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 the NMU Orientation Office 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 academic adviser or the Academic and Career Advisement Center at

NMU Math Placements based on ALEKS Test Score

ALEKS Score Math Placement at NMU
0 -9 MA080 - Pre-Algebra
10-29 MA090 - Beginning Algebra

MA100 - Intermediate Algebra

MSED150 - Math for Elementary Teacher 1


DATA 109 - Introduction to Statistics

MA111 - College Algebra - Calculus Prep

MA113 - Finite Mathematics

​​​​CS120 - Computer Science 1

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

If you have questions about any of this, please contact your adviser or the Academic and Career Advisement Center at

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.