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Mathematics Placement Assessment

 


The Department of Mathematics & Statistics has a detailed website, called "Calculus at SDSU", that explains the courses in the calculus sequence, defines a lecture and breakout session, explains the placement process, and introduces their Learning Center. You may access the website here.

 

Who needs to take the SDSU Mathematics Placement Assessment?

Students planning to enroll in Math 141 (Precalculus), Math 124 (Calculus for the Life Sciences), or Math 150 (Calculus I) at SDSU are required to meet the following prerequisites prior to enrollment. Please note: Effective July 22, 2018, the minimum scores required for enrollment in Math 141 and Math 150 were adjusted. If you have questions, or need assistance with enrolling in the appropriate class, please email Math.prereqhelp@sdsu.edu.

Math 141 - Precalculus

Prerequisite: Knowledge of algebra as demonstrated by either: (1) Satisfactory completion of Math 105 (College Algebra) with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or (2) satisfy the Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Assessment requirement and complete the SDSU Mathematics Placement Assessment with a minimum score of 51.

Math 124 - Calculus for the Life Sciences

Prerequisite: Knowledge of algebra, geometry and trigonometry as demonstrated by either: (1) Satisfactory completion of Math 141 (Precalculus) with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or (2) satisfy the Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Assessment requirement and complete the SDSU Mathematics Placement Assessment with a minimum score of 72.

Math 150 - Calculus I

Prerequisite: Knowledge of algebra, geometry and trigonometry as demonstrated by either: (1) Satisfactory completion of Math 141 (Precalculus) with a grade of C (2.0) or better; or (2) satisfy the Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Assessment requirement and complete the SDSU Mathematics Placement Assessment with a minimum score of 76.

If your major is included in the table below, it is recommended that you take Math 124 or Math 150 your 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

 

You will not be able to register for Math 141, Math 124 or Math 150 until you have satisfied the prerequisites listed above, and the qualifying information has been posted to your student record. Testing Services does not determine criteria for exemptions or satisfaction of the Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Assessment; you will need to contact SDSU Admissions.

It is strongly recommended that you complete the SDSU placement exam(s) prior to your attendance at New Student Orientation. All exams must be completed and received by SDSU Testing Services no later than Saturday, July 7, in order to have the results prior to the beginning of New Student Orientation.

Freshmen students beginning at SDSU without any of the Freshmen Skills Assessments (e.g., SAT, ACT, EAP, etc.) for the Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning Assessment are also required to take the Mathematics Placement Assessment. It is strongly recommended that you complete the Mathematics Placement Assessment before the fall semester.

NOTE: The Department of Mathematics & Statistics has an detailed website, called "Calculus at SDSU", that explains the courses in the calculus sequence, defines a lecture and breakout session, explains the placement process, and introduces their Learning Center. You may access the website at here.

Advanced Placement

If you took Advanced Placement (AP) exams in high school, you may already have college credit for Math 141, Math 150 and/or Math 151 (Calculus II). Please refer to the table below.

Important note: If your AP score qualifies you to enroll in a math course and you are unable to do so, please email Math.prereqhelp@sdsu.edu with your name and Red ID number, and attach a copy of your previous AP report for assistance.

 

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

 

 

How do I complete the SDSU Mathematics Placement 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: A minimum score of 51 allows for placement in Math 141 (Precalculus); a minimum score of 72 allows for placement in Math 124 (Calculus for Life Sciences); and a minimum score of 76 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 5, 6 and 7.

(5) Take Assessment 4 on your own. Use the learning modules as needed. 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 51, 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.



How to register for the Mathematics Placement Assessment

If you are a newly-admitted student, there are two ways to complete the SDSU Mathematics Placement Assessment. If you are a continuing student, you may only take the Mathematics Placement Assessment at SDSU Testing Services.

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 opened, if needed. Register for an exam date and pay the $20.00 non-refundable proctor fee, via SDSU Online Test Registration or 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. There is an additional exam fee in addition to any fees charged by the approved testing center.

 

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2018 Exam Dates
Times*
Registration Deadline*
Scores Released
Tuesday through Monday, August 14 - 20, 2018
8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
One business day prior to testing or until filled
Sent directly from the ALEKS program to SDSU Office of the Registrar within 24 - 48 business hours (Testing Services does not receive your scores)
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
5:30 p.m.
One business day prior to testing or until filled
Sent directly from the ALEKS program to SDSU Office of the Registrar within 24 - 48 business hours (Testing Services does not receive your scores)
Wednesday through Friday, August 22 - 24, 2018
8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
One business day prior to testing or until filled
Sent directly from the ALEKS program to SDSU Office of the Registrar within 24 - 48 business hours (Testing Services does not receive your scores)
Monday and Tuesday,
August 27 - 28, 2018
8:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
One business day prior to testing or until filled
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.

 

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NOTE: The Mathematics Placement Assessment is not transferrable to another university or college.


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