Which math class is for me?
Placing into the RIGHT math class!
The best way to answer this question is to go to the Testing Center at your campus and take a placement test. On the Fairbanks campus the Testing Center is located on the second floor of Gruening Building. There you can take the Accuplacer Placement Test. Plan one to two hours to take the test. It is not a timed test. After you take the test you will get a printout indicating which class you should take. Discuss this with your advisor and choose the class that is best for you!
Everybody has a starting place in math. You will gain confidence and pass your math classes if you start in the right place. Don’t worry about how long it will take you. You’re here to learn, so start where you need to and plan to succeed!
The developmental math courses are similar to some classes you may have taken before.
DEVM 050 Pre-algebra.
If you haven’t had math in a LONG time, or if you are very math phobic this may be the class for you. The class will take you back to the basics. You will know some of the material, and some material will be new. You will gain confidence and be ready to move forward.
DEVM 060 Begining Algebra
You had Algebra in high school, but you struggled with it. Maybe you had Algebra in high school: loved it, but not sure if you remember enough to move on. Maybe you have a strong understanding of basic math, and never had Algebra! This class is similar to high school Algebra I class. You will be good at applying order of operations when you finish this class, and you will know how to work with basic equations.
DEVM 105 Intermediate Algebra
This class is similar to high school Algebra II. If you haven’t taken math in a year or more, this might be the class into which you are placed. Maybe you haven’t had math in years, but you were strong in math when you last took it. Also, students fresh out of high school may take this class as a review class. It will help cement your algebra skills before moving on to Functions for Calculus Math 107, Concepts and Contemporary Applications of Mathematics- Math 103 or Algebra for Business and Economics- Math 161.