Mathematics Placement and Exemption Exams (DMAT or ALEKS)
It is NOT MANDATORY to take a Math placement exam at UGA, however it is highly recommended. The exam/s are an optional opportunity to exempt and/or place out of a UGA math course.
Some incoming students may have already earned Math credits through:
Scoring 3 or higher on the AP Calculus AB exam or the AP Calculus BC exam
Scoring 6 or higher on the IB Higher Level Mathematics exam
Earning dual enrollment credit in MATH 1113
Students who receive AP credit for calculus on the Calculus AB or BC exams are not required to take the exam during orientation. Often AP scores will not be received until AFTER orientation. However, many students still choose to take the placement exam during orientation. This is a personal choice and taking the DMAT exam will not negate your AP scores once received. If you test higher on your AP than on the placement exam, your AP score will be used, not your placement score, and vice versa.
If you haven't received any math exemptions or credits prior to starting at UGA, you can register for either Math 1101 or Math 1113 with no prior prerequisites or testing. You and your advisor will choose the best option for you. Students are not automatically "placed" into any math courses upon entering UGA. You will choose and register for all courses via the registration program Athena.
There are two UGA Math Placement Exam Options
MAIN DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO EXAMS:
- The DMAT allows for immediate exemption, credited to your student record, of either Math 1101 or Math 1113 (Precalculus). If you test out of Math 1113, you can register for Math 2250 (Calculus).
- The ALEKS exam can't be used to exempt Math 1101, only Math 1113.
- The ALEKS exam only allows for immediate (within 24 hours) placement into Math 2250. "Placement" meaning, if you score a 76 or higher, you are able to register for Math 2250.
**In contrast to the DMAT, The ALEKS exam Math 1113 exemption, is only credited to your student record once Math 2250 is successfully completed. The course exemption is NOT immediately credited to your record**