# Score Interpretation

Math placement test scores should be interpreted with the assistance of an academic advisor. Students should consult with their advisor to determine which course they should register for to avoid taking unnecessary courses. See the Courses page for course descriptions.

## New Scores

Due to changes in the ALEKS Math Placement test, we have revised the ALEKS Math Placement cutoff scores for students taking the ALEKS Math Placement test beginning March 11, 2024.

ALEKS Score | VCU Math Placement Level | Course(s) You Are Eligible to Enroll In |
---|---|---|

0-39 | 131 | MATH 129 (for those who need to complete the College Algebra Sequence or higher) or MATH 131 (for those who only need math for the Quantitative Foundations requirement) |

40-56 | 141 | MATH 141 or STAT 208 |

57 | 139 | MATH 139, MATH 141 or STAT 208 |

58-75 | 151 | MATH 151, STAT 210, BUSN 212 or MATH 310* |

76-100 | 200 | MATH 200, MATH 211, BUSN 212, STAT 212 or CMSC 255 |

*As of the Fall 2024 semester.

These new scores will apply to students who meet one of the following on or after March 11, 2024:

- You started at VCU prior to Summer 2023 and have only taken the ALEKS math placement test once, so you are still eligible to take the placement test for the second and final time.
- You started at VCU in Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Spring 2024 and you have not taken your one and only attempt at the ALEKS math placement test.
- You are starting at VCU in or after Summer 2024 and have not yet taken the ALEKS math placement test.

## Old Scores

The below scores are older scores that were assigned to tests taken prior to March 11, 2024.

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 the College Algebra Sequence or higher) or MATH 131 (for those who only need math 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, BUSN 212 or MATH 310* |

76-100 | 200 | MATH 200, MATH 211, BUSN 212, STAT 212 or CMSC 255 |

*As of the Fall 2024 semester.

These old scores will apply to students who meet one of the following on or after March 11, 2024:

- You started at VCU in Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Spring 2024 and you have already taken your one attempt of the ALEKS math placement test.
- You started at VCU prior to Summer 2023 and have taken the ALEKS math placement test two or more times.

Note: If you took the ALEKS Math Placement Test prior to March 11, 2024, your scores **will not** be retroactively adjusted to the new cutoff scores.

## Please Note

- The mathematics placement test is a prerequisite for only the introductory courses above. 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, satisfactory AP/IB test scores, or CLEP scores.
- Math courses taken in high school that are not dual enrollment courses with an accredited university cannot be used to place into a higher introductory math course.
- MATH 131 does not serve as a prerequisite for any other math course but does fulfill the Quantitative Foundations requirement and does satisfy the prerequisites for STAT 208 and STAT 210. If you need to complete the College Algebra Sequence or higher for your degree program and place at the 131 level, the math department highly recommends you take MATH 129 instead of MATH 131.

## Satisfied With Your Score?

Write down your placement score. You will need your VCU math placement test score to complete your registration survey. Your score will be uploaded to your student record within 24-48 hours so you can register for the math class for which you qualified.

## Unsatisfied With Your Score?

If you have taken the placement test and are not satisfied with your current math course placement, you have an option to place one course level higher by completing the appropriate ALEKS prep and learning module with 100 percent mastery of all objectives in the module.

Visit the Prep and Learning Modules page for further information on this option.