Understanding Math Placement

At Albion, many programs require at least one math class. It is best for you to start in a math class that is at the right level for you. In order to determine the right starting math class for you, we use the ALEKS online placement and learning suite.

Dates & Deadlines

Incoming Students

  • March 11 - Math placement opens for incoming students

  • May 6 - First ALEKS assessment complete

  • May 13 - Second ALEKS assessment complete (if needed)

  • May 20 - Third ALEKS assessment complete (if needed)

  • June 1 - All ALEKS assessments completed

  • June 21 - SOAR 1

  • June 24 - SOAR 2

  • June 26 - SOAR 3

If you can't meet the above dates just complete the assessment and retakes as soon as you can.


  • The ALEKS suite covers material from basic mathematics through College Algebra and Trigonometry.

  • The placement and learning suite includes the initial assessment, 6 months of access to online Prep and Learning modules, and up to four additional assessments.

  • If your initial assessment score is not high enough to place you into the math class that is needed for your program, you will use the Prep and Learning modules assigned in ALEKS to practice and prepare for a retake of the assessment.

  • You must accumulate at least 3 hours of work in the modules in order to attempt another assessment, and at least 48 hours must elapse between assessments.

  • Many students will want to take two or three assessments, with study time in-between.

  • The highest score earned by June 1st will be used to determine your math placement. Scores that come in after June 1st will be considered for your math placement, but may not impact your fall schedule.

  • Set aside 90 minutes to complete each assessment. You may exit an assessment and complete it later as long as it is completed within 48 hours of starting.

  • No outside aids, such as graphing calculator, notes, books, Internet, etc. are allowed on the placement assessments.

  • Your placement assessment is only used to determine your placement into your first math class at Albion. You do not earn credit for any class nor "test out" of any math requirements of your chosen major based on your placement test result.