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This test is only for first-year and transfer students who are about to start their first semester at VCU in
If you have already completed or started any course at VCU and need a math
placement score, you must instead take the ALEKS Placement Test.
The purpose of this test is to measure your current math skill to place you into
an appropriate course.
This test does not award credit or exempt you from
a math requirement.
There are two parts of the test: Algebra and Trigonometry. If your Algebra score is high enough, you will continue to the Trigonometry part.
There is also an optional practice test available that you may take before starting
You may take this test only once.
Each part of the test will end 75 minutes after you start it. You may not pause the
timer. Make sure you are prepared to take the test for 75 minutes without interruption
before starting. The average time students have taken
to complete each part is about 45 minutes.
Make sure you are on a reliable internet connection. Close all other programs
computer. Close all other browser windows and tabs.
You may not re-take this test for any reason. If you have
any trouble that prevents you from finishing the test or you are unhappy with your placement, you may take the ALEKS Placement Test on campus.
If you have a problem with your computer or internet connection after you start
the test, you may exit and re-enter the test on the same computer or on another
computer within 75 minutes of starting.
Each part of the test will end 75 minutes after you start it.
You are on your honor when taking the test. You may use paper and pencil to
work the problems, as well as a scientific or graphing calculator as long as it
doesn't have a symbolic algebra system.
You should not receive help from others, or use
books or other resources such as web sites for help.
If you place into a course that is beyond your ability, you'll earn low grades or
have to withdraw.
This test does not award credit or
exempt you from a math requirement.