Math Placement Assessment
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, new/incoming students should check their Student Portal (www.luc.edu/studentportal) and current/continuing students should check with their academic advisor.
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).
- your current math placement.
- how to submit
Math placement can be accomplished in four ways:
- Submit ACT or SAT scores.
- Submit AP calculus and/or IB Math HL scores.
- Take the ALEKS math placement assessment which is open from October 1, 2022 to Sunday, January 22, 2023, 11:59 pm.
- Use final high school calculus and precalclus grades from within the last 2 years. "Final grades" means 2nd semester grades. 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 and your high school transcripts will place you higher than your current math placement, you may request this option. Access this form with your Loyola email address and LOCUS password.
The highest placement from these four methods is the definitive one. 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 into different math courses.
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
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
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches: 6-7: MATH 161 credit; take MATH 162 or 132
Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation: 6-7: 3 hours college credit; placement into MATH 131 or MATH 161
Placement into a math course based on the ALEKS placement assessment. Read the MPA instructions on how to take ALEKS.
0 - 44: MATH 100
45 - 59: MATH 117
60 - 74: MATH 118
75 - 100: MATH 131 or 161
Placement into a math course based on the second semester 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- in calculus or precalculus: MATH100
An “A” in calculus includes a grade of A- or above as final grade (2nd semester 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.