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Precalculus Proficiency Assessment

 


Who needs to take the SDSU Mathematics Department Precalculus Proficiency Assessment?

It is recommended that students in the following majors enroll in Calculus I (Math 150) or Calculus for Life Sciences (Math 124) during their first semester at SDSU:

Major
Math
Astronomy
Math 150
Chemical Physics
Math 150
Chemistry
Math 150
Computer Science
Math 150
Engineering (all majors)
Math 150
Environmental Sciences
Math 124
Geography (with emphasis in environmental and physical geography OR geographic information science)
Math 150 or Math 124
Geological Sciences
Math 150
Math
Math 150
Physical Science
Math 150
Physics
Math 150
Statistics
Math 150

 

According to the SDSU General Catalog, enrollment in Calculus I (Math 150) or Calculus for the Life Sciences (Math 124) is limited to students who have either:

- (1) Satisfactorily completed college-level precalculus (Math 141 at SDSU) with a grade of "C" (2.0) or better

OR

- (2) Satisfied the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) requirement and passed the SDSU Mathematics Department Precalculus Proficiency Assessment

OR

- (3) Earned specific Advanced Placement (AP) scores (see below). See the University Policies section of the SDSU General Catalog for more Advanced Placement credit information.

Examination
Score
SDSU course equivalents
Remarks
Calculus AB/ AB Subscore
3
Math 120
Precalculus Proficiency Assessment required for Math 124 or 150
Calculus AB/ AB Subscore
4, 5
Math 150
Precalculus Proficiency Assessment is not needed
Calculus BC
3
Math 120 and 141
Precalculus Proficiency Assessment is not needed, ready to enroll in Math 124 or 150
Calculus BC
4, 5
Math 150 and 151
Precalculus Proficiency Assessment is not needed

 

The Precalculus Proficiency Assessment is NOT the same as the Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam. Taking and passing the ELM does not satisfy this SDSU placement requirement.

- If you plan to enroll in Math 141 your first semester, instead of Math 150, you do not need to take the Mathematics Department Precalculus Proficiency Assessment.

- If you have received college credit or AP credit for Math 150 (as listed in the table above), you do not need to take the Mathematics Department Precalculus Proficiency Assessment.

NOTE: The Precalculus Proficiency Assessment is not transferrable to another university or college.

 

How do I complete the Precalculus Proficiency Assessment?

SDSU uses ALEKS PPL as a tool to complete the Assessment.

(1) Go to www.aleks.com/sign_up/class?class_code=RE6L6-NXFGR and follow the steps to create an ALEKS account. There is no charge to you for the six-month ALEKS license; the cost is covered by the CSU Chancellor's Office. For general information about ALEKS PPL, go to www.aleks.com/highered/math/ppl.

(2) You will be able to take up to five assessments and have unlimited use of the ALEKS PPL learning modules during your six-month license.

(2) You must complete Assessments 1 and 2 on your own. ALEKS PPL will display a chart showing your strengths and weaknesses. These Assessments do not satisfy the placement requirement, regardless of scores.

(3) Use the learning modules to strengthen your understanding of challenging topics.

(4) Assessment 3 must be proctored through SDSU Testing Services. The assessment is 2 hours and does not allow for the use of a calculator. Register for an exam date, and pay the $20.00 non-refundable proctor fee, at SDSU Online Test Registration or via the Mail-in Registration Form.

(5) If you score a 78 or better on Assessment 3, and you have satisfied the CSU ELM requirement, the block on your ability to enroll in Math 150 will automatically be removed by the SDSU Office of the Registrar within 1 to 2 business days. If you score a 72 or better on Assessment 3, and you have satisfied the CSU ELM requirement, the block on your ability to enroll in Math 124 will automatically be removed by the SDSU Office of the Registrar within 1 to 2 business days. If you do not achieve the required score, continue with the steps below.

(6) Use the learning modules as needed, and take Assessment 4 on your own. This Assessment does not satisfy the placement requirement, regardless of score.

(7) Assessment 5 must be proctored through SDSU Testing Services. The assessment is 2 hours and does not allow for the use of a calculator. Register for an exam date, and pay the $20.00 non-refundable proctor fee again, at SDSU Online Test Registration or via the Mail-in Registration Form.

(8) If you score a 78 or better on Assessment 5, and you have satisfied the CSU ELM requirement, the block on your ability to enroll in Math 150 will automatically be removed by the SDSU Office of the Registrar within 1 to 2 business days. If you score a 72 or better on Assessment 5, and you have satisfied the CSU ELM requirement, the block on your ability to enroll in Math 124 will automatically be removed by the SDSU Office of the Registrar within 1 to 2 business days. If you do not achieve the required score, you will be required to enroll in Math 141, and complete the class with a grade of "C" or better, prior to enrolling in Math 150.

 

Deadlines: The deadline for California residents is Friday, August 18, 2017, for the Fall 2017 semester. The deadline for out-of-state and international students is Friday, August 25, 2017, for the Fall 2017 semester. However, you are strongly encouraged to take the assessment prior to your attendance at New Student Orientation so you will have the results before your registration date.

 

Registration Information for Proctored Assessments

If you plan to enroll in Math 150 or 124 for the Fall 2017 semester, you are strongly encouraged to take the Mathematics Department Precalculus Proficiency Assessment prior to your attendance at New Student Orientation this summer. Two options for taking the exam are available to you.

1. Sign up and take the exam at SDSU. There are a limited number of appointments each day, so please plan ahead. More testing sessions and times may be available during New Student Orientation. (Office hours may be affected by campus holidays and closures.) Register for an exam date, and pay the $20.00 non-refundable proctor fee, at SDSU Online Test Registration or via the Mail-in Registration Form.

2. Request that the exam be proctored at an approved testing center close to your home. For details, please visit the Remote Proctoring of Select SDSU Placement Exams webpage.

2017 Exam Dates
Times*
Registration Deadline*
Scores Released
Monday, August 28, 2017
10:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
One business day prior to testing
Sent directly from ALEKS program to SDSU Office of the Registrar within 24 - 48 business hours (Testing Services does not receive your scores)
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
10:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
One business day prior to testing
Sent directly from ALEKS program to SDSU Office of the Registrar within 24 - 48 business hours (Testing Services does not receive your scores)
Determined and posted after the end of Add/Drop
TBD
TBD
Sent directly from ALEKS program to SDSU Office of the Registrar within 24 - 48 business hours (Testing Services does not receive your scores)

* Sessions will be closed when capacity is reached regardless of registration deadline.

 

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Test information, fees, and assessment dates and times are subject to change without notice.