Placement

English Placement | Math Placement

English Placement

To enroll in Freshman English, your SAT Writing test score or your ACT English test score must exceed the cut-off score.

450 and above for SAT Writing
18 and above for ACT English

If your scores exceed the cut-off score, you may register for any open section of ENGL 002 (except the one section designated for English majors). If you declared English as your prospective major, you will be able to register for that section of the course. If you have not declared English as your prospective major but intend to pursue English as your major, please send an email to thardy@howard.edu; and the restriction will be lifted for you, assuming your SAT/ACT scores are adequate.

If the scores reported in your Bison Web account are not your latest scores and you need to use your most recent scores to be eligible for ENGL 002, you may send a screen shot of your official score report to thardy@howard.edu. Be sure that the image is clear and includes your full name and scores so the scores can be verified.

Mathematics Placement

If you have received transfer credit for a college mathematics course, then you may register for a mathematics course at the next level.

If you took AP Calculus in high school, and scored 4 or 5 on the Calculus AB national exam, you may receive transfer credit for Calculus I (MATH 156). If your score on the national exam was 3, you will not receive transfer credit for Calculus I, but you may register for that course or any lower level math course without further testing.

If you scored 570 or above on the mathematics component of the SAT or if you scored 23 or higher on the mathematics component of the ACT and you wish to register for College Algebra I (MATH 006), you may do so without further testing.

If you scored 620 or above on the mathematics component of the SAT or if you scored 28 or higher on the mathematics component of the ACT and you wish to register for Calculus I (MATH 156), you may do so without further testing.

If your SAT or ACT score does not place you in the math course that you want, you may wish to prepare yourself for the math placement exam (MPE) by enrolling in a customized self-paced online ALEKS program to shore up your skills at to www.aleks.com. If you do not have the requisite SAT/ACT score, you will not be allowed to register for a math course without taking the MPE. The exam will be given at each of the orientation sessions held this summer.

If you are “rusty” in your math skills, or in any case you suspect you are less-than-adept in areas of math that you need to be skilled at, you may wish to enroll in an ALEKS prep course before taking the Math Placement Exam. Although this course will costs you $33 for a six-week access code, it may save you $5,100 for a 3-credit course you do not feel that you need or want, and it may even save you from an extra semester in college!  Please read the course requirements for your major to see what your mathematics requirements are and what math courses are prerequisites to other courses required for your major.

There are six prep courses to choose between, and you should choose the lowest for which you know you have serious deficiencies. However, there is a process described below by which you may transfer to another course should you find you have over or underestimated your readiness to review at a particular level or you complete a level with access time still available on your account.

To register

  1. Go to www.aleks.com
  2. Click on the link marked “New User? Sign Up Now!” on the upper left corner of the page.
  3. Under “Using ALEKS with a Class,” enter the 10-character course code given below into the boxes provided, and click on “Continue.” Verify the course information and click on “Continue.”
  4. During the registration process, you will be given a login name and will create a password. Write down your login name and password, and keep them in a safe place. You will need them to access your ALEKS account in the future.
  5. Go to www.aleks.com and enter your ALEKS login name and password in the Registered Users area and click on “LOGIN.”

The prep courses and corresponding registration codes available are:

  • Prep for Beginning Algebra / Basic Math II (ACAD 015) – Su 2014; Course code: FENJA-CGCJU
  • Prep for College Algebra / MATH 006 – Su 2014; Course code: CN996-JRPQQ
  • Prep for PreCalculus / College Algebra II (MATH 010) – Su 2014; Course code: ALTQ4-49EMW
  • Prep for PreCalculus / MATH 007– Su 2014; Course code: 6WAQJ-FWUPH
  • Preparation for Calculus / MATH 026 – Su 2014; Course code: QV3X4-CJTV9
  • Preparation for Calculus with Limits / MATH 156– Su 2014; Course code: J6TFT-UGX94

Note that there are two “Algebra” prep courses – one prepares you for taking Basic Math II in the fall, the other for taking College Algebra I.

Also there are two “PreCalculus” prep classes – one prepares you for taking College Algebra II (no trig), the other for taking Precalculus (includes trig).

Finally, there are two Calculus prep classes – one to prepare you for taking Applied Calculus (think of it as “business calculus”), the other for Calculus I (think of it as “engineering calculus”)

To switch to a new class click on the “Switch to a new class” option under the “Actions” menu. This option will always be available when you have access time remaining. Enter the new class code and click on the “Switch” button.

Note that completing an ALEKS course does NOT give you credit for any course, and it does NOT guarantee your placement at any particular level of math. This is a tool to help you prepare yourself to demonstrate sufficient proficiency on the Math Placement Exam to enroll in a course.

Some useful information about ALEKS from McGraw-Hill

  • ALEKS Tutorial
    After Registration you will take a brief "Tutorial," or introduction to the ALEKS interface. It shows you how to enter the various kinds of answers you may be called on to give in ALEKS. Please note that you can always return to particular parts of the Tutorial by using the “Help” button in ALEKS (see below).
  • ALEKS Assessment
    Following the Tutorial, you will be assessed to determine the correct starting point for your work in the course content. As you make progress, you will be automatically reassessed at regular intervals to check retention and provide review as needed (see above, “Assessments in ALEKS”).
  • ALEKS Pie Chart.
    The results of your assessment are shown in a color-keyed pie chart. The pie chart itself represents the course curriculum and its various parts; each slice of the pie chart represents a part of the curriculum, and is filled in with solid color (from the center outward) to show the extent of your current mastery in that part of the curriculum. If you move your mouse pointer around the slices, they will pop out and display lists of items that you are currently ready to work on. Click on any one of these items to begin working in the Learning Mode. Your goal is to fill in the slices of the pie chart, demonstrating your mastery of the course curriculum.
  • ALEKS Learning Mode
    Most of your time in ALEKS will be spent in Learning Mode, working practice problems. ALEKS can provide a nearly unlimited variety of practice problems, but in most cases you will do only a few problems per topic in order to establish your grasp of the concept. Every time you do a problem, ALEKS will give you immediate feedback on your answer and tell you how many more problems you need to do for that topic. Note that if you make mistakes, ALEKS requires a little extra practice, but it doesn't start you over; you always get credit for the problems that you have answered correctly. Timing Out.ALEKS will automatically terminate your session after 10 minutes if there has been no activity in your account. There is no warning message before the session is terminated. If this occurs, simply log back on. ALEKS will bring you back exactly to where you left off.
  • ALEKS Buttons
    The following is a brief summary of the main buttons you will need in ALEKS, and what they do.

    • Explain: This button leads to an explanation and solution of the given practice problem. If you choose to view the solution, you will not get the same problem back again for practice, but rather a different problem of the same type.
    • Dictionary: This button leads to an online dictionary of terms. Terms appearing in the Learning Mode are also hyperlinked to corresponding entries in the Dictionary.
    • Help: This button leads to a selection of Tutorial pages that you can access if you don’t know how to enter your answer.
    • Next: This button submits your answer to the problem.
    • Browser Buttons: Please do not use the “Back” and “Forward” buttons on your browser while logged on to ALEKS. They may produce undesired results, and all necessary navigation features are built into ALEKS itself.
  • Support

    If you have registration issues or technical questions regarding ALEKS at any point during the summer, please contact ALEKS customer support at http://support.aleks.com.