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Mathematics Placement: Cutoff Scores and Placement Messages for 2016-2017

ALEKS “Placement, Preparation, and Learning” (ALEKS PPL) uses adaptive, open-response questioning to rapidly and accurately assess each student in 30 questions or less. Students are correctly placed and given the opportunity to improve their placement with targeted learning with up to 6 months of access to the Prep and Learning Module. The ALEKS PPL placement policies below apply to all students entering Illinois in Summer 2016, Fall 2016, or Spring 2017.

All new freshmen are required to take the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam prior to registration, even if you are expecting AP or IB course proficiency credit.

All transfer students who intend to enroll in a Calculus I or lower-level math class are also required to take the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam. If you are transferring to Urbana with math credit earned elsewhere, you should check with your college to verify what other math courses, if any, your program requires. Click here for information about what your college expects you to complete.

Within four months of taking ALEKS PPL , students must enroll in the course that they place into. If you do not enroll in and complete the recommended course in the semester after taking ALEKS PPL , you will have to take the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam again at your own expense in order to obtain an updated course placement. Click here to learn more about ALEKS PPL and about the Math Department's expectations.

The ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam does not award proficiency credit. Click here for information about the Math Proficiency Exams.

Questions? Contact Measurement & Evaluation by emailing pnp@illinois.edu or by calling 217-244-4437 during business hours.

 

NOTE TO STUDENTS WHO EARNED ADVANCED PLACEMENT OR INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE CREDIT:

You will have more options than students who did not take AP or IB. You may accept your test-based credit and follow the placement recommendation that is based on your AP or IB score, or you may decline your test-based credit and enroll in the actual course. Please discuss your course enrollment options with your academic advisor, who will guide you through your particular program's requirements. Duplicate credit is not permitted.


 

ALEKS PPL Math Score

Admission College

Placement Message

0 - 19 All colleges Remediation is recommended before Math 112, which is a prerequisite for all other Math courses.
20 - 49 AHS, DGS, EDU, FAA, LAS, MEDIA, SSW If calculus is needed, remediation is recommended before Math 112. If calculus is not needed, Math 181 is appropriate.
ACES, BUS, ENG Remediation is recommended before Math 112, which is a prerequisite for all other Math courses.
50 - 64 ACES Math 112 before Math 124 or Math 234. If Math 220 is needed, take Math 112 followed by Math 115 before Math 220.
AHS, DGS, FAA, LAS, MEDIA, SSW If calculus is needed, take Math 112 before Math 234, or Math 112 followed by Math 115 before Math 220. If calculus is not needed, Math 119 or 181 is appropriate.
BUS Math 112 before Math 125 or Math 234. If Math 220 is needed, take Math 112 followed by Math 115 before Math 220.
EDU If calculus is needed, take Math 112 before Math 234, or Math 112 followed by Math 115 before Math 220. If calculus is not needed, Math 103, 117, 119, or 181 is appropriate.
ENG Take Math 112 followed by Math 115 before Math 220.
65 - 79 ACES Math 124 or Math 234; Take Math 115 before Math 220
AHS, DGS, FAA, LAS, MEDIA, SSW If Math 220 is needed, take Math 115 before Math 220. If Math 220 is not needed, Math 119, 124, 181, or 234 is appropriate.
BUS If Math 220 is needed, take Math 115 before Math 220. If Math 220 is not needed, Math 125 or 234 is appropriate.
EDU If Math 220 is needed, take Math 115 before Math 220. If Math 220 is not needed, Math 103, 117, 119, 124, 181, or 234 is appropriate.
ENG Take Math 115 before 220.
80 - 100 ACES, AHS, DGS, FAA, LAS, MEDIA, SSW Math 220 if less than a year of calculus in high school; Math 221 if a year of calculus in high school; Math 234; or any 100-level math course. With AP or IB credit, higher courses may be appropriate.
BUS Math 125 or 234; any 100-level math course; Math 220 if less than a year of calculus in high school; Math 221 if a year of calculus in high school. With AP or IB credit, higher courses may be appropriate.
EDU Math 103, 117, 119, 181; a 100-level course; Math 234; Math 220 if less than a year of calculus in high school; Math 221 if a year of calculus in high school. With AP or IB credit, higher courses may be appropriate.
ENG Math 220 if less than a year of calculus in high school; Math 221 if a year of calculus in high school. With AP or IB credit, higher courses may be appropriate.