Loyola University Chicago

Mathematics and Statistics

Placement

Math Placement at Loyola

You need a math placement only if your program of study includes MATH 117, MATH 118, MATH 131 or MATH 161, either as required course work or a prerequisite. You do not need a math placement if you only intend to take MATH108 or STAT103 to satisfy Loyola's Quantitative Analysis core requirement. If you are unsure if you need a math placement, please contact fsyadvising@luc.edu.

Students must have a math placement using one of the methods below before they will be allowed to register for a calculus I class (MATH131 or MATH161) or a precalculus class (MATH100, MATH117 or MATH118).

Math placement can be accomplished in four ways:

  1. Submit ACT or SAT scores.
  2. Submit AP calculus and/or IB Math HL scores.
  3. Take the ALEKS math placement assessment.
  4. Use final high school calculus and precalclus grades from within the last 2 years. This option can only be used if you have received at least a B- in a high school calculus or precalculus class, and your official transcript has been submitted to Loyola. If you meet these requirements, you may request this option using this form.  You will need your Loyola email address and LOCUS password.

If more than one exam score applies, then you receive the higher placement. If you are registering before Loyola has received final high school transcripts, you must place using one of the other methods. You may later request a new placement based on your final high school grades.

Depending on your major, starting in MATH 100 may delay your path to graduating in four years.  It is of course important to start in a class where you are ready to succeed, but it is also important to keep on track for graduation. Please check the requirements for your degree.

You may take the ALEKS placement as often as you like, but only until the end of the first week of your math class. After that you are locked into that class and you cannot retake ALEKS.  You may take ALEKS a total of five times at no cost.  If you wish to retake ALEKS after a fifth attempt, you must contact PlacementTest@luc.edu and pay a fee. After your first attempt, ALEKS creates learning modules to help you study.

If you do not know in which math course you need to enroll, you can review the web pages of your major or program, check your Student Portal, or consult with your Orientation Academic Advisor.

Here are the details of how the different criteria give placements.

ACT Math subscore

SAT-R Math subscore (after 3/1/2016)

0–23: MATH 100

24–25: MATH 117

26: MATH 118

27–36: MATH 131 or MATH 161

0 - 560: MATH 100

570–600: MATH 117

610–620: MATH 118

630–800: MATH 131 or MATH 161

AP Calculus AB or BC SAT II, Math 1C or
SAT Math Level 1 Subject Test
SAT II, Math 2C or
SAT Math Level 2 Subject Test

1: MATH 100
2: MATH 118
3: MATH 131 or MATH 161
4 or 5 on AB: MATH 161 credit; take MATH 162 or 132
4 or 5 on BC: MATH 161 and 162 credit. Many options

For important infromation, please see AP Calculus credit.

200–534: MATH 100
535–634: MATH 117
635–800: MATH 118
200–534: MATH 100
535–634: MATH 118
635–800: MATH 161
IB Math HL

6-7: MATH 161 credit; take MATH 162 or 132

 

Placement based on the ALEKS placement assessment.  Read the MPA instructions on how to take ALEKS.

MPA score

0 - 44: MATH 100

45 - 59: MATH 117

60 - 74: MATH 118

75 - 100: MATH 131 or 161

Placement based on high school grades from within the last 2 years:

A in high school calculus: MATH131 or MATH161

B in high school calculus: MATH118

A or B in high school precalculus: MATH 117

No high school calculus or precalculus or a grade below B-: MATH100

An “A” in calculus includes a grade of A- or above as final grade in a high school calculus class. This does not have to be AP calculus, but it should cover all standard topics in differential calculus. A “B” includes a B- or above.

A precalculus class should be a class intended as the final prerequisite class before calculus.

If you do not know if you need one of these math courses or which math course you need to enroll in, review the web pages of your major or program, check your Student Portal, or consult with your Orientation Academic Advisor. Please email PlacementTest@luc.edu with any other questions.