All incoming START students are required to take the ALEKS Placement Assessment, however when determining your math course registration, your highest placement from the ALEKS Assessment, AP/IB scores, and previous college math courses will be used. Taking the ALEKS Placement Assessment does not penalize students in anyway. The ALEKS Placement Assessment can only improve your math placement.
For example, if you have successfully completed Precalculus I: Functions (College Algebra), MTH 111Z, at another institution and score a 50 on the ALEKS Assessment, you will be able to register for MTH 112Z or MTH 241 based on your completion of MTH 111Z. However, if this same student scored a 78 on ALEKS, they would be able to register for MTH 251 directly and not have to take MTH 112Z. The math course(s) you will need to complete for you degree depends on your major, and it is important to discuss with your advisor during your START advising appointment what math courses are needed.