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NSU Math Placement Test Information

Important Reminder

Students must be registered through the Office of New Student Orientation in order to take the NSU math placement test.

Math Placement Test Deadline Dates
All tests, and re-tests, must be completed by these dates.
Deadline Date Academic College or School
Thursday, June 16, 2022 College of Science, Engineering and Technology
Thursday, July 7, 2022 College of Liberal Arts
Thursday, July 21, 2022 School of Business, Education and Social Work
Thursday, August 4, 2022 All Academic Schools
Thursday, August 11, 2022  All Academic Schools

Transfer Students and students with Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits for advanced math courses are not required to take the NSU Mathematics Placement Test. 

ALEKS PPL testing requires the use of the Respondus LockDown Browser and will not work with Chromebooks.

Click here for a quick link to the NSU Math Placement Cutoff Score Table

NSU Online Remote Math placement Testing through aleks ppl

ALEKSPPL Placement, Preparation and Learning

ALEKSPPL McGraw Hill PPL - Placement, Preparation, and Learning
More than just a placement test: Accurately measure student's math readiness and repair learning loss.

what you need to know before testing

The NSU Math Placement Test is administered online through McGraw-Hill ALEKS PPL.  The exam requires the use of the internet and a webcam. 

If you do not have a computer with access to the internet and a webcam, you may request access at your current high school to search for a local public library in your state, which may provide you with the required computer access.  Click here to request access.

To access the exam, you will be required to log in to MyNSU using the University provided username and password. Contact the Office of Information Technology (OIT) Client Services at (757) 823-8678 for MyNSU or Blackboard assistance. 

Student Responsibilities

  1. Arrange to test in a well-lit, quiet environment that is conducive to maximum test performance.
  2. Perform a self-test of the computer and browser functionality in advance of the test.
  3. When prompted, you must scan your entire testing environment, including your desktop
  4. You should have scratch paper and pencils on your desktop, prior to starting your environmental scan.
  5. Your camera is to remain focused on your face, chin to forehead,  for the entirety of the exam.
  6. Clear cell phones, smartwatches, and all other prohibited devices from the desk or table.
  7. No other computer monitors, screens or tablets should be on during the exam.
  8. No headsets or earplugs are allowed.
  9. Students are not allowed to talk or communicate with others during the proctor session.
  10. Consequences for violating testing protocol may result in invalidation of test results.

Accommodations for ALEKS PPL

If you need accessibility or testing accommodations, please get these approved by the NSU Office of Accessibility Services and International Students (O.A.S.I.S.) before activating your ALEKS PPL account. 

Please note this process can take some time. Accommodations must be approved before activating your ALEKS PPL account.

When your accommodations have been approved, contact Testing Services for instructions on how to register for the designated ALEKS PPL cohort.


Watch this short video about ALEKS PPL then see additional information below to register.

Welcome to ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (PPL)

ALEKS PPL registration and Access

Please take this test seriously and do your best; as this will determine how many math classes you will need to take.

Follow the steps below to activate and register your ALEKS PPL account. Please note that registration requires an active NSU email account.

  • Step 1: Activate Your ALEKS PPL Account
    • To activate your account and access ALEKS PPL, click here.
  • Step 2: Practice
    • After your first ALEKS PPL is complete, the system will suggest a Preparation and Learning Module. An individualized study plan will be created based on your performance on the Placement Assessment. ALEKS PPL will identify what you know and what you are ready to learn next so you can brush up on lost knowledge. You must wait 48 hours and complete at least 5 hours of work in the Preparation and Learning Module before you are able to take another ALEKS PPL.
    • The highest ALEKS PPL score will be used for course placement.


If a student places out of the math course required for the major curricula (ex. MTH 103), they have three options to acquire credit for the course. 

(1) Take the required course  

(2) Take a higher level MTH course as a substitute for the required course or

(3) Take the appropriate CLEP exam to receive credit-by-examination for the required course: We have partnered with Modern States to allow you the opportunity to receive free test preparation and receive a voucher to take the CLEP exam, at no cost to you.

NSU Math Placement Cutoff Scores

Score School of Business Majors College of Science, Engineering and Technology Majors College of Liberal Arts Majors School of Social Work Majors School of Education Majors

76 thru 100 

   MTH 184-Calclus 1      
61 thru 75 MTH 132-Calculus for Business Majors MTH 153-College Algebra and Trigonometry MTH 153-College Algebra and Trigonometry   MTH 142-Elements of Mathematics for Teachers II
46 thru 60 MTH 131-Pre-Calculus for Business Majors or  MTH 250-Elementary Statistics MTH 151-College Algebra or  MTH 250-Elementary Statistics MTH 151-College Algebra or  MTH 250-Elementary Statistics   MTH 141-Elements of Mathematics for Teachers I
30 thru 45 MTH 105-Intermediate Algebra MTH 105-Intermediate Algebra  MTH 105-Intermediate Algebra   MTH 105-Intermediate Algebra
14 thru 29 MTH 102-Essentials of Algebra MTH 102-Essentials of Algebra MTH 103-Mathematics in General Education MTH 103-Mathematics in General Education MTH 103-Mathematics in General Education
0 thru 13 MTH 102-Essentials of Algebra MTH 102-Essentials of Algebra MTH 102-Essentials of Algebra MTH 102-Essentials of Algebra MTH 102-Essentials of Algebra
For School of Social Work majors, if you score above 30 and want to be placed in an advanced math course, please contact the Mathematics Department Chairperson, Dr. Anne M. Fernando at
Last updated:  05/20/2021  10:30 a.m. (EST)

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