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Math Placement Test
You need to take our math placement test ALEKS PPL. Knowing the current state of your mathematical toolbox is crucial to getting off to the right start at Radford University. PPL stands for “Preparation, Placement, and Learning,” and it will help you to both start in the most appropriate MATH course and also succeed in that course by reviewing topics you have studied before. Plus, if you score high enough, you can satisfy our Foundational Math requirement without taking a Foundational Math course. So, take it seriously!
ALEKS PPL is more than just a test of your current mathematical skillset. Based on your initial assessment, it builds a personalized study plan to help you improve your placement score by getting you to review concepts you may not have used in a while. You may retake the assessment up to four more times to increase your score. Many students increase their scores by five-to-ten points on their second attempt. This review will also help you to succeed in the MATH or STAT class you place into.
You must take the initial assessment before attending Quest so that your academic advisor will be able to help you make the most appropriate fall schedule of classes. You may retake it after Quest and adjust your schedule based on your new higher score.
Transfer students: If you have transfer credits for a MATH course, you are exempt from the requirement to take ALEKS PPL. (Courses in statistics transfer to Radford University as STAT courses, not MATH courses.)
If you have questions about taking our math placement test, please email email@example.com or contact your advisor.
It is important that your score represents your own work and your work alone. In addition to the obvious moral implications, cheating on a math placement test is unwise as it only places you into a course you are unprepared to take. ALEKS PPL is taken in LockDown Browser, a web browser that does not allow other windows to be open, and it uses the remote proctoring system Respondus Monitor. Cheating on ALEKS PPL is a violation of the Radford University honor code, and violations will be reported to the Office of Student Standards and Conduct. Furthermore, you will receive a score of zero on the math placement test, meaning that you must take one of our Foundational Math courses MATH 100, 116, 121, or 125.
Taking ALEKS PPL
If you are blind or visually impaired and have accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, please email firstname.lastname@example.org about taking ALEKS PPL. All other students use the following directions.
You may take ALEKS PPL online at home on your own comptuer using our remote proctoring system, but you also have the opportunity to take it on one of our campus computer labs, either at our main campus in Radford or at the Radford University Carilion campus in Roanoke.
The test is adaptive so that your next question will depend on your answers to your previous questions. You will be asked a maximum of 25 questions, but you may be asked fewer than this. The time limit is 2.5 hours, but you may finish earlier than that.
Test Score Prerequisites
Several courses have prerequisites that incorporate an ALEKS PPL score, but they also have course prerequisites if you do not place into them. You may take a class lower than your placement score allows, but we recommend that you take the highest class that you can place into if you take a MATH course.
A score of 46 on ALEKS PPL establishes Foundational Math competency under the REAL Curriculum. This score does not give you credit for any course, but the Foundational Math degree requirement is satisfied without taking a course.
Some degree programs require MATH 125. If your ALEKS PPL score is high enough to place into a class higher than MATH 125--that is, 61 or greater--contact your advisor or the department offering your program to see if your score can satisfy the degree requirement or if credit for it or higher MATH course is required. Some programs will allow this, but others will not.
|Course||ALEKS PPL Score Prerequisite||Or Course Prerequisite|
|STAT 130 Understanding Statistics in Society||46 or greater||Any MATH course|
|STAT 200 Introduction to Statistics||46 or greater||Any MATH course|
|STAT 219 Statistics for Biology||46 or greater||Any MATH course|
|MATH 126 Business Calculus||61 or greater||C or better in MATH 125|
|MATH 138 Precalculus II||61 or greater||C or better in MATH 125|
|MATH 168 Calculus I with Integrated Precalculus I||61 or greater||C or better in MATH 125|
|CHEM 111 General Chemistry I||61 or greater||CHEM 110|
|MATH 171 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I||76 or greater||C or better in MATH 138|