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Placement Exam (ALEKS) for Mathematics and General Chemistry


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

Math Information

General Chemistry Information

Taking the Exam

MATH (ALGEBRA/PRECALCULUS/CALCULUS) INFORMATION

Are you pre-health or does your major require:

  • MAC 1105 --- Basic College Algebra (3 credits)
  • MAC 1140 --- Precalculus Algebra (3 credits) --- the sequence MAC 1140 --- Precalculus Algebra (3 credits) and MAC 1114 Trigonometry (2 credits) covers the same material as MAC 1147, but at a slower pace.
  • MAC 1147 --- Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry (4 credits) --- a fast-paced review of both areas
  • MAC 2233 --- Survey of Calculus 1 (3 credits)
  • MAC 2311 --- Analytical Geometry and Calculus 1 (4 credits)--- recommended for pre-health students, regardless of major

The math course(s) you take will depend on what your major requires (or if you are pre-health), what your ALEKS placement score is, and whether you have incoming math credit.

To determine which math course (if any) is required for a major, please check the requirements for that major. If your major requires MAC 2234 or MAC 2312 or higher, you must have credit for the prerequisite course. If you have credit via AP, consult the AP Scores for Calculus placement table. If not, consult with an academic advisor.

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.

  1. If your major requires no particular math course, you may take Gen Ed math courses such as MGF 1106 or MGF 1107 without completing the ALEKS placement.
  2. If you are required to take one of the Math courses listed above and don't have incoming credit, take the ALEKS placement exam. A valid ALEKS score is required in order to register for these courses.
  3. If you have incoming math credit, you may use that as placement into Math courses at UF if the credit appears on your UF transcript or you provide proof of credit. However, the ALEKS placement is the best predictor of success in UF MAC courses, so even if you have credit you are strongly encouraged to take ALEKS. Taking ALEKS will assess your current knowledge base and its fit with the UF curriculum.

It can be helpful to take a lower course or even retake a MAC course to strengthen your foundation before moving to a higher class. Your ALEKS score can help assess your current preparation. You can discuss this with your academic advisor.

Placement via ALEKs score

If your major requires MAC 1105, MAC 1140, MAC 1147, or MAC2311 (or you are pre-health):
ALEKS Score The first course listed in bold is the course you should begin with:
0 - 34% MAC 1105 → MAC 1140 → MAC 1114 → MAC 2311
35 - 49% MAC 1140 → MAC 1114 → MAC 2311
50 - 74% MAC 1147 → MAC 2311
75 and above MAC 2311*

If your major requires MAC 2233:
ALEKS Score The first course listed in bold is the course you should begin with:
0 - 34% MAC 1105 → MAC 1140 → MAC 2233
35 - 49% MAC 1140 → MAC 2233
50 and above MAC 2233*

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

Placement via Incoming Credit

If you have earned credit for, or are registered for and are on track to successfully complete with a minimum grade of C or better:

  • MAC 1105 --- you may take MAC 1140 (if needed)
  • MAC 1140 --- you may take MAC 1114 or MAC 2233 (if needed)
  • MAC 1147 (or MAC 1140 and MAC 1114) --- you may take MAC 2311 (if needed) --- credit must be in progress at UF, completed and on your UF transcript or provide proof of credit.

AICE, AP or IB exam credit: Refer to award of incoming credits information to see the courses for which you will earn credit. For courses through MAC 2311, ALEKS is still the best predictor of your success in MAC courses at UF.

Transfer credit: Earning the minimum grades in the prerequisite courses or credit by exam does not guarantee success in the next math course. The Department of Mathematics encourages you to take the ALEKS exam even if you have credit for a MAC course. Quite often, your skills may need review and your placement assessment can provide information and specific areas for additional study.

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 Student Self-Service 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 Student Self-Service 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

It is important that take ALEKS when you have time to concentrate, follow the instructions to the letter and then get placed by your score.

  • 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 most UF math courses.
  • Plan ahead. Allow for at least 90 minutes of uninterrupted time, and be sure to have pencils and some scratch paper on hand.
  • You must logon through Student Self-Service to take the test and to ensure that your score is applied to your official student record.
  • 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.

  • 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.