Students are required to take the ALEKS Math Placement exam prior to taking a math class at Northern Michigan University. Students will be contacted by NMU prior to attending orientation, with information on how to complete this online, unproctored test.

Students who take the ALEKS math placement test are able to retake the ALEKS Math Placement test two additional times if they choose to. Prior to retaking the test, a student must complete five hours of remediation within the ALEKS system and wait one week between test dates.

For more information about your specific placement or further testing, please reach out to your assigned advisor or the Student Success Office at

NMU Math Placements based on ALEKS Test Score

ALEKS ScoreMath Placement at NMU
0 -9MA080 - Pre-Algebra

MA090 - Beginning Algebra

MA101 - Quantitative Literacy

30-45MA100 - Intermediate Algebra

DATA 109 - Introduction to Statistics

MA111 - College Algebra - Calculus Prep

MA113 - Finite Mathematics​​​​

61-75MA115 - Precalculus
76-100MA161 - Calculus 1

NOTE: Some non-Math courses have Math placement prerequisites. Please refer to the Bulletin for course prerequisites or meet with your Advisor to determine the requirements for your program. 

If you have questions about any of this, please contact your advisor.

At this time, we do not have specific math retesting dates scheduled. If you are looking to retest though, please send an email to with your name, IN and email address and we will reach out to you with retesting options.