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Placement Exam (ALEKS) for Precalculus, Calculus and General Chemistry


The ALEKS Placement exam is used for placement in precalculus, calculus and general chemistry. You only need to take this one exam for placement.

Precalculus Information

Eligibilty for Registration in Precalculus

Calculus Information

Eligibility for Registration in Calculus

If You are Not Eligible to Register for Calculus

General Chemistry Information

Eligibility for Registration in General Chemistry

If You are Not Eligible to Register for General Chemistry

Taking the Exam


PRECALCULUS INFORMATION

Precalculus is offered in two different formats:

    • MAC 1147 (Precalculus Algebra and Trig), a four-credit fast-paced review of both areas, or
    • MAC 1140 (Precalculus Algebra), 3 credits, and then MAC 1114 (Precalculus Trigonometry), 2 credits. This sequence covers the same material as MAC 1147 at a slower pace.

Eligibilty for Registration in Precalculus

Use your ALEKS score to determine which precalculus course is best for you:

    • To register for MAC 1147, you should have an ALEKS score of at least 50%.
    • To register for MAC 1140, you should have an ALEKS score of at least 35%.
    • If you score below 35% on the ALEKS, register for MAC 1105 (Basic College Algebra), then take MAC 1140, and then take MAC 1114.

CALCULUS INFORMATION

There are two kinds of Calculus 1 courses: MAC 2233 Survey of Calculus 1 and MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1.

    • To determine which calculus course (if either) is required for a major, please check the requirements for that major. Some graduate programs in the health professions such as pharmacy, optometry and veterinary medicine may require Calculus as a pre-requisite to admission. You may consult the Pre-Health Pre-Requisite Course Chart on the pre-health website for more information on the profession you plan to pursue.

Eligibility for Registration in Calculus

To make sure that you are adequately prepared for college level Calculus, you must meet a precalculus prerequisite before you can enroll. You are eligible to register for a Calculus course if you either:

1. Have earned credit for, or are registered for and are on track to successfully complete, the prerequisite precalculus coursework at the college level:

    • To register for MAC 2233, you must successfully complete MAC 1140 with a minimum grade of C.
    • To register for MAC 2311, you must successfully complete MAC 1147 -or- MAC 1140 and 1114 with minimum grades of C.
    • If you have AICE, AP or IB exam credit, refer to information award of incoming credits to see the courses for which you will earn credit.
      Earning the minimum grades in the prerequisite courses or credit by exam does not guarantee success in Calculus. You should discuss with an advisor whether to retake courses to better prepare for success in Calculus, especially if you have not taken precalculus or calculus in recent semesters.
      The Department of Mathematics encourages you to take the ALEKS exam even if you have met one of the prerequisites for MAC 2233 or MAC 2311. Quite often, your algebra and trigonometry skills may need review and your placement assessment can provide information and specific areas for additional study.

2. OR successfully complete the online placement exam, ALEKS.

    Your ALEKS score is the first step in identifying the MAC course(s) in which you are most likely to be successful.
    • If you have a minimum ALEKS score of 50% or higher, you may enroll in MAC 2233.
    • If you have a minimum ALEKS score of 75% or higher, you may enroll in MAC 2311.
    • Even if you place into MAC 2233 or 2311 with an ALEKS score, you will need to discuss with your advisor whether this is the best course for you, based on a number of factors that together are used to predict success in calculus.

If You are Not Eligible to Register for MAC 2233 or MAC 2311, there are three options.

    Option 1: You can take one of the prerequisite courses.
    • If you are preparing for MAC 2233, you should take MAC 1140. To take MAC 1140, you should achieve an ALEKS score of 35%; if your score is below 35% you should begin with MAC 1105.
    • If you are preparing for MAC 2311, you should take Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry. To take MAC 1147, you should achieve an ALEKS score of 50%; if your score is between 35% and 50% you should enroll in MAC 1140 and then in MAC 1114. If your score is below 35% you should begin with MAC 1105.
    Option 2: You can refresh your algebra-trig skills with six weeks of ALEKS remediation access at a cost of $30. However, if you earned less than a B in your precalculus courses or it has been more than a few months since you took them, you may need a more substantial review of precalculus to succeed in introductory calculus at the college level. A better choice may be to take precalculus at UF. If you complete the remediation, you must still earn the minimum required score on ALEKS to be eligible to register.

    Option 3: You can retake the placement exam without doing any serious review and attempt to earn the minimum required score (75% for MAC2311, 50% for MAC2233). This is not recommended, since most students who have taken ALEKS more than once without significant additional preparation do not do well in Calculus.

    ALEKS score cutoffs are rigidly enforced for students who do not meet any other prerequisite for MAC 2233 or MAC 2311.

    The math placement exam costs $10 each time you take it and the charge will be billed to your UF account. Logon through ISIS to take the exam and to ensure that your score is applied to your official student record.

    You can access your placement scores from the ISIS left menu by going to My Record > Test Scores. Scores are uploaded overnight, although it may take longer if you took the test on a weekend or holiday. You can take the exam only once every 24 hours.

GENERAL CHEMISTRY INFORMATION

There are two kinds of General Chemistry courses: CHM2045, General Chemistry 1 and CHM2095, General Chemistry 1 for Engineers.

To determine whether a general chemistry course (if either) is required for a major, please check the requirements for that major.

You will be eligible to register for a General Chemistry course if you either:

1. Have earned credit for, or are registered for and are on track to successfully complete, the prerequisite coursework at the college level:

    • To register for CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, you must successfully complete both MAC 1147 (or MAC 1140 and MAC 1114) and CHM 1025 with minimum grades of C.
    • If you have AICE, AP or IB exam credit, refer to information about award of incoming credits to see the courses for which you will earn credit.
    • Earning the minimum grades in the prerequisite courses or credit by exam does not does not guarantee success in General Chemistry.You should discuss with an advisor whether to retake courses to better prepare for success in General Chemistry.

      The Department of Chemistry encourages you to take the ALEKS exam even if you have met the prerequisites for General Chemistry. Quite often, your algebra and trigonometry skills may need review and your placement assessment can provide information and specific areas for additional study.

2. OR successfully complete the online placement exam, ALEKS.

    Your ALEKS score is the first step in identifying the CHM course(s) in which you are most likely to be successful.
    • If you have a minimum ALEKS score of 75% or higher, you may enroll in CHM 2045 (or CHM 2095 if you are in an Engineering major that requires two semesters of General Chemistry).
    • Even if you place into CHM 2045 or CHM 2095 with an ALEKS score, you will need to discuss with your advisor whether this is the best course for you, based on a number of factors that together are used to predict success in this course.

If you are not eligible to register for CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, there are three options.

    Option 1: You can take the prerequisite courses.
    • You will need to successfully complete CHM1025 and MAC1147 (or MAC1140 and MAC1114) in order to take CHM2045.
    • To take MAC 1147, you should achieve an ALEKS score of 50%; if your score is between 35% and 50% you should enroll in MAC 1140 and then in MAC 1114. If your score is below 35% you should begin with MAC 1105.
    Option 2: You can refresh your algebra-trig skills with six weeks of ALEKS remediation access at a cost of $30. If you have earned less than a B in the precalculus courses or it has been more than a few months since you took them, you may need a more substantial review of precalculus to succeed in general chemistry at the college level. A better choice may be to take precalculus and intro to chemistry at UF. If you complete the remediation, you must still earn the minimum required score on ALEKS to be eligible to register.

    Option 3: You can retake the placement exam without doing any serious review and attempt to earn the minimum required score. This is not recommended, since most students who have taken ALEKS more than once without significant additional preparation do not do well in General Chemistry.


    The ALEKS placement exam costs $10 each time you take it and the charge will be billed to your UF account. Logon through ISIS to take the exam and to ensure that your score is applied to your official student record.


    You can access your placement scores from the ISIS left menu by going to My Record > Test Scores. Scores are uploaded overnight, although it may take longer if you took the test on a weekend or holiday. You can take the exam only once every 24 hours.

Taking the Exam

    • This exam is to be taken without the use of a calculator or other aids. Your answers should be based solely on your own knowledge. Calculators are not permitted in MAC 2311 and MAC 2233.
    • Take the time you need to answer each question. Although there is no time limit, the system measures the time it takes you to answer each question and will use this information to determine the next question.
    • Because the placement exam adapts to your responses, the number of questions will vary from 20-35.
    • You may be asked questions on material you have not yet learned. If this should happen, the appropriate answer is "I don't know." When you are familiar with the material, however, it is important to do your best, for the system will interpret an "I don't know" response to mean "I do not know the topic," and this will be reflected in the assessment. Therefore, if you do not do your best, your final assessment may underestimate your level of knowledge.
    • You must logon through ISIS to take the test and to ensure that your score is applied to your official student record.
    • Plan ahead. Allow for at least 90 minutes of uninterrupted time, and be sure to have pencils and some scratch paper on hand.
    • Log on to ALEKS.
      ALEKS will require you to install a plug-in; you will be prompted to do this when you log on. After you install the ALEKS plug-in, you must reboot (restart) your computer. Additional technical assistance.