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Placement Assessments

Placement information below is for students starting at Valpo in January 2021. If you will be starting at Valpo in Summer or Fall 2021, please return to this site in March for your placement information.

Students attending January FOCUS may complete placement now. Placement must be done at least one week prior to your FOCUS session for your academic advisor to have the information for your advising session.

Placement assessments determine at what level you begin instruction in that subject at Valpo. All students (yes, all) do the ALEKS questionnaire for math which also provides information for chemistry when applicable. Many students do world language. 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. Then, depending on that level and your needs, you might choose to move into the math placement assessment to raise your placement level (descriptions of these levels appear after you submit the questionnaire). When you submit the questionnaire, you will be directed, if needed, to launch the 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.

Read more details about math placement.

For Both Domestic and International Students

Do complete
 the online placement assessment in a specific language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, 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

For Both International and Domestic Students

The ALEKS placement questionnaire that you completed for math gives the chemistry department information to place you into an appropriate chemistry course, if applicable. There is no separate chemistry placement assessment.

If you are a transfer student or have completed dual-credit chemistry in high school, send Valpo your official university transcript (not a high school transcript) with the passing grade in a university chemistry course for consideration of transfer credit.

For Both International and Domestic Students

Domestic first-year students will begin in CORE 110 or Christ College 110. There is no writing placement assessment for domestic first-year students.

Domestic transfer students will begin in CORE or CC 110 or 115 or may be placed beyond these. This placement is dependent upon the number of transfer credits and the types of coursework completed. Send your official university transcript(s) to Valpo as far in advance of FOCUS as possible to allow the information to get to your academic advisor in time for FOCUS.

International student English proficiency is determined based on previous coursework and exam scores. Sometimes more information is needed. If that is the case, international students will be asked to complete a writing placement assessment. Using all of this, international students may be placed into English coursework or independent study or CORE 110 or CORE 115.


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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Harre Union, Suite 250
(+1) 219.464.5413

Brandi Kneifel
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Bonnie Dahlke Goebbert
Assistant Dean of Students
First-Year Students and Commuter Programs