In-person Math Placement Testing will continue as normal on Monday, December 12th and Friday, December 16th.  Students will be allowed to take the Placement Test in the Math Help Center on Tuesday, December 13th - Thursday, December 15th; the last starting time will be 2:00 p.m. each day. Students who choose to test on December 13th - December 15th are not guaranteed a quiet testing environment as tutoring may be going on in the same room. If you have accommodations though SAEO, please email us at math@vcu.edu. The last day to take the in-person Placement Test in 2022 will be December 16th.

In-person Math Placement testing will be held in Harris Hall 2106 January 9th - January 15th, 2023. Students will need to use this Sign Up Form and select the time and date they will come in person to take the test. Please email math@vcu.edu with any questions.

Math Placement for Current Students

The information below is for current students (those who are already enrolled or special non-degree seeking) who want to take the math assessment again because their previous math placement score has expired or they want to improve their math placement score.

Students who have taken the placement test within the past twelve months:

Students that want to attempt to improve their math placement score can take math placement in ALEKS PPL again at no charge if the second attempt is taken within twelve months of setting up your ALEKS PPL account.

Students who have taken the placement test more than twelve months ago:

If the second attempt is taken more than twelve months after setting up your ALEKS PPL account, your access has expired and students will have to pay a $25 registration fee with ALEKS PPL.  Please email math@vcu.edu to purchase your access code to take the placement test.

The Test

VCU uses ALEKS PPL to determine a student’s math placement score. ALEKS PPL is a web-based program that uses artificial intelligence to map a student’s strengths and weaknesses. There are no outside aids allowed on the placement test. For questions on the placement test that require a calculator, ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator to use. The placement test generally takes 60-90 minutes to complete approximately 30 questions. After completing the math placement test, students receive their math placement score.

Students wanting to take the placement test a second time will be required to take the placement test in-person in a proctored environment.  The Math Help Center (Harris Hall 2126) will administer the proctored placement tests for all students. The Math Help Center will be available on Mondays from 9 am - 4 pm and on Fridays from 9 am - 3 pm for testing.   The last starting time for placement tests is 2 pm on Mondays and 1 pm  on Fridays. No appointment is necessary but you will be required to sign in and show a photo ID. Please email math@vcu.edu if you cannot make the available testing times.  We will do our best to accommodate reasonable requests for an alternate testing day and time.

There is a two hour time limit on ALEKS assessments. If you exceed the two hour time limit, your assessment will be stopped and your score is discarded. It is as if you never took the assessment. There is no way to recover a score. You will need to retake the assessment and ensure you submit the assessment before the two hour time limit expires.

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I'm done... what's next?

Your score will be uploaded to your student record within 24 - 48 hours, and you will be able to register for the math class for which you qualified.

Score Interpretation

ALEKS scores should be interpreted with the assistance of an academic adviser. The math department has established the following cut scores for VCU courses. Students should consult with their adviser to determine which course they should register for to avoid taking unnecessary courses. See the Courses page for course descriptions.

ALEKS Score VCU Math Placement Level Course(s) You Are Eligible to Enroll In*
0-44 131 MATH 129 (for those who need to complete College Algebra or higher) or MATH 131 (for those who only need one course for the Quantitative Foundations requirement)
45-59 141 MATH 141 or STAT 208
60 139 MATH 139, MATH 141, or STAT 208
61-75 151 MATH 151, STAT 210, or BUSN 171
76-100 200 MATH 200, MATH 211, CMSC 255, BUSN 212, or STAT 212

* Make selection in consultation with your academic adviser

Please Note

  • The mathematics placement test is a prerequisite for only the above introductory courses. All other mathematics, statistics and computer science courses require previous coursework.
  • The mathematics placement test score indicates a student’s appropriate level of introductory course and does not earn a student credit for any course. It does not satisfy any requirement for graduation.
  • Math credits are awarded for the successful completion of VCU math courses, transfer credits or satisfactory AP/IB test scores.

Your math placement test score is valid for one year.

Questions?

If you encounter problems with ALEKS PPL or have any questions please contact the Math Department at math@vcu.edu.