For students who did not take a year or more of Calculus in high school and who have not earned college credit for Calculus:

If you want to take a math class (for any reason) during your first year at the University, you are required to take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam.

If you are considering a major in any of the following areas of study, you are required to take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam.

  • Actuarial Science
  • Applied Physics
  • Astronomy
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chiropractic (pre-)
  • Computer Science
  • Dentistry (pre-)
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Geoscience
  • Health & Human Physiology
  • Human Physiology
  • Informatics
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine (pre-)
  • Microbiology
  • Nuclear Med Tech Interest
  • Nursing
  • Optometry (pre-)
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Therapy (pre-)
  • Physician Assistant (pre-)
  • Physics
  • Podiatry (pre-)
  • Public Health (BA, BS, interest)
  • Radiation Sciences (pre-)
  • Speech and Hearing Science
  • Statistics
  • Veterinary Medicine (pre-)

Placement exam results are binding, because we want you to take the course that is at the most appropriate level for your current math skills.

When to take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam

For spring admitted students, do not take this exam before October 1. For summer and fall admitted students, do not take this exam before May 1. Take this exam as soon as possible following the opening date for your session (spring, summer or fall) and at least 2 weeks prior to your orientation date. If you take the ALEKS Math Placement Test and are not satisfied with your initial score, you will have enough time to review math through the ALEKS tutorial and retake the test before coming to orientation.

What you should know before taking the ALEKS Math Placement Exam

  • ALEKS is an online exam consisting of 25 – 30 open-ended questions covering a variety of math topics. The exact number of questions will vary because of the adaptive format.
  • There is no time limit for ALEKS, but you should allow a minimum of 90 minutes to complete your exam.
  • You may repeat the ALEKS exam.
  • You may not use a calculator, books, notes, or any other resources except for scratch paper. A calculator will be provided within the ALEKS programs when appropriate.
  • You can take ALEKS more than once, however you should work on the Prep & Learning Modules before re-taking ALEKS. You may want to discuss results with your advisor at orientation prior to re-taking ALEKS.

How to take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam

Begin the ALEKS Math Placement Exam - (Use this code for spring 2017 cohort: EGNJC-VG4KY)

To see the minimum ALEKS scores required for math courses, please see the ALEKS Math Course Placement