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MATH 1225 Placement FAQs

Basic RGB

Virginia Tech uses ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (PPL) to

  • find the strengths and weaknesses of your mathematical knowledge, 
  • report results to you, and 
  • if necessary, provide you with online learning modules for improving your knowledge to prepare for MATH 1225. 


Access to ALEKS is available now!

ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (PPL) is a web-based program consisting of two parts:

  1. Adaptive, open-response VT ALEKS Placement Assessments cover material from college algebra through precalculus; the assessment does not test any calculus principles whatsoever.
  2. A Prep and Learning Module which provides an individualized, self-paced online review.

ALEKS begins with an initial placement assessment. Your initial assessment will provide a score that will determine whether you are eligible to enroll in MATH 1225. If you are not eligible to enroll based on your initial assessment score, you will have a chance to work on identified weaknesses through the targeted Prep and Learning Module before attempting additional placement assessments.

VT ALEKS Placement Assessments contain up to 30 questions, and generally take 60-90 minutes to complete. 

If you are NOT interested in taking MATH 1225, you do NOT need to use ALEKS.

If you are unsure of your MATH 1225 eligibility status, you can check your status on your orientation page:

  • Log into Hokie Spa.
  • Click on "View your General Student Information."
  • If there is a drop-down menu on the next screen, select the current term.
  • Click on "View Orientation Information."

Your status will be one of the following: 

You do NOT have to use ALEKS. You have satisfied the prerequisites for MATH 1225 and are eligible to enroll in MATH 1225 now. We encourage you to discuss your course plans with your academic advisor before enrolling in MATH 1225.

You can use ALEKS to become eligible to enroll in MATH 1225. For other ways to become eligible, see Qualifying for MATH 1225.

If you do NOT intend to take MATH 1225, no further action is needed.

Take a VT ALEKS Placement Assessment to determine your eligibility to enroll in MATH 1225.

You cannot satisfy a prerequisite for MATH 1225 with a grade in an equivalent course taken at another institution (including MATH 1214, 1225).

See Qualifying for MATH 1225 to learn how you can become eligible to enroll in the course.

Yes!

  • The sooner you earn eligibility, the better. If your college level exam score has not been received and recorded by Virginia Tech by June 13, 2022, you may not be able to enroll in MATH 1225 when registration opens for Fall 2022.
  • Further, after assessing through ALEKS, you will have a much better sense of your strengths and weaknesses. You will have a chance, prior to the start of the semester, to brush up on topics that may have been forgotten or haven't been practiced for some time.

If you have any questions about reporting your college level exam score, visit the registrar's website

NOTE: If your qualifying college level exam score already appears in Hokie SPA, you are eligible to enroll in MATH 1225; you do not need to complete an assessment.

ALEKS PPL is available to all Virginia Tech students, free of charge.

 

Your VT ALEKS Placement Assessment is designed to determine what you know and what you need to work on; you do NOT need to review/study for the assessment. At the end of the assessment, you will have a much better sense of your strengths and weaknesses, and have a chance to brush up on topics that may have been forgotten or haven't been practiced for some time. 

Therefore, you should take your initial assessment soon as possible! Access to ALEKS is available now and is offered free of charge for Virginia Tech students

When taking a VT ALEKS Placement Assessment, enter the required proctoring password when prompted: HOKIE2022.

You are strongly encouraged to use your available assessments to determine your 'eligibility to enrollno later than June 13, 2022

Note:

  • The last day to earn eligibility for MATH 1225 for Fall 2022 through VT ALEKS placement assessments is August 24th . 
  • NO VT ALEKS Placement Assessments will be available after August 24th.
  • If you do NOT earn a passing score in any of your attempts, to earn eligibility for the Spring 2023 semester, you must enroll in MATH 1214 during Fall 2022

You must be logged into your VT-Student account to access ALEKS. If you are logged into your VT-Guest account, you will be denied access.
To access ALEKS:

  • Log into your VT-Student account and click on the link below again.
  • You may also need to clear your cache and history.

A score of 80 or higher on the ALEKS Placement Assessment will give you a 'MATH 1225 - Eligible to Enroll' status and you be eligible to enroll in MATH 1225. 

Only the highest ALEKS score is used for determining eligibility.

A passing score satisfies a prerequisite to enroll in the course, and if earned no later than June 13, 2022, guarantees a seat in MATH 1225 (Fall 2022). 

There may be seats available for students who earn a passing score for MATH 1225 (Fall 2022)  after June 13,  but the seats are not guaranteed

NOTE: To enroll yourself in MATH 1225, your major must satisfy the course restrictions (see the timetable or contact your advisor if you are unsure). If your major is not listed, and you have a passing score on the VT ALEKS Placement Assessment, you can request a force add.

To ensure the best chance of securing a seat in the course, it is strongly recommended that you complete your initial assessment immediately. We do not suggest extensive study time and/or preparation prior to your initial assessment; the goal is to assess what you know (and don't know) right now.

The deadline to earn eligibility for a particular semester is two days prior to the last day to add classes.

IMPORTANT: For Fall 2022, that means

  • you must earn a passing score by August 24th to be eligible to enroll in MATH 1225. 
  • NO VT ALEKS Placement Assessments will be available after that date.
  • If you do NOT earn a passing score in any of your attempts, to earn eligibility for the Spring 2023 semester, you must enroll in MATH 1214 during Fall 2022

No! You can earn eligibility to enroll in MATH 1225 AND CHEM 1035 with the same VT ALEKS Placement Assessment.

  • A score of 80 or higher is required to earn eligibility to enroll in MATH 1225.
  • A score of 61 or higher is required to earn eligibility to enroll in CHEM 1035.

You will be allotted three attempts to pass the assessment, provided you complete the three assessments by August 24th

Your initial assessment is available immediately. Once you complete your initial assessment attempt, any remaining assessment attempts must be completed by two days prior to the add deadline for the upcoming term

IMPORTANT: For Fall 2022, that means 

  • All VT ALEKS Placement Assessments must be completed by August 24th NO VT ALEKS Placement Assessments will be available after that date. Make sure to plan ahead, so that if you need them, you have time to complete all three attempts.
  • If you do not use your second and/or third assessment(s), the unusued assessments expire and do NOT carry over to a subsequent term.
  • If you do NOT earn a passing score in any of your attempts, to earn eligibility for the Spring 2023 semester, you must enroll in MATH 1214 during Fall 2022

While your initial assessment was available immediately, your second and third assessments are available to you

  • only if it has been 24 hours after you completed the previous assessment AND
  • after you have spent 3 hours in the Prep and Learning Module.

Remember, your second and third assessments will expire two days prior to the add deadline for the upcoming term. (For Fall 2022, that deadline is August 24th) Unused assessments do NOT carry over to a subsequent term.

If you do not earn a passing score, we strongly suggest that you enroll in MATH 1214 Preparation for Calculus. (Offered as MATH 1984 during Summer 2022) to earn eligibility to enroll in MATH 1225 at Virginia Tech.

Don't forget, if you don't use your second and/or third assessment prior to the deadline  for the upcoming term (For Fall 2022, that deadline is August 24th)  these assessments do NOT carry over to a subsequent term.

Yes!

The VT Mathematics Department is offering free, online, content support as you prepare for and/or remediate between VT ALEKS Placement Assessment attempts!

Once enrolled in the Canvas course, you will have access to Zoom tutoring, offered by a current VT Mathematics instructor. Available tutoring hours are subject to change, and will be available on the front page of the Canvas site.

In order to take your placement assessment you will need the following (more details can be found under ‘Tell me more about ALEKS’):

  • Device with reliable internet connection
    • Windows running 8+
    • Mac running OS X 10.12+
    • Recommended browser: Chrome 80+, Firefox 76+
    • Note: Chromebooks are not compatible.
  • Microphone and webcam
  • Lockdown Browser (download here)
  • Photo ID (Virginia Tech ID, Driver’s license, State ID, passport)
  • Blank paper and pencil
  • A distraction free environment for up to three hours

Please read through ALL of the information under 'Tell me more about the VT ALEKS Placement Assessment...'  

If you still believe you need testing accommodations to take the VT ALEKS Placement Assessment, please contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD).  SSD and the Mathematics Department will work together with you to determine the best way to meet your accommodation needs.

Yes, you have 3 hours to complete a Placement Assessment once it has begun.  There will be a maximum of 30 questions and the average time to complete an assessment is 80 minutes. You cannot stop the assessment and return; the assessment must be completed in one sitting.

VT ALEKS Placement Assessments are remotely proctored using LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor. 

  •  LockDown Browser is a custom browser that secures the testing environment by preventing access to other applications, copying, printing, or visiting other websites while taking assessments in ALEKS PPL. 
  • Respondus Monitor is an automated “remote proctoring” companion application for LockDown Browser that uses webcam and video technology to record you during your online placement assessment. Faculty members monitor the recordings to ensure the integrity of the proctored assessment.
  • Avoid wearing baseball caps or hats with brims.
  • Ensure your computer or tablet is on a firm surface (a desk or table). Do NOT have the computer on your lap, a bed, or other surface where the device (or you) are likely to move.
  • If using a built-in webcam, avoid tilting the screen after the webcam setup is complete.
  • Take the assessment in a well-lit room and avoid backlighting, such as sitting with your back to a window.
  • Use the Respondus Monitor Live chat for any pre-assessment issues related to your webcam and microphone
.

View the ALEKS Respondus Monitor Student Startup Guide for help in getting started.

The Virginia Tech Honor Code applies to students when taking VT ALEKS Placement Assessments.
Failure to abide by this policy may result in a failure of the exam and/or other sanctions imposed by the university.

You may only use a pen or pencil, paper, and the resources provided by ALEKS. You will also need a microphone and webcam for remote proctoring.

ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. No other calculator is permitted.

You may not receive assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks, or any other resource not provided by ALEKS. An inflated score will misrepresent your mathematical background and significantly decrease your chances of success in MATH 1225. It is important that you are honest about your skill level. 

The Virginia Tech Honor Code applies to students when taking VT ALEKS Placement Assessments. 
Failure to abide by this policy may result in a failure of the exam and/or other sanctions imposed by the university.

ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial before your initial VT ALEKS Placement Assessment begins. In order to use the Prep and Learning Module, ALEKS must first determine what you already know and what you're ready to learn. So, your initial placement assessment must be taken BEFORE accessing the Prep and Learning Module.

While working in the Prep and Learning Module, you will periodically complete a Knowledge Check to ensure you are on the optimal learning path. A Knowledge Check determines what you’ve mastered and what you’re ready to learn.

A Knowledge Check does NOT qualify as a Placement Assessment.

No. You must complete and earn a passing score on a new VT ALEKS Placement Assessment to become eligible to enroll in MATH 1225.

Select the placement tab in the upper right corner of the ALEKS page to start a new VT ALEKS Placement Assessment for MATH 1225.

No. A status of ‘MATH 1225 – Not eligible to enroll’ means that you have not satisfied a MATH 1225 prerequisite. If you did not achieve the minimum score through ALEKS, see Qualifying for MATH 1225 for information on other ways you can become eligible to enroll in MATH 1225.

Congratulations! You can continue to use your Prep and Learning Modules. Take advantage of the targeted review and learning features in ALEKS to prepare for success in MATH 1225.

Allow up to 3 business days for your MATH 1225 eligibility status to be updated. Provided seats are available and your major meets the course restrictions (see the timetable or contact your advisor if you are unsure), self-enroll in MATH 1225. If you receive a restricted major error, you can submit a force add request

For technical support while using ALEKS PPL:

For questions about eligibility to enroll in MATH 1225: