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.

  • Why are Placement Assessments so Important?

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

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

  • 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 (graduate and undergraduate)
    • Most Undergraduate (bachelor’s) students will need to take the math assessment
    • Some Undergraduate (bachelor’s) students will need to take the chemistry assessment, specifically those planning to earn a degree in science, technology, engineering, and math.

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. 

    Most international undergraduate students are required to take the EAP assessment. You can find out if you are required to take this exam by reviewing your additional letter material that was sent with your admission letter. You may also find this information in your iStart account. 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 Welcome Meeting program (see the schedule above). The EAP assessment must be taken on IUPUI's campus.

    Please be sure you have set up your IUPUI technology account before you take this exam; instructions can be found in your iStart Pre-Arrival checklist. Once you have set up your technology account, please lauch Canvas at least once prior to coming to Indianapolis. Additionally, please remember to download the DUO app on your smart device.

  • Math Placement Assessment

     

    Most undergraduate students must take this placement assessment before they can register for a math class at IUPUI. The math placement exam used at IUPUI is called ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces). You begin this assessment from home (as long as you have internet) and you can improve your placement by completing the review modules within the program. 

    Review the information below for general guidance on what type of ALEKS assessment you will be required to complete:

    • SAT/ACT score 670/29 or above = you are exempt from the ALEKS assessment.
    • SAT/ACT score 600 - 669/26-28 = you need to take only the online portion of the ALEKS assessment. (You do not need to take the proctored placement assessment during International Welcome Week).
    • SAT/ACT score 599/25 or below = you should complete the online ALEKS review modules and must take the proctored ALEKS assessment when you arrive to IUPUI.
    • No SAT/ACT score = you should complete the online ALEKS review modules and must take the proctored ALEKS assessment when you arrive to IUPUI.

    ALEKS allows students to take the placement first (be rested and studied when you complete this assessment) and then assigns each students review modules tailored to your skill level. After you complete review modules, you can then retake the assessment up to 3 additional times. Students have the opportunity to  improve placement by completing the ALEKS review modules and reassessing progress. 

    Once you arrive to campus, you will be assigned a time to take a proctored ALEKS assessment (if required). Essentially, you will take the same ALEKS placement you have been working on at home, but in a computer lab on campus. Your academic advisor will then use your proctored ALEKS score and your desired field of study to select the math course that will meet your needs at IUPUI. You will get this information during your academic orientation. 

    See more information about ALEKS»

    Further questions about the Math Placement Assessment can be directed to the Math Department»

  • Chemistry Placement Assessment

    The Chemistry Placement Assessment is an open-book, 45-minute, 40 multiple choice online tool to evaluate readiness to begin the main science major sequence, Chemistry C105-C106. You cannot receive assistance from any person during the assessment to ensure accuracy of the placement process. The assessment can be taken on any computer with reliable internet access, but mobile devices or tablets are not suitable for completion of this assessment. You must use a valid IU username to enroll in the placement assessment and you will only be allowed one attempt at the assessment. You connect to the address:

    https://iu.instructure.com/enroll/384YW7

    In this process, you may be asked for an access code and you should enter “chem4188” in the box. This access code will be valid through August 24, 2018. Click on the “Enroll in Course” button. You should also click on the “Announcement” tab to see if there are any specific updates or news relating to the placement process.

    Your score will be provided to you at the conclusion of the assessment. This data will be supplied to your academic advisor during your academic orientation meeting to determine the appropriate chemistry class you will need to enroll in.

    Be sure to log off at the completion of the assessment.

Graduate Assessments:

  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

    Most graduate students are required to take the EAP assessment 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 to support your study. Please check your additional letter material that was sent with your admission or iStart to see if you are required to take this assessment.  You may learn more online 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

    Please be sure you have set up your IUPUI technology account before you take this exam; instructions can be found in your iStart Pre-Arrival checklist. Once you have set up your technology account, please lauch Canvas at least once prior to coming to Indianapolis. Additionally, please remember to download the DUO app on your smart device.

Where can I find more Information on Placement Assessments?

Math Department»

EAP Program»

ALEKS Information»