Math Placement


The Math placement exams are available to take by appointment at the UofL Testing Services at any time before course registration.  It is highly recommended that local students contact Testing Services and schedule an appointment for this exam before your orientation. The Math COMPASS exam may also be available at a testing center near your place of residence through "remote testing". For more information on this option you must first contact UofL’s Testing Services at 502-852-6606 to schedule your remote location.

On your scheduled exam date, report to our office in Davidson Hall, Room 310. You MUST present a photo ID and should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled time.

Students taking a Math Compass placement exam (ACT Math Sub-score of 18 and below or 25-26) at the University of Louisville will NOT be allowed to bring their own calculator but may use ONLY the online calculator offered in the Compass software. 

Students taking the U of L Math Challenge placement test (ACT Math Sub-score between 19-24) MAY use a non-programmable calculator, although it is not required.  Calculators will NOT be provided by Testing Services.

Students may ONLY take a placement exam ONE TIME.  No RETESTING allowed on the Compass or U of L Math Challenge Test.

If you have already taken either the COMPASS or KYOTE exam through a Kentucky high school, you can verify that we have received your scores by logging into ULink, click on the Student Services tab, then click to View My Undergraduate Application Status. Received scores are listed near the bottom of the screen. If no scores are listed, your school can either fax the results to 502-852-1871 or email them to to be entered on our system.  If we do not receive scores prior to orientation, you may be required to test again.

You may view sample COMPASS math questions at Students are strongly encouraged to test their current mathematical skills now by attempting the Kentucky Early Mathematics Testing Program (KEMPT) math assessment. This test is available for free if you visit the KEMPT website.

Do You Need a Math Placement?

All students should verify their program's Mathematics course requirements with an academic adviser from the appropriate department.

Initial Mathematics course placement is based on the student's highest ACT or SAT I mathematics sub-score as listed in the table below. Students with a sub-score less than the required sub-score to place into their desired math class should take a placement exam. Students scoring 19 or above on the ACT Math sub-score are guaranteed placement in a credit bearing course.

  • Students with an ACT Math sub-score of 0-18 (SAT I 200-450) MUST take the COMPASS exam.
  • Students with an ACT Math sub-score of at least 19 (SAT I at least 460), but less than the score required for their desired math class (see chart below) should take the U of L Math Placement Exam.
  • Students with an ACT Math sub-score of 25-26 (SAT I of 580-600), who need Math 205 may take the COMPASS Calculus Readiness Test; they also may take the prerequisite; Math 190, or the CLEP Precalculus Exam.

Mathematics Course

Math Sub-score Needed for Initial Placement

Placement Test for Possible Placement into a higher Math Course
MAT 55 (MAT 65, Gen 103 or 0 - 18 200 - 450 Must take Math COMPASS exam

Gen 104 with appropriate Compass Score)

Gen 103, Gen 104






Take U of L Math Challenge

Math 105
20 - 36 480 - 800 Take U of L Math Challenge


Math 111 Supplemented Sections (40-46)*


21 - 22


500 - 530


Take U of L Math Challenge

Math 107, 109, 111 (Regular Sections 01-22, 75, 76)*, 112 or 151
23 - 36 540 - 800 Take U of L Math Challenge
Math 180 or 190 25 - 36 580 - 800


Take COMPASS Calculus Readiness Exam


Math 205 27 - 36 610 - 800 No additional placement required



*Not all sections will be offered each term; only entering freshmen allowed; course cannot be repeated, attendance required (missing class="lower" grade or F)

a) Students with a 21 – 22 Math ACT Sub-score who need Math 111 are strongly encouraged to enroll in a Supplemented Section of Math 111. (Supplemented Sections meet 4 days per week and require an attendance contract during the first class.) Otherwise enroll in Gen 104.

(b) Students with a 19 Math ACT Sub-score will be initially placed in Gen 103 (those needing Math 105) or Gen 104 (those needing 107, 109, 111, 112, 151, 180, or 190), but should take the U of L Math Challenge test for a possible higher placement.

NOTE:  Successful completion of Math 105 DOES NOT qualify a student for any higher numbered Math course such as Math 107, 109, 111 etc.