Mathematics Course Placement

In order to qualify to take a Math department course at the University of Missouri, students must have one of the following:

NOTE: Statistics, Financial Planning, or other math-related courses offered outside the Math department may not fall under the above guidelines. Check with the appropriate department for prerequisite requirements for those courses.

Choose the option that describes you best:

I will be starting at Mizzou as a new student in Spring/Fall

All incoming freshmen should take the math placement assessment (even students with AP credit or dual credit) to aid in course registration prior to summer/winter welcome.

Completing the math placement assessment before finalizing your summer/winter welcome registration is most beneficial. FIGs and other academic programs may have specific deadlines, contact the department of interest for more information.

  • Contact your academic advising unit if you have specific questions about the math required for your degree program: MU Advising.
  • I am a current MU student who needs to sign up for a Math course

    1. Determine what math course(s) are required for your intended major.

    If you are uncertain about the requirements check with your academic advisor or in the University catalog.

    2. Do you have credit for the required math course(s), with a grade of C- or above? (Credits earned from MU or from transfer/dual/AP/IB credit.)

    If you already have credits posted to your myZou for the required math course(s) for your major, then you will NOT need to take the

    3. Do you have credit for the prerequisite math course(s), with a grade of C- or above? (Credits earned from MU or from transfer/dual/AP/IB credit.)

    If your credits were earned at MU, and you took the course recently, then you do not need to take the Math Placement Test.

    If your credits were earned as transfer/dual/AP/IB credits, then it is recommended that you take the Math Placement Test, in order to be certain that your prerequisite skills are up-to-date.

    If your Math Placement Test score ends up below the minimum level for the course you plan to take, you'll have the chance to review before your course begins, or you may choose to retake a lower level course to brush up on your skills.  The low Math Placement Test score won't block you from enrolling in your math course, but it can be an indication that review is needed.

    A higher Math Placement Test score may also qualify you to take a more advanced math course than you would using your existing prerequisites. 

    4. Is MATH 1050 (Quantitative Reasoning) or MATH 1100 (College Algebra) the only Math department course required for your major?

    If the answer is Yes, then check to see if you have a College Algebra Exemption. If you have an Exemption, you will NOT need to take the Math Placement Test, because you will not be required to take a Math course while at MU.

    If the answer is No, then you ARE required to take the Math Placement Test.

    5. Have you taken the Math Placement Test or the Proctored Math Placement Exam previously?

    If so, check to be sure that your score has not expired. Visit the FAQ page to find out how to find your Math Placement Test scores on myZou.

    The valid dates for Math Placement Test scores each semester are listed below:

    Valid dates for your Math Placement Test scores:

    • for Fall 2020 courses: Math Placement Test scores dated 9/15/19 or later
    • for Spring 2021 courses: Math Placement Test scores dated 2/15/20 or later

    If your test has expired, send an email to muasmathsupportserv@missouri.edu, include your name, student id number, the date you took the test, and request permission to take the Math Placement test again.

    6. Still not sure?

    Check with your academic advisor to find out more.

    If you do need to take the MyMathTest assessment, you will login to take the assessment online through the links on the right, and there is no fee or registration required. In case you are not satisfied with your score on the MyMathTest assessment, you will be given the chance to take the assessment an unlimited number of times. In addition, there is a free online study/review package, embedded in the test, that you can use to review and prepare for the MyMathTest assessment and your upcoming math course at MU. In most cases, your score on the MyMathTest assessment will determine your math course placement.