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Symbolic and Quantitative Resource Center (SQRC)

Placement: How to interpret your ALEKS Score

What does my score mean?

Your ALEKS score is the percentage of the 314 mathematical topics that you have mastered.  It is not a reflection of how many questions you answered correctly!  The more topics you have mastered, the more math and science courses you are ready for. If your score seems low given your mathematical background, that may be because you haven’t had a recent opportunity to review or practice some of the elementary skills that are important in quantitative courses yet don’t often come up in Precalculus and Calculus courses.  

The Registrar’s office will record your score and Level within a few days after your testing.

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What classes does my score allow me to take?

The table below will help you to determine your placement, based on your score from the ALEKS Placement Exam.


You can register for:

Explanations and Module Suggestions

less than 30 You cannot register for any courses with a math or QR101 prerequisite 
  • You must retake the placement test after reviewing in a learning module.  
  • Choose the Prep for College Algebra learning module.
  • Work on the first four pie slices. You should aim for 60% mastery of the College Algebra ‘pie’ before retaking the assessment. 
30 to 52 QR101
  • You are strongly encouraged to retake the assessment after reviewing in the Prep for PreCalculus learning module. (Using this module does not mean you have to take precalculus!) 
  • QR101 is a prerequisite for all Category B Science and Quantitative Reasoning courses. You must take this course before satisfying the general education requirement unless your ALEKS score is 53% or higher. 
53 to 75 Any course with a prerequisite of “QR101 or equivalent”
  • If you want to register for introductory biology or chemistry classes, then it is strongly recommended that you use the Prep for Calculus learning module to increase your preparation. (An ALEKS score of 61% is recommended for readiness in these classes.)
  • If you want to register for Math 131 Calculus 1, Math 123 Calculus for Life Science Majors, or any other class with a Math 115 prerequisite, then you should work in the Prep for Calculus module and reassess.
Above 75 Math 131: Calculus I, or any course with a prerequisite of Math 115.
  • You may register for Math 131 Calculus I, or any other course with a prerequisite of Math 115 Elementary Functions.
  • Using the Prep for Calculus module to review and prepare is recommended, and will contribute to your success in these courses.
  • If you have already taken Calculus, and are ready to move on to Calculus II or beyond, see Placement.

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What if I want to take a course at a higher level?

Activate your learning module, work through the lessons and problems, and try the test again! See here for the next opportunity. 

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Which learning module should I choose?

You can only choose ONE module to work in before retaking the placement test.  You cannot change this choice after it has been made!  ALEKS will recommend a module for you based on your score; however, you may choose a higher level module if you want to learn and review the material necessary to place into a higher level class. 

If you want to take …… 

QR101 or a Perspectives course,
or a statistics course without a math prerequisite
Use the College Algebra Module 
Math 115, a lab science course, or astronomy (Phys 105) Use the PreCalculus Module 
Calculus or any other course with Math 115 as a prerequisite Use the Calculus Module 





We strongly advise that you to spend 45-60 minutes per day in the modules for 1-2 weeks before retesting.  This has been a proven formula for success!   Incoming students are required to spend 8 hours in the module before retesting, but 10-12 hours is recommended.  

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If I’m happy with my placement do I need to use a learning module?

If you scored under a 30%, you must retest. Otherwise, you’re not required to. You are strongly encouraged to use a module and retest if you have scored under a 53%.  The only students who should sign up for QR101 are those who have used the learning modules for at least 8 hours, and retested, and did not achieve a mastery level of 53% or above. 

However, you will be more successful in all of these courses if your ALEKS scores are better than the minimum required. So even if you have placed into the class you want to take, we encourage you to continue to use the appropriate learning modules to review and deepen your preparation for your classes!

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Symbolic and Quantitative Resource Center (SQRC)

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    Symbolic and Quantitative Resource Center is located in room 134 of JR Howard on the Undergraduate Campus.


    Director: Emily O’Sullivan

    Symbolic and Quantitative Resource Center

    • Symbolic and Quantitative Resource Center Lewis & Clark 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road MSC 110 Portland OR 97219