The Math Placement Assessment  ALEKS
Math Placement Information for New First Year Students
First year preSTEM* students should take the free, online ALEKS placement exam, unless they earned a 3 or higher on the AP Calculus Exam or earned credit in a college level precalculus course.
PreSTEM majors include: Astronomy, Biology, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering (all), Environmental Science, Geography: Information Science and Technology, Geography: Water, Climate, and Ecosystems, Geological Sciences, Kinesiology: PrePhysical Therapy, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physical Science, Physics, Statistics.
Fall 2024 Admits  SDSU ALEKS Class Code will be available starting May 1st, 2024
You will login at the ALEKS site. Use the Fall 23  Spring 24 SDSU ALEKS Class Code QAHLAWXTYV.
Fall 2024 Admits  SDSU ALEKS Class Code will be available starting May 1st, 2024

Take the exam as soon as possible and no later than July 1, 2023, to have your score available and be able to register for the correct math class at New Student Orientation.

Your scores will be transmitted to SDSU.

The test remains available after July 1, but having your score early will make registration at New Student Orientation more successful and allow you to schedule the correct classes.

We know AP scores may not be available until early July. You can choose to take ALEKS while you wait for the scores. SDSU will use whichever placement is higher. Instructions for sending your AP scores are part of the Steps to Enroll.
 Yes! You may take ALEKS up to five times. SDSU will use your best score. You may also use the learning modules in ALEKS to practice for your retakes: just 6  15 hours practice can make a difference.
 The ALEKS adaptive learning modules can help you refresh or fill learning gaps to raise your score. Plan to spend 15 hours over a 13 week period to maximize your score.
What does my AP or ALEKS score mean for class registration?
 ALEKS up to 60
 You may consider registering for a more advanced course if you completed Precalculus or Calculus with a B or higher. Use the learning modules in ALEKS and retake the assessment.
 ALEKS 6075 (for most STEM majors)
 ALEKS 6071 (for Biology and related majors)
 You may consider registering for a more advanced course if you completed Precalculus or Calculus with a B or higher. Use the learning modules in ALEKS and retake the assessment.
 ALEKS 72 or higher or
 AP score Calculus AB 3 or higher
 IB Exam Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation, Higher 47 score
 This class is intended for Biology and related majors and is not the recommended course for other majors.
 ALEKS 76 or higher or
 AP score Calculus AB 3 or higher
 IB Exam Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation, Higher 47 score
 If you took the AP Precalculus test and earned a 4 or 5 you are probably ready for Calculus I. You will still need an ALEKS score for registration.
 AP score Calculus AB 4 or 5, or
 AP score Calculus BC 3 or higher
 IB Exam Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches, Higher 47 score
 You cannot place into this class with ALEKS.
 AP score Calculus BC 4 or 5
 You cannot place into this class with ALEKS.
Learn more about the Calculus Pathway and class formats by visiting the Department of Mathematics and Statistics webpage.
Learn more about the courses for your intended major by reviewing the webpage for the major and the MyMap plan for the major.
View University Policies for Academic Credit by Examination (AP and IB scores) in the Catalog.
Is There More I Need to Know?
Some math classes are accompanied by 1unit support courses. Check the catalog for classes with the same course number followed by a letter (A, S, or X).
For some students, based on multiple measures that were part of your application, the CSU recommends enrollment in a supportive cocourse. If this applies to you, it will be indicated at the top of your degree evaluation, as shown below. (New students will be introduced to the degree evaluation at New Student Orientation.)
Information for Continuing Students
 Scores will take 23 days to appear in your student record.
 Make your ALEKS account, use the learning modules, and obtain your score in time to complete your registration goals.
 If you are changing majors or attempting to “jump” a class in the sequence, we recommend you discuss your plans with an advisor.
 Use Navigate to schedule an appointment.
 (Note: Incoming Students will meet with advisors at New Student Orientation and should not attempt to schedule appointments before that time.)
ALEKS scores are visible in Navigate on the page that lists your courses. Test scores are shown at the bottom of the page.
There may be delays in score migration during busy periods, such as new student admission.