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Math Placement Assessment Information

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Review your acceptance letter to determine if you are required to take a math placement assessment. Students who are required to complete a math placement assessment will be notified in their acceptance letter.

This assessment is administered at a Mercy College campus to students before meeting with your academic advisor and attending Mercy College orientation. The math placement assessment measures knowledge in Algebra Problems, Numerical Skills, Trigonometry, Geometry, Integers, Fractions, Decimals, Exponents, Rations and Proportions, Percentages, Averages, Substitution, Setting-up Equations, Basic Operation/Polynomials, Linear Equations, Exponents, and Rational Numbers.

Students who have not taken an Algebra course within the last 7 years and have not earned a minimum of 15 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution of higher education may be required to complete the math placement test before starting classes at Mercy College of Ohio.

If a student has been admitted to either the Nursing or Radiologic Technology program and shows a need for additional coursework in mathematics as identified by the placement testing, the student will not be able to start the clinical portion of the program until the courses are successfully completed. All other students must complete additional coursework within the first two semesters at Mercy College or risk dismissal.

Taking an assessment (either the Accuplacer or the ALEKS PPL) may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours. All assessment proctoring arrangements must be made at least 48 business hours before your academic advising appointment. To schedule the assessment, after you receive your acceptance letter, simply call or email for an appointment:

Students should schedule to take the math placement as soon as possible. Depending on when you plan on enrolling and which placement you will need, your final proctored assessment must be completed PRIOR to meeting with your Advisor to discuss the courses and for registering at Orientation. Information is posted below for your math placement assessment so that you can determine a timeline to take a proctored assessment.

If a student has been admitted to either the Nursing or Radiologic Technology program and shows a need for additional coursework in mathematics as identified by Accuplacer placement testing, the student will not be able to start the clinical portion of the program until the courses are successfully completed. All other students must complete additional coursework within the first two semesters at Mercy College or risk dismissal.

Accuplacer Math Placement Assessment (Summer 2021 Enrollees)

Accuplacer is a computerized assessment that provides information about a student’s math skills and preparation for college-level course work. The assessment is an un-timed placement test. The scores will help place students in courses that develop the necessary skills for success in future classes. A calculator is provided in the software when applicable to the math problem provided. The amount of questions provided varies per student.

Students have two attempts to take the Accuplacer assessment. If a student does not successfully meet Accuplacer cut-off scores after two attempts, he/she will not be allowed to enroll as a student at Mercy College.

Can I practice for the Accuplacer assessment?

A free web-based study app for the Accuplacer assessment is available and can be accessed via the link below.

Accuplacer App

What do the scores mean?

The Accuplacer Placement Test is designed to determine the level of math course a prospective student is academically prepared to handle at Mercy College.

The Accuplacer Placement Test has a pre-determined amount of answers that you must get correct for it to move on to the next test level. Each college provides input as to the amount of answers that need to be correct and scores may vary from different institutions.

The following chart lists the raw scores that a test taker must earn on the Accuplacer Placement Test in order to register for that class. These scores and course placement list are specific to Mercy College.

Accuplacer Next Generation Scores for Course Placement
Arithmetic
200-280
Developmental Math
Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics
+ Arithmetic Score of 281-300
231-249
MTH 100 Basic Algebra
Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
+ Arithmetic Score of 281-300
250-275
MTH 130 College Algebra
MTH 132 Trigonometry
MTH 104 Math Forms, Modules and Probability
MTH 140 Intro to Statistics
MTH 145 Pre-Calculus
Advanced Algebra and Functions
+ Quant. Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics Score of 276-300
265-300
MTH 150 Calculus

Questions regarding your Accuplacer Placement test scores? Please contact:

ALEKS PPL Information (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Enrollees)

Students enrolling in the Fall 2021 semester, students will use the ALEKS PPL (short for “Placement, Preparation and Learning”) program, to assist them in building math skills. ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) is an online assessment and learning tool designed to determine what you know and don’t know, and then provide explanations and practice problems for math concepts/skills that you need.

The ALEKS PPL provides students with an initial assessment to determine their skill level in many areas. Based on the score results of the assessment, ALEKS PPL provides individually designed learning modules to assist students in building their math skills and prepare them for college-level math courses. It is important to be honest when taking the initial assessment, or the modules will not provide the correct module design that you need to navigate college math. More information regarding how the program works can be found at: www.aleks.com.

Students should begin using the program as soon as possible, to allow time to work through the modules and practice assessments. The ALEKS program is available to use 24/7, so you can work on it at your convenience.

How long is the ALEKS Program?

Students take an initial assessment, then progress through their modules (must complete a minimum of 5 hours in each module provided) and can practice taking the assessment three more times (unproctored) before completing the program. Once the program is complete, students must contact the Testing Center to make an appointment to take the final assessment with a proctor. The time limit on assessments is three hours.

How long can I use ALEKS PPL?

Student accounts for Mercy College of Ohio in ALEKS expire after 6 months once the initial assessment is taken. When you receive your acceptance letter and are notified that you need the math placement assessment, you should contact the Testing Center as soon as possible to receive instructions and a code to access the program online.

PLEASE NOTE: Students must have the final assessment completed PRIOR to their scheduled orientation date. You can sign up for orientation here or contact your academic advisor.

What do the scores mean?

The scores of the assessments are determined by the Math and Sciences department, based on the course content. The following scores determine what level of math you are prepared to take:

(0 – 29) = Remedial Math (not offered, no credit)
(30-45) = Math 100
(46-60) = Math 104 - Math 145
(61 – 100) = Math 150

What if I score above what I need for the math course required for my major on the first assessment?

If the score on the first assessment places you into the math course you need for your major, you can:

  • Contact the Testing Center to override the rest of the program and make an appointment to take the final assessment. The proctored final assessment will be your math placement score, regardless of previous scores while using the program.
  • Continue working and practicing the math skills modules provided for you as review and take the final assessment when the modules have been completed.

How do I receive information to begin using the ALEKS program?

Students should contact the Testing Center and will be provided with an email containing information, instructions to log on, system requirements, and a code to access the Mercy College of Ohio tab within the program: