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

A math placement assessment measures what a student knows and what they need to improve before taking math courses at Chico State. After taking the ALEKS Placement Assessment, students will be provided with a personalized learning path designed to strengthen their knowledge gaps in math. Students will then have a chance to review topics that may have been forgotten or haven't been practiced for a while and then reassess with a proctor for an official placement score.