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Placement Tests

Math Placement

The ALEKS placement exam will be required for all incoming freshmen to complete before taking a math course at ISU, regardless of the student's ACT/SAT scores. Please plan on taking the ALEKS at least one week prior to your scheduled Preview date.

Review the Frequently Asked Questions below and the ALEKS PPL website before taking the exam. Once you are ready to take the ALEKS PPL, please click this link.


Frequently Asked Placement Questions

  • Do I have to complete the ALEKS before I reserve my Preview date? No, please reserve your Preview date first and then make sure you've completed the assessment before you come to campus for Preview. Your advisor needs your placement scores on file for proper advisement during Preview.
  • Is there a English or Reading placement exam? No. Only math is required.
  • If I have college level credit through dual credit or community college do I need to take ALEKS? Probably not. Students who have earned dual-credit, AP credit or transfer credit that fulfills their math requirement for their major are not required to take ALEKS PPL. During Preview, your advisor will discuss your appropiate math options for your major. To be sure you recieve credit, make sure to send your transcripts to the Admissions office. If there is any doubt that you will not recieve credit for a community college course or AP exam, please take the ALEKS exam in advance of your Preview date. There is no additional cost to do so.
  • Who can I contact to see if my AP or dual credit courses will transfer to Illinois State? Please call University College Advising at 309-438-7604 for additional assistance.
  • Do I need to make an appointment to take the ALEKS? No. It can be completed from your home computer at your convenience and is self paced. Take your time as the inital assessment can take 90 minutes to complete.
  • Can I use study assistance during the ALEKS exam? NO. It is exceptionally important that you do not use any outside assistance when taking ALEKS PPL. Using outside resources will lead to improper placement and potentially course failure. You don't want to be placed into a math course higher than your ability.
  • Are there study materials to review before taking the ALEKS? No, the ALEKS has built in learning modules students will use to review and refresh their knowledge. Students will have the opportunity to complete the assessment up to 5 times after reviewing the modules.



French, German and Spanish Online Placement Exams

Please Note: The French, German and Spanish Placement tests are not required, but if you have never taken a University-level foreign language class, this is the only way in which you will know if you are prepared for your chosen level. If you do not start in the right level, it is difficult to change levels once the semester has begun. To complete the online readiness test or for more information visit Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

If you have questions regarding the placement exam, please e-mail or call (309) 438-3604.

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