Course Placement

For incoming freshmen placement into math courses is done through the ALEKS Math Placement exam.  If you are continuing student, not an incoming freshman or transfer student please contact the undergraduate studies for assistance:

Placement for incoming Freshman and Transfer Students

The University of Illinois at Chicago requires the UIC Math Placement Exam through ALEKS to assess a student’s prerequisite knowledge for course placement. ALEKS is a powerful artificial-intelligence based assessment tool that zeros in on the strengths and weaknesses of a student’s mathematical knowledge, reports its findings to the student, and then if necessary provides the student with a learning environment for bringing this knowledge up to an appropriate level for course placement.

Math Placement Policy Using
Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS)

All incoming first-year students must complete an online math assessment (exceptions listed in part 2) using ALEKS prior to attending Summer Orientation and Registration. Students are eligible for a maximum of five retakes within six months of creating an ALEKS account before taking a math course at UIC.

After taking the exam ALEKS scores are valid for the following academic year.

Transfer Policy

  1. All transfer students intending to take mathematics at UIC at the Calculus I (Math 180) level or below who do not have math transfer credit awarded must complete an ALEKS assessment prior to registration.
  2. If a student is awarded transfer credit for Pre-Calculus (Math 121) or Calculus (Math 180) by UIC, they are eligible to enroll in any course requiring these courses as a prerequisite without taking the ALEKS Placement Exam.

If you have questions about receiving transfer credit from another college or university and/or how this effects your ability to enroll in Math courses at UIC please contact our Undergraduate Studies staff.

AP Credit Policy

If UIC has received student AP results prior to the student attending the required Freshmen Orientation and the student is awarded AP credit for Calculus I (Math 180), then he or she is still required to take the ALEKS Placement Exam for advising purposes but is eligible to enroll in any course with Math 180 as a prerequisite.

Please consult our AP Credit page for information on what AP scores are required to receive course credit.

Placement in advanced courses

ALEKS scores do not place students at the Calculus II (Math 181) level or above. Students beginning at the Math 181 level or above must satisfy the prerequisite using transfer work, AP credit or UIC proficiency exam.

ALEKS scores required for course enrollment

Every student enrolled in MATH 088, 090, 110, 118, 121, 125, 140, 165, 170, 180, and STAT 101 and 130 is required to obtain a minimum ALEKS placement score by the 5th day of enrollment listed in the table below.

Course Minimum ALEKS percentage to enroll
Math 180 80
Math 170, STAT 130 75
Math 121, 125, 165 60
Math 110, 140, STAT 101 46
Math 110 with Math 109 (concurrent registration) 40
Math 090, 118 30
Math 118 with Math 077 (concurrent registration) or Math 090 with Math 088 (concurrent registration) all lower percentage scores

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