Math Placement 101

Although NMU does require math competency as a graduation requirement for all bachelor’s degree-seeking students, your academic history will determine whether or not you’ll need to take a placement test. All students must take the online Math Placement Test unless you meet one of the following criteria:

  • You have already earned NMU credit for MA 090 or higher
  • You have earned the NMU transfer credit equivalent of MA 090 or higher
  • You have earned a score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus Exam

If you do not meet the criteria for placement, you will be required to complete the Math Placement Test. The test is 30 questions that must be completed in a single session with a two hour time limit. The average time for completion is 70-90 minutes and the results are immediate. Please note: This (unproctored) assessment will only be used for course placement purposes and does not meet the Math Competency or Quantitative Reasoning requirement for the NMU General Education Program.

If you need placement, follow these instructions to complete the Math Placement Test:

  1. Log in to the Math Placement Test.
  2. Enter your MyNMU username and password when prompted.
    • If you have not yet set up your username and password, follow these instructions (requires NMU Identification Number).
    • Your NMU Identification Number (IN) can be found in your official letter of acceptance or by calling the Global Campus: 906-227-1200.

Before you begin the test, you will be guided through a short tutorial detailing how to use the placement test system and which tools you will be able to access while testing. If you’re not satisfied with your initial score, you can retake the test as many as three times and your best score will be used for placement. You will be required to wait at least one week between retakes and you must also complete five hours of remediation prior to each retake. Remediation is vital as it can be used to refresh or relearn skills that you may have forgotten or never fully learned.

The following chart shows the placement score ranges from 0-100 and the corresponding math course placement:

For additional information and requirements please contact your academic adviser or visit: MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT FAQ.

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