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Mathematics Placement Exam (ALEKS) for MAC 2311 and MAC 2233


Your ALEKS exam score will also be used for placement for General Chemistry (CHM 2045 or CHM2095). Click here for further information.
  • You can register for MAC 2233 or MAC 2311 if you are registered for and are on track to successfully complete the prerequisites, or have already earned prereq credit:
    • To register for MAC 2233, you must successfully complete MAC 1140 with a minimum grade of C.
    • To register for MAC 2311, you must successfully complete MAC 1147 -or- MAC 1140 and 1114 with a minimum grade of C.
    • If you have AICE, AP or IB exam credit, refer to information about award of incoming credits.
  • If you have not satisfied the prerequisites for MAC 2233 or MAC 2311 you must take an online placement exam, called ALEKS, before you can register for these courses.
  • The Department of Mathematics encourages you to take the assessment even if you have met one of the prerequisites for MAC 2233 or MAC 2311. Quite often, your algebra and trigonometry skills may need review and your placement assessment can provide information and specific areas for additional study.
  • You can retake the placement exam. As a result, scores will be rigidly enforced for students who do not meet any other prerequisite for MAC 2233 or MAC 2311.
    • The minimum score to register for MAC 2233 is 50%
    • The minimum score to register for MAC 2311 is 75%
  • The math placement exam costs $10 each time you take it and the charge will be billed to your UF account. You can take the exam only once every 24 hours. Logon through ISIS to take the exam and to ensure that your score is applied to your official student record.
  • You can access your placement scores from the ISIS left menu by going to My Record > Test Scores. Scores are uploaded overnight, although it may take longer if you took the test on a weekend or holiday.

What Are Your Options if You Do Not Qualify for MAC 2233 or MAC 2311?

  • If you do not achieve the required minimum score to register for MAC 2233 or MAC 2311, there are three options.
    • Option 1: You can retake the placement exam.
    • Option 2: You can take one of the prerequisite courses.
      • If you are preparing for MAC 2233, you should take MAC 1140. To take MAC 1140, you should achieve an ALEKS score of 35%; if your score is below 35% you should begin with MAC 1105.
      • If you are preparing for MAC 2311, you should take MAC 1147. To take MAC 1147, you should achieve an ALEKS score of 50%; if your score is between 35% and 50% you should enroll in MAC 1140 and then in MAC 1114. If your score is below 35% you should begin with MAC 1105.
    • Option 3: You can refresh your algebra-trig skills with six weeks of ALEKS remediation access at a cost of $30. If you have earned only a C or C+ in the precalculus courses you may need substantial review of precalculus to succeed in introductory calculus at the college level.

Does Your Major Require MAC 2233 or MAC 2311?

  • All pre-health students (pre-med, pre-dental, pre-vet med, etc.) should take MAC 2311 to qualify for professional-school admission, regardless of major.
  • From the Index to Majors in the undergraduate catalog, determine whether your major requires calculus and, if so, which calculus course is required.

Taking the Exam

  • Take the time you need to answer each question. Although there is no time limit, the system measures the time it takes you to answer each question and will use this information to determine the next question.
  • Because the placement exam adapts to your responses, the number of questions will vary from 20-35.
  • You may be asked questions on material you have not yet learned. If this should happen, the appropriate answer is "I don't know." When you are familiar with the material, however, it is important to do your best, for the system will interpret an "I don't know" response to mean "I do not know the topic," and this will be reflected in the assessment. Therefore, if you do not do your best, your final assessment may underestimate your level of knowledge.
  • You must logon through ISIS to take the test and to ensure that your score is applied to your official student record.
  • Plan ahead. Allow for at least 90 minutes of uninterrupted time, and be sure to have pencils and some scratch paper on hand.
  • Log on to ALEKS.
    ALEKS will require you to install a plug-in; you will be prompted to do this when you log on. After you install the ALEKS plug-in, you must reboot (restart) your computer. Additional technical assistance.