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Information for

English and Math Placement

Foreign Language
Students who believe they are proficient in a foreign language have the option of taking a test to demonstrate their proficiency. 
Please contact us for more information: undergraduatestudies@howard.edu

ALEKS Practice Test
The Math Placement Examination (MPE) is administered through McGraw-Hill’s Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) program. Please note that transfer students must take language and math placement exams to help assure you will be registered in the correct course.

Transfer students are encouraged to start practicing their math skills in ALEKS. Students should have already received an email regarding this opportunity.

ALEKS is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system that quickly and accurately assesses a student’s level of mathematic proficiency.

Upon using the course code RERFG-9GNEU and your Howard Bison Email in the ALEKS registration process, you will be able to take the initial diagnostic assessment, and a customized learning plan will be generated for you. The ALEKS program will work with you through the prep and learning module you select to improve your math deficiencies so that you are prepared for college level mathematics.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete their learning plan prior to taking the mandatory Math Placement Exam. You must spend a minimum of three hours in the learning plan, but you should spend as much time as necessary in this review stage to reach your goal.

The proctored MPE that you take following the learning plan will determine math course eligibility and placement.

Academic Advisers will be available during New Student Orientation to answer questions regarding major/program requirements.

Students meeting the following criteria are exempt from the Math Placement Exam:

  • Score of “3” on the Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB exam — eligible to enroll in Calculus I
  • Score of “4 or higher” on the Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB exam — will earn credit for Calculus I
  • Score of “3” on the Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC exam — will earn credit for Calculus I, eligible to enroll in Calculus II
  • Score of “4 or higher” on Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC exam — will earn credit for Calculus I and Calculus II