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Placement Assessments

Placement information below is for all undergraduate students starting classes at Valpo in January 2023. If this is you, then you should complete placement now so we can be ready to help you register for classes.

Think of placement as a tool, not a test. The placement assessments ensure you begin your collegiate studies at the level in which you’re most likely to be successful while still challenging you to take your learning to the next level. There are two placement assessments for incoming Valpo students: Mathematics and World Languages. New students are strongly encouraged to complete their placement as early as possible prior to their FOCUS orientation session so academic advisors have the information they need in order to prepare to help you with class registration.

All students (yes, all) do the ALEKS questionnaire for math and follow the ensuing instructions. You will need this placement for your quantitative analysis and science courses. All students who have studied a world language prior to Valpo are encouraged to complete placement; it is required of some students. See below for details.

For Both International and Domestic Students

All students (first-year, transfer, domestic, and international) please complete the ALEKS questionnaire online now. After you submit your questionnaire answers, read the resulting information on the screen very carefully for next steps.

The ALEKS questionnaire has you enter information that determines a preliminary placement level which may or may not require completing the full math assessment. When you submit the questionnaire, you will be given further information regarding your math placement leading to one of these three scenarios:

  • If you get a preliminary placement level that fits your academic program needs, then you won’t need to do the full assessment and you are done with math placement.
  • If you get a preliminary placement level that is too low for your academic program needs, you will be able to launch the full placement assessment to try to increase your placement level.
  • If the system cannot pre-place you based on the questionnaire information you submitted, you will be directed to launch and complete the full math placement assessment.

The placement assessment is not timed. During the assessment, a calculator is embedded in the online assessment and appears for appropriate questions. No outside devices may be used. The full assessment can be completed multiple times to try to increase your placement level as long as you complete your individualized learning modules in the system between each retake.

Read more details about math placement.

If you are a transfer student who has taken mathematics or statistics coursework at another college or university, do complete the questionnaire above and have your official transcript from that institution sent to transcripts@valpo.edu as soon as possible after final grades are posted so transfer may be applied to your record. You may also be asked to pull up a copy of your unofficial transcript from your last school during your advising appointment at Valpo.

For Both Domestic and International Students

All students are encouraged to complete language placement if you have previously studied one of the languages listed below so that placement is on file if/when you want to register for a class.

Do complete
 the online placement assessment in a specific language* (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish) as soon as possible to continue in the same language you began before Valpo if:

  • You have taken this language in high school/middle school/junior high; or
  • You have studied this language through homeschooling; or
  • You speak this language at home and/or with family

Do not complete the online placement assessment in a world language if you have never been exposed to that language, or you have only studied that language independently using software. You register for level 101 to begin a new language.

Take World Language Placement Online Here (<– this site also has more helpful language placement and study information!)

Be sure to check out all the great academic help and student activity opportunities available for you in languages at Valpo! Learn more about the Language Resource Center

*Note: Certain language courses may not be available every semester or every year.


Contact the Access & Accomodations Resource Center (AARC) as soon as possible, before FOCUS, if you had an IEP in high school or received accommodations at another college or university. Send your documentation to the AARC as far in advance of FOCUS as possible to ensure seamless transition.


Students are expected to abide by Valpo’s Honor Code while completing placement assessments:

“I have neither given or received nor have I tolerated others’ use of unauthorized aid.”

This means no use of books, devices, or other people is permitted unless otherwise specified.

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Ryan Bye, Director of Student Involvement & New Student Programs
Carolyn Whittier, Assistant Vice President of Student Life