**1.2. Do I have to take the highest course I place into?**

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**Do I have to take the highest course I place into?**

If you place high, you can always take a lower course. Often, this is a good idea. Many students opt to take a review course to build a more solid foundation. Sometimes, a lower course makes more sense. If you have not taking a high school precalculus course, you probably do not want to start by taking a college calculus course.

For example, if you place into Calculus (Math 122A+122B), you can take Calculus Preparation (Math 120R) or College Algebra (112) instead.

Please note that once you successfully complete a U of A Math course, you will not receive credit for a lower level or prerequisite math course without special permission from the Math Department.