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Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Calculus Readiness Assessment

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 improve before taking calculus classes at Chico State. 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 ALEKS PPL assessment. 

Who Needs to Take the Calculus Readiness Assessment?
Eligibility: Register for ALEKS PPL if you meet ALL of the following.Exemptions: You are exempt from ALEKS PPL if you meet ONE of the following.
  • Incoming freshmen who are not required to take Early Start Math and support courses.
  • You have scored 3 or better on and AP Calculus test (must be sent to Chico State).
  • You plan to take Calculus I (Math 109 or Math 120) in your first year.
  • You have successfully completed Calculus I (Math 109 or 120) prerequisites: high school trigonometry and college credit for pre-calculus (Math 119 or equivalent) with a C- or better.
  • You have successfully completed high school trigonometry and high school pre-calculus.
  • You scored 4 or better in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Math HL exam.
  • You have not met any of the EXEMPTIONS.
  • You have earned college credit for trigonometry and college algebra, or college credit for pre-calculus (Math 119 or equivalent) with a C- or better.
Majors That Require the Calculus Readiness Assessment
BiochemistryEngineering - Mechanical
BiologyEngineering - Mechatronic
ChemistryEnvironmental Science
Computer Information SystemsGeology
Computer ScienceGeosciences
Construction ManagementMathematics
Engineering - CivilNatural Sciences
Engineering - ComputerPhysics
Engineering - Electrical/Electronic

2020 Summer Calculus Readiness Assessment

Incoming freshmen are advised to complete ALL 3 STEPS prior to attending Summer Orientation and by June 1st, in order to have a placement score available for enrollment.