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  • Every student must take the math placement assessment(s). This includes all transfer students and students with AP Calculus scores.  This includes students who have already taken Math 241, 242, 243 (or equivalents) at other institutions and are transferring these credits.
  • To register for a math​ course, you must attain the score threshold through this placement assessment(s). There are no exceptions.
  • A math course is required for graduation with few exceptions.
  • Failure to complete this process by the due date creates serious scheduling problems. (You will be building your course schedule during NSO or when meeting with your adviser. This cannot be completed if you have not finished the placement process.)
  • Using another resource is considered cheating and will compromise the accuracy of the result. This includes using notes, textbooks, math websites, any kind of calculators, and other people.
  • The Placement program is administered by ALEKS, Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces. This is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. It has a six month access deadline.
  • On average, each placement assessment attempt will take 2 hours. Make sure you are using a computer, not an iPad, phone, or tablet. ALEKS will indicate technical requirements.
  • The math placement goal is determined by your major (information about this is provided later). You must attain this placement threshold or get as close as you can. This will ensure you can enroll in a pre-requisite course that will prepare you for your math course requirement.
  • Math course numbers do not reflect course sequencing - i.e. Math 114 does not prepare for Math 115. Talk to your adviser about the appropriate sequence of math courses you need to take for your major.

FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:Read through the following questions but do not use the links until you are through all the placement webpages.

 

 

What math courses are associated with the placement levels?

​Math Courses and math placement levels requirements:

​​CourseTitlePlacement Levels Required for Enrollment​
​Math 010Intermediate Algebra (Remedial, Non Credit!)​​G, M, P, S, B, C
​Math 113​Contemporary Mathematics​G, M, P, S, B, C
​Math 114​College Mathematics and Statistics​M, P, S, B, C
​Math 115​Precalculus​P, S, B, C
​Math 117​Precalculus for Scientists and Engineers​S, B, C
​Math 221​Calculus I​B, C
​Math 241​Analytic Geometry and Calculus AC​

What math courses are associated with placement scores?

​Placement Levels and Associated Math courses:

​​ALEKS ScorePlacement Level​​​Math Course
​Less than 45G​Math 010, Math 113​
​45-59M​​Math 114
​60-64​P​Math 115
​65-69​S​Math 117
​70-74​B​Math 221
​75 or above​C​Math 241

Math Placement Score Equivalencies from Previous Math Placement Programs (2012 or earlier):

​​Level From 2012 Placement​Corresponding Level for Current Math Placement​Math Courses
​I​G​Introductory Algebra Course at a Community College (to prepare for Math 010), OR Math 113 - Contemporary Mathematics, OR
​II​G​Math 113 - Contemporary Mathematics, OR
Math 101 - Intermediate Algebra
​III​M​Math 114 - College Mathematics and Statistics, OR
​IV​P​Math 115 - Precalculus
​V​B​Math 221 - Calculus I
​IV or V​SMath 117 - Precalculus for Scientists and Engineers​
​VI​​C​Math 241 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus A

These threshold levels are mandatory for enrollment in a math course. For instance, a student cannot enroll in Math 115 unless they have a Level IV, V, VI, or have a P, B, S, C. 

Using a math placement score from several years ago may not be an effective placement strategy. These students are encouraged to re-take the math placement test if they have not worked with algebra for several years. They can access the new placement program through our math department web page. There is a cost of $25 but this will be well spent to ensure students are better prepared for their math course.

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