For students completing START, all incoming START students are required to take the ALEKS Placement Assessment. All of your previous college math courses will be used to determine your placement, along with any AP/IB scores. Your ALEKS score will not lower your placement, if you have previous college credits. The ALEKS score can only improve your math placement. For example, if you have successfully completed College Algebra, MTH 111, at another institution and score a 50 on the ALEKS Assessment, you will be able to register for MTH 112 or MTH 241 based on your completion of MTH 111. It is important to discuss with your advisor during your START advising appointment what math courses are needed for your particular major.


Note: ALEKS scores are loaded into the OSU system twice each weekday at 7:15 am and 3:45 pm. If you took your assessment today, you will be able to register for your math course either after 3:45 pm today or after 7:15 am tomorrow (or the next business day).

How to Take the Math Placement Assessment

Follow these directions to complete the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment.

FAQs about ALEKS Math Placement

Find answers to common questions be watching the quick video below or look at more specific questions on our FAQ page.

Placement in a Math Course

Interpret your ALEKS score to determine your eligibility to enroll in a mathematics course.

Improve your ALEKS Score

Access the ALEKS Learning Modules to review before retaking the Math Placement Assessment or to prepare for your course. 

Technical Support for ALEKS

Get help from ALEKS Customer Support, troubleshoot technical issues, and more.

Help with Math Placement at OSU

For additional assistance with math placement, please call 541-737-5170 or email  Please include your OSU ID number with all communications.


NOTE: The Math Department enforces prerequisites, at C- or better (with few exceptions), for all MTH courses.  If you believe you have met the prerequisite, but are receiving a "Prerequisite not yet met" registration error, please contact the Math Department, 541-737-5170, or email  Please include your OSU ID number with all communications.