All new students, first-year and transfer, complete applicable placements below no later than August 12.

Math Placement

For Both International and Domestic Students

All students (first-year, transfer, domestic, and international) please complete ALEKS math questionnaire onlineThe Math Department prefers that you complete this as soon as possible after February 1. It must be done no later than August 12. After you submit your questionnaire answers, read the resulting information on the screen carefully for next steps.

The  ALEKS math 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. 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 ALEKS math placement.


Foreign Language Placement

For Both Domestic and International Students

Do complete
 the online placement assessment in a specific language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, or Spanish) before August 12 if you plan to continue in this same language you began before Valpo and:

  • 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 foreign language if you have never been exposed to that language, you can send Valpo a college transcript with passing grades in one or more of these languages, or you have only studied that language independently using software. You register for FL_101 if you want to begin a new language. You send the college transcript to Valpo if you are trying to transfer credit.

Who has a foreign language requirement at Valpo?

All other students, in all colleges, are welcome and encouraged to study foreign language as part of their Valpo degree program if they are interested.

Take Foreign Language Placement Online


Chemistry Placement

For Both International and Domestic Students

Complete chemistry placement online as soon as possible, before August 12, if you are seeking a degree in any of these areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Health Science (Physician Assistant)
  • Kinesiology – Exercise Science
  • Physics
  • Pre-Medical Arts (Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Veterinarian, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Pharmacy, etc.)

Students who can send Valpo a college transcript (not a high school transcript) with a passing grade in a college chemistry course on it should not take Chemistry Placement. Just have the transcript sent to Valpo now for consideration of transfer credit.

The assessment is timed. Students have 50 minutes to complete it. A calculator is provided on the assessment or students may use their own for calculation purposes only.

The username and password to enter the chemistry assessment are:

Username: webexam
Password: valpo383

Take Chemistry Placement online


Writing Placement

For Both Domestic and International Students

All domestic, first-year CORE students are placed into CORE 105 or 110 for FOCUS class registration based on high school academic information.

Domestic transfer students are placed into or out of CORE 110 or 115 based on the college/university credits they transfer into Valpo.

International students are placed into CORE 105, 110, or 115 based on high school or previous college/university coursework and English proficiency.

All CORE students will complete a writing assessment during the first week of classes in August to verify the orientation placement.

Christ College students do not have a writing placement. All Christ College students will take CC 110 beginning fall semester, first year.


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Testing Accommodations

Contact the Access & Accomodations Resource Center (AARC) as soon as possible, before FOCUS, if you need accommodations. If you had an IEP in high school or received accommodations at another college or university, now is a good time to send that documentation to the AARC to ensure seamless transition.

Honor Code

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
Debbie Lowenthal
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Bonnie Dahlke Goebbert
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