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ALEKS Math Placement Information

A Message about Math Placement to Students (and Parents)

Resources for New Students ONLY

Resources for Returning Students

Dear Students,

Placement is not about skipping courses. The purpose of the ALEKS math placement assessment is to give an accurate measure of your current mathematical skills, so you will be placed in a math course where you have a greater chance to be successful. It is important that you take the assessment seriously and give it an honest effort, so your assessment truly reflects your level of knowledge and math preparedness.

College courses are vastly different from high school courses. They have about half the instructional time and will likely cover the material in greater depth and faster pace than the high school class.

  • High School Course: 90 min classes, 5 days per week = 450 minutes of weekly instruction
  • College Course: 50-75 min classes, 3-4 days per week = 150-225 minutes of weekly instruction

BOTTOM LINE: When you attempt a course for which you do not have the prerequisite skills it can delay graduation, negatively impact your GPA, and you risk losing scholarships. Our primary goal with math placement at The College of Charleston is to ensure academic success for all students.

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