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Calculus/Pre-Calculus Placement Tests

The ALEKS Program and Calculus/Pre-Calculus Placement Tests are for INCOMING students (freshmen or transfers) only.

 

Please Note: Students do not have to take a placement test
unless they do not meet the criteria outlined here!

 

Spring 2014 Calculus/Pre-Calculus Placement Testing Date: Monday, January 26, 2015. Time and place TBA.

On this page, you will find:


Past results have shown that to be successful, students should plan to take the placement testing soon after the end of their online ALEKS training. Please note that there is a $10 charge to take the placement test, to be paid on the day the test is administered. Also, calculators may NOT be used for the test.

Students who need to take the exam must have  spent at least 10 hours of work on the ALEKS system and demonstrated a 70% mastery of the topics, as assessed by ALEKS. Since space is limited, they must also register in advance with the Mathematics and Statistics department. Please contact Laurie Wanat at wanatl@tcnj.edu with your PAWS ID number and the test you want to take a minimum 48 hours before the test date. Please note that the six-week trial period begins immediately after you register for the course, so you should not begin your ALEKS work until no more than 6-8 weeks before the testing date.  Please do not register for the ALEKS course until you have the time to spend studying the material.  Please note that there is a $10 charge to take the placement test, to be paid on the day the test is administered.


Information about the ALEKS “Prep for Calculus” Course

If you need to take the ALEKS course, “Prep for Calculus,” please follow these steps  (a graphical .pdf file illustrating these steps can be found here):

  1. To register for the course, go to the link http://www.aleks.com/sign_up
  2. In the orange box on the left, entitled “Using ALEKS with a Class?”, enter the Course Code M3NJA-CXAP6. This is the code for the “Prep for Calculus” course.  Hit Enter
  3. You will see a screen confirming that you are enrolling in TCNJ’s  “Prep for Calculus” course with Professor Hagedorn, one of the co-chairs of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, listed as the instructor. If you see this, click on “Continue.”
  4. You will now see a screen asking you to enter your access code. Click on the link “purchase an access code online” to purchase one.
  5. You will now be at a screen entitled “ALEKS Prep for Calculus (6 weeks)”. For $30, you can purchase an access code that will give you six weeks access to the online course “Prep for Calculus.” Please enter the necessary personal and payment information. Our school is “The College of New Jersey.” Once the purchase is done, you will be given a 20 digit access code for the course.
  6. You should enter the access code on the screen “Enter your Access Code.” You will then need to enter your student information on the next screen. Please enter your real name as this is the information TCNJ will use. Please enter your TCNJ Id number for “Student ID#”
  7. ALEKS will now give you a Login name that you will use. You will then need to check if a plugin needs to be downloaded to your computer. If it is needed please download and install the plugin. The installation should be done automatically.
  8. The ALEKS program will then lead you through a set of steps that instruct you how to use the system and enter answers in a way that ALEKS will understand. This can be a bit tedious but ensures you know what to do.
  9. Finally, you will begin an assessment test of your current knowledge. The test can take awhile so be sure you have plenty of time, such as two hours, for it. Based on the results, ALEKS will show you a pie graph that visually demonstrates how many topics in Pre-Calculus you have mastered. It will also show you topics that you haven’t mastered yet.
  10. By clicking on the pie-graph and then working problems in areas that you have not mastered, you will gain mastery of new topics.  TCNJ expects that you will have mastery of 70% of the topics to be prepared for the Calculus placement exam.

Information about the ALEKS “Prep for Pre-Calculus” Course

If you need to take the ALEKS course, “Prep for Pre-Calculus,” please follow these steps  (a graphical .pdf file illustrating these steps can be found here):

  1. To register for the course, goto the link http://www.aleks.com/sign_up
  2. In the orange box on the left, entitled “Using ALEKS with a Class?”, enter the Course Code  FE9UT-3336J. This is the code for TCNJ’s Summer 2012 “Prep for Pre-Calculus” course.  Hit Enter
  3. You will see a screen confirming that you are enrolling in TCNJ’s “Prep for Pre-Calculus” course with Professor Hagedorn, one of the co-chairs of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, listed as the instructor. If you see this, click on “Continue.”
  4. You will now see a screen asking you to enter your access code. Click on the link “purchase an access code online” to purchase one.
  5. You will now be at a screen entitled “ALEKS Prep for Pre-Calculus (6 weeks)”. For $30, you can purchase an access code that will give you six weeks access to the online course “Prep for Pre-Calculus.” Please enter the necessary personal and payment information. Our school is “The College of New Jersey.” Once the purchase is done, you will be given a 20 digit access code for the course.
  6. You should enter the access code on the screen “Enter your Access Code.” You will then need to enter your student information on the next screen. Please enter your real name as this is the information TCNJ will use. Please enter your TCNJ Id number for “Student ID#”
  7. ALEKS will now give you a Login name that you will use. You will then need to check if a plugin needs to be downloaded to your computer. If it is needed please download and install the plugin. The installation should be done automatically.
  8. The ALEKS program will then lead you through a set of steps that instruct you how to use the system and enter answers in a way that ALEKS will understand. This can be a bit tedious but ensures you know what to do.
  9. Finally, you will begin an assessment test of your current knowledge. The test can take awhile so be sure you have plenty of time, such as two hours, for it. Based on the results, ALEKS will show you a pie graph that visually demonstrates how many topics in Intermediate Algebra you have mastered. It will also show you topics that you haven’t mastered yet.
  10. By clicking on the pie-graph and then working problems in areas that you have not mastered, you will gain mastery of new topics.  TCNJ expects that you will have mastery of 70% of the topics to be prepared for the Pre-Calculus placement exam.

Information About the Calculus and Pre-Calculus Placement Examination

Students who need to take the exam must register in advance with the Mathematics and Statistics department (Please contact Laurie Wanat at wanatl@tcnj.edu with your name, PAWS ID number and the test you want to take).

This test is only for students who have completed at least 10 hours of the online ALEKS course and demonstrated a 70% mastery of the topics, as assessed by ALEKS.  Students who have not taken ALEKS will not be given the placement test and will be placed according to their SAT and ACT-math scores.

The specific times for the placement test will be posted on our website the week before Welcome Week.  Please note that there is a $10 charge to take the placement test, to be paid on the day the test is administered. Calculators may not be used for the test.

To take the placement test, students will need to have spent at least 10 hours of work on the ALEKS system and demonstrated a 70% mastery of the topics, as assessed by ALEKS.

  • Students who take the “Prep for Pre-Calculus” course will take the Pre-Calculus placement exam to gauge if they are ready to take MAT 096: Pre-Calculus. If the Pre-Calculus placement test is passed, students will be able to register for MAT 096: Pre-Calculus.
  • Students who take the “Prep for Calculus” course will take the Calculus placement exam to gauge if they are ready to take Calculus. If the Calculus placement test is passed, students will be able to register for MAT 125 or MAT 127.

 

* Please ignore any references in ALEKS to “Summer 2012.” The course is good for whatever year you take it in.

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