Placement Testing

Placement Testing Information

  • Freshman Student Math Placement
    This placement is required for all incoming freshmen.

    The ALEKS math placement is used to ensure that you will be placed in the math class that will make you most successful. ALEKS is a dynamic assessment tool to gauge your math skills. It provides detailed feedback and customized learning modules, which are available after your first assessment, to help you improve in key concept areas. Using the ALEKS learning modules is the best way to get the highest score so you do not have to take courses not required for your major. The scores that you receive from ALEKS are valid for 12 months after your test date.

    ALEKS Math Placement Quick Facts:

    • You may take the ALEKS math placement a total of five times—an initial placement and four more attempts.
    • The ALEKS math placement uses adaptive questioning to accurately determine your current knowledge of math content.
    • You will receive immediate feedback upon completion of each assessment.
    • You can complete learning modules customized to help you improve on key concepts. These are updated after each assessment to help you score even higher for your next attempt.
    • The ALEKS math placement is available for up to six months after your initial assessment to improve your score.

    To access the ALEKS math placement, please complete the following:

    For your advisor to determine if you have been placed in the correct math class, you may be asked to take a proctored ALEKS math placement. Your advisor will give you more information if this applies to you.

    Dual Credit or AP Credit

    The ALEKS math placement is required of all incoming IUPUI freshmen unless you have taken a college-level math course, including dual credit from high school. Students with dual credit should NOT take the ALEKS math placement. Students who have AP math credit from high school must take the ALEKS math placement.

    Dual Credit—Students who have earned college credit through dual credit from high school should NOT take the ALEKS math placement. Students must submit a transcript from the institution(s) where the dual credit was awarded (e.g., Ivy Tech, Vincennes, Purdue). Mail a transcript to IUPUI and bring a copy of this transcript to orientation. If you have dual credit for a math course, please refer to Transfer Student Math Placement.

    AP Credit—Students who have AP math credit from high school must take the ALEXS math placement. Make sure to send your scores to IUPUI. You will be able to register for a math course when IUPUI has received your AP scores.

    Both dual credit and AP scores should be sent to:

    IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions
    Cavanaugh Hall 147
    425 University Boulevard
    Indianapolis, IN 46202
  • Transfer Student Math Placement
    This placement will be required for transfer students who meet the given criteria.

    As a student who is transferring to IUPUI, appropriate placement in math is important for academic success. Math course placement depends on your experience in math. To determine the appropriate assessment, please read through the following:

    • Never attempted a college-level math course—You should take the proctored ALEKS math placement.
    • Completed a math placement test at another IU campus, but did not complete a math course—You should take the proctored ALEKS math placement.
    • Completed a college-level math course more than three semesters ago (distributed)—You should take the proficiency exam with the math department.
    • Completed a college-level math course with a grade below C within the past three semesters—You should take the proficiency exam with the math department.
    • Completed a college-level math course with a grade of C or better within the past three semesters (distributed)—You do not need to take the ALEKS math placement.
    • Completed a college-level math course with a grade below C and the course is not equivalent to an IUPUI course (undistributed)—You should take the proficiency exam with the math department.
    • Completed a college-level math course with a grade of C or better but the course is not equivalent to an IUPUI course (undistributed)—The course must be reviewed by the math department.

    ALEKS Math Placement

    The ALEKS math placement is used to ensure that you will be placed in the math class that will make you most successful. ALEKS is a dynamic assessment tool to gauge your math skills. It provides detailed feedback and customized learning modules, which are available after your first assessment, to help you improve in key concept areas. Using the ALEKS learning modules is the best way to get the highest score so you do not have to take courses not required for your major. The scores that you receive from ALEKS are valid for 12 months after your test date.

    To take the ALEKS math placement, please complete the following:

    ALEKS Math Placement Quick Facts:

    • You may take the ALEKS math placement a total of five times—an initial placement and four more attempts.
    • The ALEKS math placement uses adaptive questioning to accurately determine your current knowledge of math content.
    • You will receive immediate feedback upon completion of each assessment.
    • You can complete learning modules customized to help you improve on key concepts. These are updated after each assessment to help you score even higher for your next attempt.

    Math Proficiency Exam

    The math proficiency exam is for students who have completed a college-level math course more than three semesters ago. Students should contact the math department to schedule a proficiency exam for the next math course they need to enroll in for their majors. This can be scheduled here.

    Math Department Review

    Students who have completed a math course but it is not equivalent to an IUPUI math course will need to have the course reviewed by the math department to determine placement. Obtain a copy of the syllabus and contact the math department to schedule the review.

    **Note: If the grade in the course was below a C, a proficiency exam will be required.

  • English Guided Self-Placement
    This placement is required for all students who do not have dual or transfer credit.

    Starting off in the right English course is essential to being successful in your college career. Your first English class is one that will support and challenge you to become a better writer. In lieu of a writing test, you are asked to reflect on your writing experiences using materials that have been prepared. This process is called guided self-placement. This will provide you information regarding our three first-year writing courses and will give you a chance to decide which course would be best for you.

    Click here to begin your English guided self-placement.

    If you are a nonnative English speaker, you will need the English for Academic Purposes placement test. You can find more information about this here.

  • World Language Placement
    This placement is required for liberal arts students.

    This placement test is for students who have experience with or have taken a foreign language in high school. If you plan to start at the introductory level for your selected language, you do not need to take this placement. The online test is currently available in French, German, and Spanish. The score that you receive from this placement will determine which class you are eligible to enroll in. You can find a chart here; it will be approximately three-quarters way down the web page.

    Please click the language you would like to take the world language placement for:

    The Department of World Languages and Cultures also offers ASL, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Latin, and some semesters Italian. If you would like to participate in one of these programs, you can contact the director of the program to set up a one-on-one placement meeting. You can find the contact information for the director of your selected program at this link.

  • Chemistry Placement Exam
    This placement is required for STEM, health sciences, pre-medical, and pre-dental students.

    To evaluate your readiness for college-level chemistry classes, you will need to take our chemistry placement exam. Directing students to courses where they will be better able to succeed is a priority for the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Success in science curricula depends upon matching your level of content expertise to the expectations in the entry-level courses as you transition to study here. Our assessment involves a review of prerequisites, prior chemistry courses, chemistry placement scores, and ALEKS math placement scores. Your conversation with an academic advisor is essential to weigh these various components for the optimum placement. 

    A few things to remember about the chemistry placement exam:

    • You will only have one attempt at this exam.
    • This is a 45-minute, timed placement exam.
    • You will be asked 40 questions.
    • This is an open-book placement test, but you may not receive assistance from any person during the time of the test to ensure accurate results.
    • This exam should be taken on a computer with reliable Internet access; mobile devices or pads/tablets are not suitable for testing.
    • The results from this placement exam are immediate.

    When you are ready to take the placement exam, please follow the instructions below: 

    1. Click this link to access the online chemistry placement exam.
    2. Log in to Canvas.iu.edu with your IU username and passphrase.
    3. Enter the access code "chem4182" when prompted.
    4. Click Enroll in Course.
    5. Click the announcements tab on the left to check for any updates or news.
    6. Begin the test whenever you are ready; please remember the exam is open-book, but you may not have assistance from anyone.