Math Placement Test is OPTIONAL for any student who wants to take a math class at the University of Arkansas.
 If you have taken a math class for college credit or earned college credit by taking an examination (i.e. AP Calculus Exam), your prerequisite is fulfilled and you may enroll in the next math class without needing to take the Math Placement Test.
 If your ACT and/or SAT score is at the level sufficient for placement in the desired course, your prerequisite is fulfilled and you may enroll in the desired class without needing to take the Math Placement Test. (See the Table of Required Cutoff Scores.)
 If you feel that you could be successful in a higher level math class than you are otherwise qualified, we encourage you to take the Math Placement Test to try and unlock that higher class.
Basic Overview
1) The UA Math Placement Test (MPT) is free of charge to all University of Arkansas students.
2) The UA MPT does NOT give credit for classes. It can only affect placement into classes.
3) Taking the UA MPT cannot negatively affect your placement. Once you meet a prerequisite for a class by any means, the other methods are not considered.
4) The UA MPT consists of 3 sequential tests: the Preparedness for Algebra (PALG), the Mastery of Algebra (MALG), and the Preparedness for Calculus (PCALC). You must begin with the PALG test and progress forward.
5) For the Summer/Fall testing block, you will have 3 attempts to complete each assessment. This number will be extended to 5 attempts for the Spring testing block. When the next Summer/Fall testing block is reached, a completely new set of tests will be created and attempts will be reset.
6) Once a test attempt has been taken, questions in the Study Plan are marked to indicate concepts you missed on your attempt
7) Scores take a MINIMUM of 1 business day to process before they are available in ISIS to affect prerequisites. Therefore, in order to guarantee that your score can be used for placement consideration, you MUST complete the Placement Test prior to the first day of class.
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How do I take the Math Placement Test?
The math placement test is taken online and may be taken on or off campus through ISIS during the two testing blocks. The testing blocks are tentatively from the middle of March until the beginning of Fall Classes and again from the middle of October until the beginning of Spring classes.
Be sure to read the directions carefully before attempting the test! Take the time to work the review first, and familiarize yourself with the procedures for entering answers. Be aware that these tests are meant to challenge the extent of your collegiate level mathematical capabilities. Completing the review and familiarizing yourself with the testing website are essential to passing.
Getting Started Instructions:
1) Log into http://isis.uark.edu/ using your ISIS login and password.
2) Go to your student center underneath self service. Fill out the necessary RAZAlert information if prompted and continue to your student center.
3) Once in your student center, look at the top middle of the page for the Academics section. Inside of the Academics section is the Testing section. Click on the blue link in the Testing section that says "Optional Math Placement." One of two things will happen. Either you will get a message box that says you are being activated and come back tomorrow (after 9am) to access your test, or you will be taken to the testing environment.
4) Once you are directed to the testing environment, click on the course link for UA Math Placement Fall 2012 to enter your testing class.
5) Run the browser check to make sure you are using a supported browser and have all of the necessary plugins. (ONLY Internet Explorer and Firefox are natively supported browsers)
6) If you are unfamiliar with MyLabsPlus, watch the tutorial on how to enter answers.
7) Click “Study Plan” on the navigation bar to the left. Until you have completed a test at least once, your study plan will include topics for all three tests. You only need to focus on the chapters relevant to your current test (see the tips below).
8) When you are ready to take a test, click “Placement Tests” on the navigation bar to the left. Read the information provided and then click on “Take your placement test” at the bottom of the page. Begin by taking the Entry Questionnaire. Once completed, choose the PALG test and begin.
9) If you obtain the minimum score for PALG, begin reviewing the chapters of the study plan associated with the MALG test. Otherwise, a custom study plan will be generated for you. Problems marked with a pencil icon in your custom study plan are the topics in which you need to focus on in order to be successful on subsequent test attempts.
10) You must wait 24 hours before retaking a test. Spend this time to review your study plan.
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Can you give me tips on passing the Math Placement Test?
Take this Seriously! Remember, you are attempting to test out of several math classes. This is meant to be a challenging assessment of your collegiate math knowledge. It is not meant to be easy.
Some student suggestions:
 Allow yourself ample time to complete this process: several hours over several days.
 Take your time on the tests and study plans.
 Before you take the tests, work only the questions in the chapters listed for the test you are planning to take.
 For PALG: work only on chapters R1 R9.
 For MALG: work only on chapters R4, R10, 14, 8.
 For PCALC: work only on chapters R4, 16, 8, 10.
 If you need to repeat one of the tests, you MUST work all questions with the pencil icon before retaking the same test. To give you ample time to complete the study plan and study, you must wait at least 24 hours before taking it again.
 Review and check your answers:
 Check your typing.
 Check that your answer is typed mathematically correct according to the instructions.
 Check that all fractions are reduced and all denominators are rationalized.
 “Take your time, use the study guide, be very aware of how the program wants you to put in your answers.”
 “The practice problems helped me to recall the correct math notation needed to answer questions.”
 “Study the basics before you go in. Take a look at how the computer accepts answers and simplify to the best of your ability if the assessment requests that."
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My test says it is past due. What do I do?
The UA Math Placement Test is only available during two blocks of time: tentatively from the middle of March until the beginning of the Fall semester and again from the middle of October until the beginning of the Spring semester. Outside of those two timeframes, the UA Math Placement Test is down for maintenance to the system and adaptations to the test. If you are outside of the testing time blocks, you will have to wait until the next testing period begins in order to take the UA Math Placement Test. If you are inside of the testing time blocks but are still seeing a past due error, please contact the math placement test immediately at mathplac@uark.edu, and we will assess your problem directly.
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I am getting an authentication error. What do I do?
Authentication errors are typically caused by one of three things:
1) Using an unsupported browser.
Only Internet Explorer and Firefox are natively supported browsers. Other browsers such as Chrome and Safari require additional plugins/addons as well as a change in browser settings. If you are experiencing authentication errors and are using an unsupported browser, we suggest you go to the Mozilla Website to download and install the free Firefox browser.2) Cookies/browser cache have become corrupt.
Cookies store information so that you can jump from one website to another while maintaining a secure login. Sometimes these cookies become corrupt, which can cause problems in secure environments. It is generally a good practice to periodically clear out your cookies and browser cache. To find out how to clear your cookies, please visit the "About Cookies" Website and follow the instructions for your browser.3) Security settings or browser plugins are causing conflicts.
If you are using the Firefox browser(as recommended), have cleared out your cookies (as recommended), and are still having an issue, it is likely that your security settings are set too high or a plugin is interferring with the process. We suggest that you completely uninstall and reinstall the Firefox browser. This will set everything back to default, which should remove any problems of this type.
If you have exhausted the troubleshooting methods above and are still having issues, feel free to contact the math placement team at mathplac@uark.edu.
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Academic Integrity Statement
Remember, the purpose of the Math Placement Assessment is to place you in the math class that best suits YOU. Therefore, it is very important that only YOU work on your tests and study plans. The only person hurt by cheating on the Assessment will be YOU; because, you will be placed in the wrong class. Students placed in the wrong class often fail that class which is just a waste of your time and money. Therefore, take your time. Do the best you can on the tests. Work hard on your study plans. Get placed in the right class. Be successful at the University of Arkansas next semester!
For more information on the Academic Integrity Policy at the University of Arkansas, please see the video from the Provost (link below) or visit her website directly (link below)
Video from the Provost
Provost's Website
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Required Cutoff Scores
Placement into a math course can be accomplished by any one of the three ways:
 Credit in the prerequisite course.
 The UA Math Placement Test process.
 A sufficient ACT MATH or SAT MATH score.

*Only students who score a minimum of 30 on ACT Math or 680 on SAT Math are eligible to take MATH 2554H Honors Calculus I.
**If the score is not at least one of the minimums listed for MATH 1204 or MATH 1313, the student will be required to take MATH 0003 (Beginning and Intermediate Algebra).
Contact Us
For assistance, email the math placement team at mathplac@uark.edu
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