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Placement Exam Commonly Asked Questions

Placement and Exemption Exams (DMAT or ALEKS)


  • Students who receive AP credit for calculus on the Calculus AB or BC exams are not required to take the exam during orientation. However, many students still choose to take the placement exam during orientation. Often AP scores will not be received until AFTER orientation and students want another chance to test out of Math 1113 prior to receiving their AP scores. 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 don't have any math exemptions or credits coming into UGA, you can register for either Math 1101 or Math 1113 with no prior prerequisites. You and your advisor will choose the best option for you. Students are not automatically "placed" into any math courses when entering UGA.


Please thoroughly read through the information for both exams. More information about both exams can be found here.

  • Taking a math placement exam (either option) is NOT Mandatory. It's an optional opportunity to exempt and/or place out of a UGA math course.
  • All incoming students who have NOT earned credit in or exempted MATH 1113 are strongly encouraged to take the DMAT. 

Click here to view Math Placement Test FAQs

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