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Placement Examinations

2016-17

Foreign Languages

Students who have studied a foreign language in high school are encouraged to use that knowledge at Augustana. They may apply it toward meeting the graduation requirement in foreign language and may qualify for enrollment in advanced courses. Foreign students for whom English is not the native language satisfy the requirement by successfully completing one 3-credit course in American or British literature.

Students with any previous experience in a language offered at Augustana (Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Spanish, Swedish) — whether in high school or in a non-academic context — must take a placement test before registering. The foreign language departments conduct online placement tests prior to Summer Orientation and Registration. These departments and the students’ faculty advisors then continue to provide academic advising in language study as needed.

Mathematics

Placement into mathematics courses is determined by a student's Math Index Score calculated from the high school GPA and ACT score. Incoming students will receive a letter from the Director of First-Year Advising regarding their Math Index Score and placement prior to their Orientation & Registration date. Students who do not have a Math Index Score are required to complete an online placement exam prior to Summer Orientation & Registration. For more information, contact the Director of First-Year Advising at marywindeknecht@augustana.edu.

 

ALEKS Courses at Augustana

ALEKS stands for Assessment and Learning Knowledge Spaces. ALEKS is an online mathematics education tool used by the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Augustana College. Its purpose is to:

  • provide a math placement for incoming students who do not have a Math Index Score (MIS)
  • help incoming students improve their math placement, if desired
  • help new and current students refresh their math skills in preparation for pre-calculus or calculus

 
Two online courses have been created to meet these needs:

  • "Prep for Pre-Calculus"
  • "Prep for Calculus"


Students who do not have a Math Index Score 

If you do not have a high school GPA on file at Augustana or did not take the ACT or SAT, you will not have a Math Index Score. This includes first-year students who applied to Augustana test-optional and did not take the ACT or SAT. Transfer students for whom we have no high school GPA on record and/or no ACT/SAT math scores are included in this group as well. Your placement in math will be determined by the online assessment using the ALEKS "Prep for Calculus" course. Please contact Mary Windeknecht at marywindeknecht@augustana.edu or 309-794-8290 for instructions on how to access the ALEKS assessment. 

Students who want to improve their math placement

If you are not satisfied with your math placement, you have the option of enrolling in the ALEKS course that will help prepare you for the next course level. The cost of enrollment in a course is $38, paid online when you enroll. 

If you placed into Math 090: College Math Preparation, successful completion of the ALEKS "Prep for Pre-Calculus" course will allow you to take Math 218:  Pre-Calculus.  If you placed into Math 218:  Pre-Calculus, successful completion of the ALEKS "Prep for Calculus" course will allow you to take Math 219:  Calculus I. (Completing these ALEKS courses does not give you college credit at Augustana or any other institution.)

The ALEKS "Prep for Calculus" course is not intended to replace the successful completion of a pre-calculus course. It is intended to help refresh the skills of a student who has successfully completed a pre-calculus course but whose MIS does not allow placement into calculus. Students with an MIS placing them into pre-calculus who have not successfully completed a pre-calculus course are advised to register for Math 218: Pre-Calculus.

At the start of your ALEKS course, you will take an assessment that evaluates your current skills and shows your specific strengths and weaknesses. After that assessment, the course automatically targets the areas you need to improve and leads you through tutorials and exercises that will help build your skills. You work independently at your own pace. You will be given assessments along the way to monitor your progress. You have access to the course for up to six weeks, but you can extend your access for an additional cost.

Please keep in mind that if you want to advance to Math 218: Pre-Calculus or Math 219: Calculus, you'll need to complete the ALEKS prep course successfully at least two weeks prior to the start of the term. That will allow us time to review your final assessment and update your records. See your academic advisor to make changes to your schedule.

To enroll in an ALEKS course, have your student ID number ready and go to www.aleks.com. Click on "New User" and enter the appropriate course code under "Using ALEKS with a Class?" Be sure to choose the prep course that corresponds to the course you'd like to take:

  • "Prep for Pre-Calculus" course code:  NY9NY-MNPCQ
  • "Prep for Calculus" course code:  EW4HK-34AHH

After you have completed the ALEKS course, you will receive an email from us letting you know if you have improved your math placement.

If you have questions about using ALEKS, please contact Mary Windeknecht at 309-794-8290 or marywindeknecht@augustana.edu.

Students who want to refresh their math skills

You can enroll in either ALEKS course as desired to prepare for success in pre-calculus or calculus. The online course will assess your math skills and help you to independently learn the skills needed to improve your chances of success in pre-calculus or calculus. (Completing these ALEKS courses does not give you college credit at Augustana or any other institution.) 

At the start of your ALEKS course, you will take an assessment that evaluates your current skills and shows your specific strengths and weaknesses. After that assessment, the course automatically targets the areas you need to improve and leads you through tutorials and exercises that will help build your skills. You work independently at your own pace. You will be given assessments along the way to monitor your progress. You have access to the course for up to six weeks, but you can extend your access for an additional cost.

All you need to get started is your student ID number. The cost of enrollment is $38 per course and is paid online when you enroll.

To enroll, go to www.aleks.com, click on "New User" and enter the appropriate course code under "Using ALEKS with a Class?" Be sure to choose the prep course that corresponds to the course you will take:

  • "Prep for Pre-Calculus" course code:   NY9NY-MNPCQ
  • "Prep for Calculus" course code:     EW4HK-34AHH

New students can contact Mary Windeknecht at marywindeknecht@augustana.edu if they have questions.

Current students can contact Diane Mueller via email at dianemueller@augustana.edu.