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 collegelevel 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=RE6L6NXFGR and follow the steps to create an ALEKS account. There is no charge to you for the sixmonth 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 sixmonth 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 nonrefundable proctor fee, at SDSU Online Test Registration or via the Mailin 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 nonrefundable proctor fee again, at SDSU Online Test Registration or via the Mailin 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.
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 nonrefundable proctor fee, at SDSU Online Test Registration or via the Mailin Registration Form.