Placement Assessments

Placement assessments are tests that measure your current skills in a subject area and provide score ranges. These score ranges help academic advisors place you into courses in that subject area where you will be most successful. At IUPUI, students might take placement assessments in English and mathematics. You must take your placement assessments before you meet with your academic advisor during your Academic Orientation.

A $50 placement test fee will be charged to your Bursar bill. This fee includes all placement assessments (EAP, Math Skills Assessment, foreign language) that you may need to take. There is no charge for the Chemistry Assessment. Bring a photo ID when you take the EAP assessment.

What Placement Assessments do I Have to Take?

Review the “Additional Letter Material” included with your admissions letter to see which
assessment(s) you may have to take.

  • Most international students will need to take the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) assessment
  • Most Undergraduate (bachelor’s) students will need to take the math assessment
  • Some Undergraduate (bachelor’s) students will need to take the chemistry assessment

Why are Placement Assessments so Important?

You should take your placement assessments seriously because they can affect the amount oftime and money it takes to complete your degree!

It is very important that you review the information for each assessment and follow theinstructions. This will help you to be place into the appropriate course to ensure you aresuccessful in your degree program.

Undergraduate Assessments
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

    All undergraduates are required to complete English W131 as a condition of graduation. The EAP assessment tests your ability in academic English and determines if you should be placed into additional academic English courses in order to complete English W131 successfully. Learn more about IUPUI’s EAP program»

    If you are required to take the EAP assessment, you will be assigned a test time when you check in with us during the first day of your International Orientation program.

  • Math Placement Assessment

    Most Undergraduate students must take this placement assessment before they can register for a math class at IUPUI. The math placement assessment used at IUPUI is called ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces). You can take this test anywhere, as long as you have an Internet connection. Students are expected to take the ALEKS assessment prior to arriving on campus for Orientation. Review your math skills prior to taking the assessment. Those who study before the assessment typically score much better than those who do not, and have higher chances of being placed into math levels directly required for their degree.

    Please review the materials that were mailed with your admission letter to find out if you are required to take this assessment.

    You can take the ALEKS math test up to five times. After you take the assessment the first time, the ALEKS software provides you with learning modules to improve your score. With these learning modules, you can practice the math problems you did not do well on so that you can improve your score the next time you take the assessment—thus enabling you to place into a math course that will better meet your degree requirements.

    See more information about ALEKS»
  • Chemistry Placement Assessment

    The Chemistry Placement Examination is an assessment to evaluate readiness for college level chemistry courses. It is an open-book, 45 minute online tool to evaluate readiness to begin the main science major sequence, Chemistry C105-106. There is no charge for this assessment. During your academic advisor appointment (during orientation), your advisor will give you further instructions on how to complete the chemistry placement assessment.

Graduate Assessments
  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

    Most graduate students are required to take the EAP assessment test unless they have a previous U.S. degree. The EAP assessment tests your ability in academic English and determines if you should be placed into additional academic English courses. Please check your additional letter material that was sent with your admission or iStart to see if you are required to take this assessment. 

    If you are required to take the EAP assessment, you will be assigned a test time when you check in with us during the first day of your International Orientation program

Where can I find more Information on Placement Assessments?

Placement Newsletter»
EAP Program Online»
ALEKS Information»