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Math Department Placement Exam

General Information

Any CSUEB student who

  1. has satisfied the Entry Level Math (ELM) requirement AND
  2. wants to bypass the course prerequisites and enroll directly in one of the following:
    • Trigonometry and Analysis Geometry (Math 1300)
    • Calculus I (Math 1304)
    • Math for Business and Social Sciences (Math 1810)

NOTES

  • Students who have a score of 600 or higher in the mathematics section of the SAT I Test OR a score of 26 or higher on the American College Testing (ACT) Mathematics Test are eligible to enroll directly in Math 1300 OR Math 1304 OR Math 1810 and do not need to complete the Math Department Placement Exam.
  • Students who have received a score of 3 or higher on the AB Advanced Placement Calculus exam are eligible to enroll directly in Calculus II (Math 1305) and do not have to take the Math Placement Exam. A passing grade in high school calculus is not sufficient.
  • Students who have satisfied the Entry Level Math (ELM) requirement and wish to enroll directly in College Algebra (Math 1130) or Nature of Math (Math 1110) do not need to take the Math Placement Exam.
  • If you are not sure what math class you need to take, consult an advisor or the degree plan for your intended major.

The Math Department Placement Test is administered through an online tool called ALEKS PPL (Preparation, Placement and Learning). ALEKS consists of three parts:

  • The Prep and Learning Module, an individualed, self-paced online review
  • Access to one practice Placement Assessment and four Placement Assessments (as needed). The final two placement assessments, if needed, must be proctored at the CSUEB Testing Office. There is a $25 proctor fee to access each proctored Placement Assessment. You will have 2 hours for each Placement Assessment.

For general information about ALEKS PPL, go to www.aleks.com/highered/math/ppl.

Be honest. It is important that the Placement Assessments are taken seriously and that you give it an honest effort so that the Placement Assessment truly reflects your current level of knowledge and math preparedness. There is no benefit to cheating on the Placement Assessment – the only result will be that you enroll in a class that is too difficult, or not challenging enough, potentially costing time and money. Therefore, while taking the Placement Assessment, you should not consult any outside sources for help (friends/family, internet searches, textbooks, notes etc...). The purpose of the Placement Assessment is to give an accurate measure of your current mathematical knowledge state so that you will be successful in your mathematics courses. CSUEB’s statement on Academic Dishonesty.

  • FOR FIRST TIME FRESHMAN PRIOR TO FALL QUARTER
  1. Go to this ALEKS Course Link and follow the steps to create an account and begin your placement process. If you are blind or visually impaired, please contact the Department of Mathematics at 510-885-3434 so we may assist you with the accessibility of this program. You will need your CSUEB NetID and Horizon email address in order to register. There is a $25 fee paid directly to ALEKS that will give you an account with a six-­month license.
  2. Take an initial practice Placement Assessment (2 hour limit, code MATHPLF2017). To locate the Placement Assessment you toggle to “Placement” in the upper right hand of the ALEKS PPL screen. This Placement Assessment will not count for placement, it is for practice only. ALEKS PPL will update the chart showing your strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Use the learning modules to strengthen your understanding of challenging topics (5 hour minimum).
  4. Take another Placement Assessment (2 hour limit, code MATHPLF2017). If you achieve a score of 78 or higher you can register for Calculus I (Math 1304); if you achieve a score of 63 or higher you can register for Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry (Math 1300) or Math for Business and Social Sciences (Math 1810). If you did not achieve a satisfactory score, continue to step (5).
  5. Use the learning modules to strengthen your understanding of challenging topics (5 hour minimum).
  6. Take another Placement Assessment (2 hour limit, code MATHPLF2017). If you achieve a score of 78 or higher you can register for Calculus I (Math 1304 at CSUEB); if you achieve a score of 63 or higher you can register for Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry (Math 1300 at CSUEB) or Math for Business and Social Sciences (Math 1810 at CSUEB). If you did not achieve a satisfactory score, continue to step (7).
  7. Use the learning modules to strengthen your understanding of challenging topics (5 hour minimum).
  8. Register for a Proctored exam date at the CSUEB Testing Office website. There is a $25 proctor fee. If you achieve a score of 78 or higher you can register for Calculus I (Math 1304); if you achieve a score of 63 or higher you can register for Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry (Math 1300) or Math for Business and Social Sciences (Math 1810). If you did not achieve a satisfactory score, you can return to steps (7) and (8) one more time.
  • FOR ALL TRANSFER STUDENTS OR FRESHMAN AFTER THE WEEK PRIOR TO THE START OF FALL QUARTER
  1. Go to this ALEKS Course Link and follow the steps to create an account and begin your placement process. If you are blind or visually impaired, please contact the Department of Mathematics at 510-885-3434 so we may assist you with the accessibility of this program. You will need your CSUEB NetID and Horizon email address in order to register. There is a $25 fee paid directly to ALEKS that will give you an account with a six-­month license.
  2. Take an initial practice Placement Assessment (2 hour limit, code MATHPLF2017). To locate the Placement Assessment you toggle to “Placement” in the upper right hand of the ALEKS PPL screen. This Placement Assessment will not count for placement, it is for practice only. ALEKS PPL will update the chart showing your strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Use the learning modules to strengthen your understanding of challenging topics (5 hour minimum).
  4. Register for a Proctored exam date at the CSUEB Testing Office website. There is a $25 proctor fee. If you achieve a score of 78 or higher you can register for Calculus I (Math 1304); if you achieve a score of 63 or higher you can register for Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry (Math 1300) or Math for Business and Social Sciences (Math 1810).
  5. If you did not achieve a satisfactory score, you can return to steps (3) and (4) three more times for a total of 4 proctored exams.

A score of 78 or higher qualifies you to enroll in Calculus I (Math 1304)

A score of 63 or higher qualifies you to enroll in Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry (Math 1300) or Math for Business and Social Sciences (Math 1810).

Your score is valid for one year from the test date. If you take your 4th or 5th Placement Assessment outside of the CSUEB Testing Office, your placement score will not be valid.

  • Placement Exam Results must be complete at least 5 days prior to the first day of instruction.
  • It is strongly recommended that you complete the Math Placement Exam prior to your attendance at New Student Orientation so you will have the results before your registration date.
  • Proctored Math Placement Exam Dates can be found at the CSUEB Testing Office website.
  • Exam scores are valid for one year from test date.
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