Placement Exam Guidelines

ALEKS Math Placement Assessment

The ALEKS mathematics placement assessment will help you and your advisor determine the right mathematics course for you.

The assessment will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the assessment, a targeted Prep. and Learning Module is available for you to review and learn material, and to improve placement and eventual course outcomes.

Who should complete the ALEKS placement test?

  • If you plan to take a math course beyond the level of college algebra (MATH 0031) you must take the placement assessment, unless you have college credit for Calculus 1 (MATH 0220) with a grade of C or better, or you scored 4 or higher on the Math AB or Math BC Advanced Placement exam. If you have transfer credit for algebra (MATH 0031), trigonometry (MATH 0032) or pre-calculus (MATH 0200) and plan to take more math, you may enroll in the next course in sequence based upon which prerequisite you have brought in for credit.
  • If you scored 620 or higher on your math SAT or 27 or higher on the ACT math subscore, you exempt the algebra requirement. However, you must take the placement exam if you want/need to take other math courses for your chosen plan of study.
  • If you scored below 620 on your math SAT and lower than 27 on the ACT math subscore, you must satisfy the algebra requirement. You can enroll in college algebra (MATH 0010/0020, MATH 0025 or MATH 0031) without taking the placement test; however, by taking the placement assessment you may be able to place into a higher level course.
  • No matter what your Math SAT or ACT math score is, you do not need to take the math placement assessment if you have college credit for Calculus 1 (MATH 0220) with a grade of C or better, or if you scored 4 or higher on the Math AB or Math BC Advanced Placement exam.

Once you have determined if you need to take the Math Assessment, you can find more detailed information about the online ALEKS Math Placement Assessment and how to begin.

If you have questions about placement exam requirements, please contact the Advising Center, 412-624-6444, between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

French, Spanish, Italian, and German Placement Exams

The French, Spanish, Italian, and German placement exams are offered online. You may take any of these exams online before you attend your inital advising appointment by following the instructions below. Your scores will be sent to your academic center before you arrive for your appointment.

If you plan to take French, German, Italian, or Spanish courses during your first year at Pitt, please print your score after taking the online placement test and be sure to bring the score to your advising appointment.

To access the French, Spanish, Italian, and/or German placement exams:

  1. Click here to access the placement exam website.
  2. Log in with the password: panthers1 (all lower case).
  3. Select a language (Spanish is the default) from the drop down menu.
  4. Complete the required identification fields and survey.
  5. You will then be able to proceed with the exam.