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Placement in mathematics courses.

Information for all students

Mathematics is part of the program of most undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky. Course prerequisites help to determine the courses a student is eligible to take.  In addition to exam scores, placement should be based on a student's background, interests, and likely major. 

Students who wish to take an introductory mathematics course are given an initial placement based on their ACT or SAT scores. Students with a Math ACT of 18 and below (or SAT equivalent) are required to take the ALEKS placement exam (proctored) in order to obtain more information about their readiness for a course. We use the Math ACT score (or SAT equivalent), and High School GPA to create a number, MathIndex3, which we believe to be a more reliable predictor of  success in our courses. Students who plan to take a math course are encouraged to use ALEKS to review the mathematics they learned in prior courses. Students may also take a proctored ALEKS exam in order to earn placement into more difficult courses. More information about the ALEKS exam is available at Advisers can provide help in choosing the appropriate mathematics course for a student's major. 

Departmental recommendations on placement are summarized in the document linked here.

Placement in Calculus courses for students with AP credit.

Students who earn a score of 3,4 or 5 on an AP Calculus exam earn credit for one or more of our first-year Calculus courses, MA 113 Calculus I or MA 114, Calculus II. Students who have credit, but plan to take additional mathematics sometimes choose to repeat a course for which they have credit in order to develop a stronger foundation for further study. The department does not recommend that students who earn a score of 3 on an AP Calculus exam use the credit to satisfy prerequisites for the next course. More details are available in our recommendations for students with AP Calculus credit..