All St. Edward’s students are required to complete a quantitative reasoning course, at the level of Quantitative Reasoning (MATH 1312), College Algebra (MATH 1314), Math for Business (MATH 1324), or above.  Most science majors additionally require Calculus (MATH 2413) and/or Precalculus (MATH 2312).  These and other mathematics courses require satisfactory placement, which can be achieved through SAT/ACT subscores or the ALEKS placement test. 

Incoming students will receive information about math placement through HillStart and New Student Orientation.  The online Math Placement Tool can help you determine your placement information, based on your intended major, SAT/ACT subscores, and any prior college credit.  If recommended or required, online access to the ALEKS placement test is provided through Hillstart, as part of New Student Orientation. Your official placement score will be determined by a proctored ALEKS placement test during New Student Orientation, but your access to the practice tests and learning modules begins much earlier, with your Hillstart access. 

Steps for Math Placement:

  • Use the online Math Placement Tool to determine what math class you will place into, and what math class(es) are required for your major.
  • If you are satisfied with your placement, you are done.  Otherwise,
    • Register to take a proctored ALEKS placement test during New Student Orientation.
    • Prior to Orientation, take the ALEKS placement test as a practice test to see how it goes.
    • Spend time using the included learning modules to improve your score.  If you spend 5+ hours, you will unlock an opportunity for a 2nd practice test.
    • Take the proctored ALEKS placement test at New Student Orientation.  This is the score that counts.