Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Calculus Readiness Test (CRT)

CSU, Chico requires an ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning (ALEKS PPL) assessment to determine readiness for calculus courses. This is a "Placement Assessment," not a test. 

A Placement Assessment is designed to determine what a student knows and what a student needs to work on. After taking the assessment, ALEKS will provide students with a personalized learning path designed to strengthen their knowledge gaps in math.  Students will then have a chance to brush up on topics that may have been forgotten or haven't been practiced for a while and then reassess.

Please refer to the table below for assistance in determining your eligibility for the CRT. 

Register for the CRT if you meet ALL of the following:

  • are an incoming freshman who is not required to take Early Start Math, MATH 031 or MATH 051
  • plan to take Calculus I (Math 109 or Math 120) in your first year
  • successfully completed high school trigonometry and high school precalculus
  • have not met any of the following exemptions

Exemptions (one of the following):

  • a score of 3 or better on an AP Calculus test (must be sent to Chico State)     
  • successful completion of Calculus I (Math 109 or Math 120) prerequisites: high school trigonometry and college credit for precalculus (Math 119 or equivalent) with a C- or better
  • a score of 4 or better on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Math HL exam
  • College credit for trigonometry and college algebra, or college credit for pre-calculus (Math 119 or equivalent) with a C- or better

Non-freshmen are normally not eligible for the CRT. 


Majors that require Math 109 or Math 120:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Engineering - Civil
  • Engineering - Computer
  • Engineering - Electrical/Electronic
  • Engineering - Mechanical
  • Engineering - Mechatronic
  • Environmental Science
  • Geology
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematics
  • Natural Sciences
  • Physics



2018 Summer CRT

Incoming freshmen are advised to complete ALL 3 steps prior to attending Summer Orientation in order to have a placement score available for enrollment.

STEP 1: Register for ALEKS PPL
STEP 2: Study for a Proctored Assessment
STEP 3: Take a Proctored Assessment