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Precalculus Proficiency Assessment

 


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

According to the SDSU General Catalog, enrollment in Math 141 (Precalculus) requires taking the Precalculus Placement Assessment through the ALEKS PPL program.

Additionally, it is recommended that students in the following majors enroll in Math 150 (Calculus) or Math 124 (Calculus for Life Sciences) 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

 

Enrollment in Math 150 or 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) Earned specific Advanced Placement (AP) scores (see below; effective Fall 2018 for AP exams taken in 2018). 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 and Math 141
Precalculus Proficiency Assessment is not needed; ready to enroll in Math 124 or Math 150
Calculus AB/ AB Subscore
4, 5
Math 150
Precalculus Proficiency Assessment is not needed; ready to enroll in Math 151
Calculus BC
3
Math 141 and 150
Precalculus Proficiency Assessment is not needed; ready to enroll in Math 151
Calculus BC
4, 5
Math 150 and 151
Precalculus Proficiency Assessment is not needed

 

- If you have received college credit for Math 150, or AP credit (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.

 

SDSU uses the ALEKS PPL program as the tool to complete the Precalculus Proficiency 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. You will have unlimited use of the learning modules during your six-month license and the ability to take up to 5 assessments. For general information about ALEKS PPL, go to www.aleks.com/highered/math/ppl.

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

(3) 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.

(4) ALEKS scoring: 60 - 71 allows for placement in Math 141 (Precalculus); 72 - 77 allows for placement in Math 124 (Calculus for Life Sciences); 78+ allows for placement in Math 150 (Calculus). The ALEKS program will send scores directly to the Office of the Registrar, who will automatically remove the appropriate registration hold within 1 to 2 business days of receiving your score. If you do not achieve the desired score, continue with the steps below.

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

(6) If needed, 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.

(7) If you do not achieve a minimum score of 60, you will be required to enroll in Math 105 (College Algebra), and complete the class with a grade of "C" or better, prior to enrolling in Math 141.

 

Deadlines: The deadline for California residents is Friday, August 17, 2018, for the Fall 2018 semester. The deadline for out-of-state and international students is Friday, August 24, 2018, for the Fall 2018 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 141, Math 150, or Math 124 for the Fall 2018 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. This is available for new, incoming students only. For details, please visit the Remote Proctoring of Select SDSU Placement Exams webpage.

 

2018 Exam Dates
Times*
Registration Deadline*
Scores Released
Monday through Thursday, March 5 - August 23
10:00 a.m.
2:00 p.m.
One business day prior to testing
Sent directly from the 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.

 

Directions and Parking Instructions for exams administered at SDSU

 

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