Math Placement Levels

Beginning in Spring 2022, Shippensburg University is using ALEKS PPL for Math placement testing. Once you complete an ALEKS placement assessment, you will receive a score between 0 and 100. Based on this score, you will achieve one of six Math Placement Levels.

ALEKS Score

Placement Level

Courses

0 to 29

1

Students at Level 1 can take either MAT105 – Math for Liberal Studies or MAT117A – Applied Statistics with Co-Requisite Support to satisfy their Quantitative General Education requirement. Students in majors that eventually require calculus should take MAT117A.

30 to 34

2

Students at Level 2 can take MAT 105 – Math for Liberal StudiesMAT 107 – Mathematical Models Applied to MoneyMAT 110 – Fundamentals of Mathematics I, or MAT 117A – Applied Statistics with Co-Requisite Support. Students should consult their academic advisor to choose the right course for their program of study.

35 to 45

3

Students at Level 3 can take MAT 105 – Math for Liberal StudiesMAT 107 – Mathematical Models Applied to MoneyMAT 110 – Fundamentals of Mathematics IMAT 117B – Applied Statistics B, or MAT140A – College Algebra (4 credits). Students should consult with their academic advisor to choose the right course for their program of study.

46 to 60

4

Students at Level 4 can take any of the Level 3 courses (except for MAT140A), or MAT140B – College Algebra (3 credits). Students should consult with their academic advisor to choose the right course for their program of study.

61 to 75

5

Students at Level 5 can take any of the Level 3 courses (except for College Algebra). Students at this level can also take MAT175 – PrecalculusMAT181 – Applied Calculus, or MAT217 – Statistics I. Students should consult with their academic advisor to choose the right course for their program of study.

76 to 100

6

Students at Level 6 can take any of the Level 5 courses (except for Precalculus). Students at this level can also take MAT211 – Calculus I. Students should consult with their academic advisor to choose the right course for their program of study.

 

Students with higher college testing scores (SAT-M and ACT) will be assigned a placement level between Level 4 and Level 6 without having to complete ALEKS first. If a student feels prepared for a higher-level course, they can enroll in ALEKS and attempt to achieve a higher placement level.