Your placement score determines at what level you begin that subject at Valparaiso University. Please complete math, foreign language, and chemistry placement via the links below by January 2.

Math Placement

For Both International and Domestic Students
All students (first-year, transfer, domestic, and international) please complete ALEKS math questionnaire online now. 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
Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish placement should be completed online prior to FOCUS by students who intend to continue classes in these languages at Valpo.

These students have 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 and should complete the placement if you intend to continue taking classes in a language you have already been studying.

Take Foreign Language Placement Online


Chemistry Placement

For Both International and Domestic Students
Chemistry placement should be completed online prior to attending FOCUS by all domestic and international students who intend to study any of the following at Valpo:

  • 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 have already taken and passed a college chemistry course should not take Chemistry Placement.

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 assessment are:

Username: webexam
Password: valpo383

Take Chemistry Placement online


Writing Placement

For Both Domestic and International Students
All domestic first-year CORE students will be placed into CORE 105 or CORE 110 during FOCUS class registration based on high school academic information.

Domestic transfer students are placed into or out of a CORE class (105, 110, or 115) based on the college/university credits they transfer into Valpo.

International students will complete a separate writing placement during International Student Orientation in January for placement into appropriate writing courses.


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Before FOCUS

Complete math, foreign language, and chemistry placement online anytime between now and January 2.

Testing Accommodations

Contact the Access Resource Center  ( 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 share that documentation with Valpo.

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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