To maximize your orientation advising session, you should have already taken all placement assessments (e.g., mathematics, English, world languages). These assessments must be completed prior to your orientation program. Below you will find links and information to help you determine your score on each type of assessment. Please review your scores so you can be as prepared as possible for your meeting with your advisor.
The Necessity of Placement Tests
ALEKS Math Placement
The ALEKS assessment uses adaptive questioning to determine your current math knowledge quickly and accurately. The results of the assessment are immediate. The good news about ALEKS is that it is not a onetime test, but an assessment and learning tool that includes a series of learning modules and up to five assessment opportunities to ensure students are matched to the appropriate IUPUI math course. After the initial assessment, ALEKS provides customized online learning modules to help you improve your assessment score. You should utilize the ALEKS learning modules and additional assessments to achieve a higher score and to prepare for your upcoming math course. Students who use the learning modules often test at least one level higher than those who do not.
Here are a few guidelines to help you determine if you will need to complete the ALEKS math assessment. If you have:
- Not attempted a college-level math course, you should take the ALEKS math placement test.
- Completed a college-level math course with a grade of C or better in the last three semesters (from fall 2015 or more recently), you should take the next math course that is a postrequisite course to the one being transferred and is required for your major.
- Withdrawn from or completed a college-level math course with a grade below C in the past three semesters, you should repeat that course unless there is a belief that you should back up further to the next prerequisite course.
- Completed a college-level math course more than three semesters ago, you should take a proficiency test in the math department (not ALEKS) on the last course (highest level) completed to be sure your prerequisite skills are up to speed; otherwise, you should repeat that course being transferred.
You will complete the math placement online using ALEKS. ALEKS is not a onetime test, but an assessment and learning tool that includes a series of learning modules and up to five assessment opportunities to ensure students are matched to the appropriate IUPUI math course.
If it has been more than two years since you have taken a college-level math course or if you have never taken a college-level math course, you should take the math placement test.
If you took courses in high school that provided college credit (dual credit courses), you are required to take the math placement test.
The ALEKS placement consists of the initial assessment, learning modules, and four opportunities for reassessment. It is important that you take the initial assessment seriously as it will determine your starting point in mathematics. After you have completed your initial assessment, you will see a detailed pie chart of your topic mastery called MyPie. Choose More Detailed Report to see your scores as a percentage score. Below the pie chart are the courses you are eligible to enroll in based on your score. Print your results and write in the courses you're eligible to take based on the table found here. Bring this document with you during your orientation advising sessions.
Chemistry Placement Examination
The Chemistry Placement Examination (CPE) is an assessment to evaluate readiness for college-level chemistry courses. All students who have not completed and received a grade of C– or better in a college-level chemistry course are required to take the CPE prior to enrolling in CHEM-C 105.
The CPE is an open-book, 45-minute online tool to evaluate readiness to begin the main science major sequence, CHEM-C 105–106. You cannot receive assistance from any person during the examination to ensure accuracy of the placement process. The exam can be taken on any computer with reliable Internet access, but mobile devices or pads are not suitable for testing. You must have a valid IU username, and you will only be allowed one attempt at the examination.
To enroll in and complete the Chemistry Placement Exam, click here.
English Guided Self-Placement
Being successful involves starting off in the right English course, one that will support and challenge you. Instead of using a writing test to determine where you should start, we invite you to reflect on your experiences using materials we have prepared. This process is called guided self-placement. After you have learned about IUPUI’s three first-year writing courses and thought about questions we have prepared, you will be able to choose the course that is right for you.
If you are a nonnative English speaker, please click here to learn more about the English for Academic Purposes placement test.
World Languages Placement
Students who have previously taken a world language in high school or have previous experience in that language are eligible to take the world language placement test. The online test is currently administered in French, German, or Spanish. Your score on the world language placement test indicates which IUPUI language course you are recommended to take. Print your results and write in the courses you're eligible to take based on the table found here.
If a test is not offered in the language in which you have taken coursework, please discuss this with your academic advisor.