Mathematical Sciences Placement Levels

Mathematical Sciences Placement Levels determine what courses you can take at the start of your academic career at UW-Milwaukee. Students who place well can test out of certain general education requirements or begin their studies at a higher level. A placement level can be achieved in several ways:

Mathematics Placement Levels And Placement Code

Math placement levels for placement in Math 095, 105, 116, 117, 175, 205, 211, 214, 225, 228, 231, 341, and Math Stat 215. Changes Effective October 1, 2003. The table below should be used to compute Math Placement Levels for all students testing on or after October 1, 2003.

Note: Credit for Math 211 by either the AP or IB exams is interpreted as a C or better in Math 211 in the following lists.


Math Placement Level A+

Any of the following:
  • A Math Placement Test Code of 45;
  • A score of 4 or 5 on the AP AB calculus exam;
  • A score of 3 or higher on the AP BC calculus exam;
  • A score of 5 or higher on the IB Mathematics - HL;
  • A Math Placement Test Code of 40 and a score of 30 or higher on the Mathematics portion of the ACT;
  • A grade of A- or higher in both Math 116 and Math 117.

Level A+ OK for Math 341, 231, 228, 221, 214, 211, 205, 175, and MthStat 215.


Math Placement Level A

Any of the following:
  • A Math Placement Test Code of 40;
  • A score of 61 or higher on the CLEP Precalculus Exam;
  • A grade of C or better in both Math 116 and Math 117;
  • A grade of C or better in Math 211 and Math 117;
  • A grade of C or better in Math 116 and Placement Test Code 36;
  • A grade of C or better in Math 211 and Placement Test Code 36;
  • A grade of C or better in Math 117 and Placement Test Code 35.

Level A OK for Math 341, 231, 214, 211, 205, 175, and MthStat 215.


Math Placement Level B

Any of the following:

  • A Math Placement Test Code of 30;
  • A Math Placement Test Code of 35;
  • A Math Placement Test Code of 36;
  • A grade of C or better in Math 105;
  • A score of 5 or higher on the IB Mathematical Studies - SL
  • A score of 3 or better on the AP statistics exam.

Level B OK for Math 214, 211, 205, 175, 117, 116, and MthStat 215.


Math Placement Level C

Either of the following:

  • A Math Placement Test Code of 20;
  • A Math Placement Test Code of 26;
  • A grade of C or better in Math 094 or 095.

Level C OK for Math 175, 106, 105.


Math Placement Level D

Either of the following:

  • A Math Placement Test Code of 10;
  • A grade of C or better in Math 090.

Level D OK for Math 095