Understanding Your Score

If you score at least 45 points then you are ready for college-level math courses.  The chart below will show you the connection between the score you earned and the course you can take.  Your advisor will help you select the right course for your major. 

Remember, you will not be permitted to take a math course above your readiness level even if you are just one point away.  So if you want to take a higher level course, use the ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules to improve your skills and take the ALEKS placement assessment again.  

Minimum ALEKS Score Courses you are permitted to take
Less than 30 No equivalent course. You cannot register for any math courses. To place in a math course, you must review the content in the Prep and Learning Module. Then retake the placement test and earn a score of 30 or higher to place in a math course.
30-44 MTSC 075 - Introduction to Algebra. This is a pre-college-level course. It provides you with a solid foundation in algebra and the problem-solving skills needed to move comfortably and confidently into college-level courses. Credits earned from this course do not count towards graduation.  You are strongly encouraged to review the content in the Prep and Learning Module.  Then retake the placement test and earn a score of 45 or higher to place into a college-level math course.
45-52 MTSC 110 – College Algebra A. –  This course is equivalent to the first half of MTSC 121 – College Algebra.  You must take MTSC 110 and MTSC 111 - College Algebra B  to earn credit equivalent to MTSC 121.
45-59 MTSC 121 – College Algebra
45-100 MTSC 107 – Math and Data Analysis
45-100 MTSC 105/201 – Mathematics for Teachers I
60-75 MTSC 122 – Trigonometry
60-100 MTSC 241 – Elementary Statistics; or
MTSC 125 – Finite Mathematics
76-100 MTSC 251 – Calculus I; or
MTSC 261 – Calculus for Life Sciences

Your scores are valid for 9 months

Improving Your Score

You may retake the assessment up to four times after using the Prep and Learning Modules to place in the highest math course possible. Most students improve their scores on each subsequent assessment. The fifth placement assessment is the final assessment available to you. To complete a retake, you must wait 48 hours between each placement assessment and spend at least 5 hours using the learning modules. Students who spend at least 15 hours in a learning module show the most improvement in their scores. There is generally no benefit to retaking the assessment immediately after completing a prior attempt. DSU reserves the right to randomly select students to take the placement assessment with a proctor on campus through the University College Testing Services and Programs.