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Math Placement - Accuplacer

Purpose The Accuplacer brand Math Placement test is used by the University of Utah to identify the proper level of Math class for which a student should register.
Explanation

Where a student begins their math classes at the U of U is determined by ACT/SAT math scores that are less than two years old, AP Calculus scores of 3 or greater, or transfer coursework. The Accuplacer is required of students whose ACT/SAT scores are older than two years who do not have other math placement information. The Accuplacer may also be taken by any student who would like the opportunity to try to place into a higher course than they are placed into by their ACT/SAT scores or transfer coursework, or by students who took a prerequisite course but did not receive the C or better required to move on. Students may retake the Accuplacer test if they are not satisfied with their math placement.

Schedule

Students may take the Math Placement Test in the Testing Center, by appointment, during normal testing hours.  Please see the "Hours" link above for days and times.

Appointments The test is given on computer in the Testing Center by appointment.  Space is limited, so it is best to make your appointment well in advance by calling the Testing Center at 801-581-8733.  However, walk-ins are accommodated if a computer is available.
Location For students taking the Math Placement test on campus, it is administered in the Testing Center, located in Room 498 of the Student Services Building.  For students living out of state, the test can be taken at a local university or community college in their area.  To make such arrangments students must first contact the local school to confirm their willingness to proctor the exam and to obtain their contact information. Once that is done, students then call the University of Utah Testing Center at 801-581-8733 to provide them with this contact information.  At that point the Testing Center will make the technical arrangements necessary so that the student can take the test at the remote location and still have the results applied to their University of Utah record.
Retakes Candidates must wait one complete week before retaking the Math Placement test.
Timing The Accuplacer is not timed by the online program.  But, the realities of running a testing center require that there be some kind of predictability in scheduling.  Thus, because the average test taker finishes within 90 minutes, the Testing Center allows test takers a maximum of two hours to finish the exam.
Cost For those first admitted to the University after Summer Semester 2011, the cost of taking the test once is covered by the Matriculation Fee, so there is no additional charge for the first administration. Thereafter, all retakes are charged at the usual $15.00 rate.
Identification Photo Identification (drivers license, school I.D. card, passport, etc.) is required for admittance to the test. 
Calculators Calculators are not permitted.
Structure

The Accuplacer is a computer-based test, and this allows it to be adaptive to your particular skill level.  For example, if you do well on the first questions, it may skip questions that may be too easy for you, and move directly on to a more difficult type of question.  Thus, as part of the testing process, you may advance through three different tests:

  • Arithmetic (AR)
  • Elementary Algebra (EA)
  • College Level Math (CLM)
Scores

The score requirements for placement into a particular Math class are determined by the Math Department and are published in their Math Placement Guide:  http://www.math.utah.edu/ugrad/mathplacementguide.pdf

Print-outs A score report print-out will be available immediately after taking the test.  However, the scores themselves are generally only uploaded into the University's system by the Admissions Office by the next business day.
Advising

Students with specific questions or concerns regarding their placement may discuss these with the following:

  • Angie Gardiner
    Undergraduate Math Advisor
    Leroy Cowles Building (LCB), Room 214
    801-581-6837 - Phone
    801-581-4148 - FAX
    advisor@math.utah.edu
     
  • University College Advising
    Room 450, Student Services Building
    801-581-8146
    http://advising.utah.edu
Preparation

The Math Placement Test primarily covers Algebra, with a little Trigonometry.  A variety of Math study guides are generally available at most bookstores and libraries.  Besides these, there are also online resources.  The following links, for example, lead to free practice tests and other study materials:

Note: The Testing Center does not necessarily endorse any of these resources and is not responsible for their content.

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Last Updated: 5/11/17