Calculus Placement Evaluation

Any student who wants to take MATH 425, Calculus I, MUST Meet the prerequisite by either:
  • a grade of C or better in MATH 418, Analysis & Applications of Functions
  • a score of 4 or better on the AP Calculus AB exam
  • a score of 3 or better on the AP Calculus BC exam
  • or a qualifying score on the ALEKS PPL Mathematics Placement Assessment.

Students arrive with a wide range of mathematical skills based upon their high school experience. A solid mathematics foundation is important for students to enjoy an enriched first-semester experience, and be adequately prepared for success in their program. Students take the ALEKS PPL Placement Assessment to determine course which is the best fit for their academic development.

Students enroll in a mathematics class based on their score. Therefore, it is important to take the placement assessment early in the testing period, and do your very best the first time you take it.

Upon completion of the first ALEKS placement assessment, students are assigned an appropriate "Prep and Learning Module" by ALEKS. After spending at least five hours in the Prep and Learning Module and waiting 72 hours, students may choose to take the placement assessment again to improve their score. 

The initial mathematics entry course is MATH 418 Analysis and Applications of Functions. Students who demonstrate a certain level of proficiency in algebra and precalculus through the ALEKS Placement Assessment are enrolled in MATH 425 Calculus I.

Any student who has taken MATH 418 but did not earned a grade of C or better may NOT take the ALEKS PPL Placement Assessment as a means of entrance into MATH 425.

ALEKS placement test for Calculus I (MATH 425) details:

Incoming first-year CEPS students who plan to enroll in MATH 425 in the fall 2019 semester, please visit the Univeristy Sponsored MATH 425 Placement page.

Incoming first-year COLA students intending to transfer into CEPS, who plan on enrolling in MATH 425 in the fall 2019, please visit the Univeristy Sponsored MATH 425 Placement page.

All other students intending to take MATH 425 in the Spring  semester, please visit the MATH 425 Placement page.