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GEN 103 & 104

What is GEN 103 & 104?

GEN 103 and GEN 104 review Algebra content and math study strategies with curriculum specifically designed for entry-level University of Louisville mathematics courses for STEM and non-STEM majors. Non-STEM majors (GEN 103) require MATH 105 or another QR course, and STEM majors (GEN 104) require MATH 111 or a MATH course other than MATH 105.

Students receive 3 hours of college credit (elective credit only) for the GEN 103 or GEN 104 course. In Fall 2020, hybrid classes will meet once per week, and complete the rest of their course requirements online. We are also offering fully online versions of GEN 103 and GEN 104 in Fall 2020.

GEN 103 and GEN 104 are open-ended; students can complete their required course curriculum and demonstrate mathematics competency through testing at any time.

A student who is unable to demonstrate competency in one semester will be required to register again for GEN 103 or GEN 104 for a subsequent semester and until the student has achieved the competency. Students can test for possible placement into entry-level math courses throughout the semester.

Course components include the following:

  • Customized curriculum.
  • Computer-aided instruction with online homework and assessments.
  • One-on-one assistance from mathematics tutors and instructors.
  • Topics required for subsequent credit-bearing QR and MATH courses.
  • Hawkes Online Courseware
  • Emporium Math Lab (EML)

Do I need to take GEN 103 or 104?

Mathematics/QR Course Placement Criteria

University of Louisville 2020-21AY
Math Course ACT Math Sub-score needed for initial placement New SAT I Math Sub-score needed for initial placement Next-Generation Accuplacer KYOTE College Ready (MATH) score for placement
GEN 103 0 - 18 260 - 500 ARTH: 200-262 N/A
GEN 104 19 - 36 510 - 800 ARTH: 263-300 22-30#
QR courses outside of Mathematics/ Engineering (currently CJ326, GEOG 256, PHST 200, PSYC 205) 19 - 36 510 - 800 ARTH: 263-300 22-30#
Math 105, 106, QR: ANTH 111 20 – 36 520 – 800 QRAS: 237-300 N/A
Math 111 Supplemented Sections (40-46) 21 – 22 530 – 550 QRAS: 250-262 N/A
Math 109, 111 (Regular Sections 01-22,50, 75+) 23 - 36 560 – 800 QRAS: 263-300 N/A
Math 180, 190 25 - 36 590 - 800 AAF: 250-300 N/A
Math 205 27 - 36 640 - 800 AAF: 276-300 N/A
GEN 103/104 Notes:

Prerequisite Note: Successful completion of MATH 105 or QR courses outside of Mathematics/Engineering DOES NOT qualify a student for any higher numbered MATH course such as Math 109, 111, 180, 190 etc.

Engineering Note: This table does not included QR courses in Engineering

ACT Note: ACT scores are good for two years for placement in a math course.

Registering for the Accuplacer Next-Gen ARTH Exam

Students whose scores on the ACCUPLACER Next Generation ARTH exam are between 200-262 will be required to register for GEN 103 and those who score between 263-300 will be required to register for GEN 104.

Registering for the Accuplacer

There are curently 4 options for taking the Accuplacer at the University of Louisville.

WAIVER (take it for free): Must meet qualifications for free and reduced lunch. Contact Testing Services at 502-852-6606 for verification and scheduling.

IN-PERSON: Scheduled by appointment Monday – Friday between 7am – 5pm. For local students and those without computer access. $15

ONLINE (Zoom): Reserved for out of town students ONLY. Scheduled by appointment Monday – Friday between 7am-5pm EST (Louisville Time). $15

ANYTIME (through Examity): 24/7 at your convenience, including weekends.

  1. Make sure you have a computer, web cam, high speed internet connection, and private, undisturbed environment to test.
  2. Go to http://accuplacer.org and click on VERIFY SYSTEM at the bottom of the page to verify your computer meets minimum specifications before selecting this option. If it does, return to this screen and click the link on the next line to request your voucher.
  3. Click here to request your voucher number before scheduling test. Allow up to 2 business days to receive your voucher. If you haven't received the voucher after 2 business days, please call Testing Services at 502-852-6606 to request the voucher processing.
  4. After you receive your voucher by email from Accuplacer, you will be directed to the Examity website to schedule.
  5. You will be required to create an account with Examity and then pay the $25 fee to schedule your future appointment.
  6. Follow the directions in your appointment confirmation email to log in to take your test.
Register for the Accuplacer Exam
How to Register for the Accuplacer Exam
Studying for the Accuplacer

The free ACCUPLACER study app features official practice tests in each subject that you can take on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. The format is just like the real ACCUPLACER tests, and you’ll get immediate feedback with answer explanations for both correct and incorrect answers.

Accessing the Accuplacer Study Materials
Step 1: Get the Study App


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Step 2: Create an Accuplacer Study Account

In order to utilize the Accuplacer Study app you will need to create an account with Accuplacer.


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Step 3: Choose the Test Type

The University of Louisville only offers the Accuplacer Next-Generation test. Select the Next-Generation Practice Tests.


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Step 4: Choose which test to study for

Based on the test(s) you need to take, choose the Accuplacer exam you want to practice studying for:

  • Reading
  • Arithmetic
  • Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
  • Advanced Algebra and Functions

Select Learn As You Go to get immediate feedback or Sample Test to practice taking the Accuplacer.