Mathematics Placement

The purpose of placement criteria is to maximize student success in beginning mathematics courses by placing the student in a course at an appropriate level. We do not want students to take a course that is too hard for them or a course that they have already mastered. 

Almost all undergraduate students need an official mathematics placement exam score .  New students with ACT or SAT scores will have an assigned MPE score based on their performance on the math portion of the test.  If students believe this placement is inaccurate, then they should take the MPE as soon as possible. All other new students, including transfer students, must take the MPE during the first semester of residence and before taking any mathematics courses, subject to a few exceptions.

To get started, go to, click on Sign Up Now! and enter the 2024 course code CNAJX-6PEDE. The cost for both assessments and preparation module access is about $20. CAUTION: Please learn to use the calculator provided within ALEKS (and no other) while preparing and taking the placement assessment.

For more information, including guidance on which learning module to choose, see this summary document. 

For even more details, see the ALEKS PPL guide.

Information for academic advisors.

Information for incoming students.

Information for transfer students. (Flowchart)

Schedule and sign up for the exam.


Taking the MPE promptly upon enrolling at Andrews is EXTREMELY important, and scoring well is also advantageous. Some students find that they need up to three semesters to complete their mathematics requirement, so students should not put off taking the test or completing the required mathematics classes. This is information no one wants to discover in his/her senior year!