Placement Assessments

To determine which Placement Assessments you are required to take (English, Math, and/or Foreign Language), visit your Next Steps channel in TUportal.

Please note: Certain schools and colleges require that all incoming students take placement assessments regardless of SAT/ACT scores or transfer credit.  

All students are required to complete the New Student Questionnaire (NSQ) accessible via Next Steps in TUportal

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I prepare for Placement Assessments?

The Placement Assessment website has more information about the Math, English, and Foreign Language Placement Assessments including descriptions of the assessments, time limits, how to prepare, what to review and expect, and sample and practice assessments. This website does not contain a link to complete the assessments. Instead, they are available via your Next Steps channel in TUportal.

When can I complete my Placement Assessments?

The online Placement Assessment system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We strongly recommend you complete the Placement Assessments as soon as possible. Students cannot register for Academic Advising and Course Registration until the required placement assessments have been completed. 

Can I fail the Placement Assessments?

Students cannot fail Placement Assessments but doing well may reduce the number of courses needed for your degree. The results will be used to place you at the appropriate subject level for English, Math and Foreign Language courses.

When do I receive my results?

Math placement results are available immediately through ALEKS and posted to your Placement Results channel in TUportal within 2-3 business days after completion. English placement results are posted to your Placement Results channel approximately one week after taking the assessment, beginning in mid-May. Foreign Language Assessment results are posted to your Placement Results channel in TUportal within 2-3 business days after completion. 

How do I request accommodations for Placement Assessments?

If you require accommodations for Placement Assessments, please visit the Disability Resources and Services website. It is very important to request an accommodation before taking your assessments.

I’m taking a class now that will fulfill my Math/English requirement. Do I need to take a placement assessment? 

Yes, you will need to take the placement assessment so that you can move forward with Orientation. Once you complete this course and it is transferred to Temple, you can discuss with your advisor which placement result is best for you and your program of study.  More information can be found on the Placement Assessment website,  Information for Incoming Students.  

Why is the math assessment proctored?  

The goal of the math assessment is to place you in the appropriate math level and coursework so that you build the skills you need to be successful at Temple.  While you should take these assessments seriously, the goal is not simply to achieve a high score.  On the contrary, when students are placed into Math courses for which they are not prepared, that can result in poor grades or dropped classes which can slow your overall academic progress and lower your GPA.  Therefore, it is important that you take an assessment independently and are placed into courses that demonstrate your ability. A proctored environment promotes the overall accuracy of the assessment and we have found that students tend to be more successful in their first Math course at Temple when they have taken the ALEKS placement assessment in a proctored setting versus an un-proctored setting.  

What is ProctorU? 

ProctorU is a live, online proctoring service that allows you to take your ALEKS math assessment from home while also in a proctored environment.  ProctorU is an approved Temple University vendor and has appropriate privacy and security standards in place for the type of data it handles.  

What are the requirements for using ProctorU? 

To set up your assessment, make an appointment with ProctorU.  To do that, go to Next Steps on TUportal, click the ALEKS math assessment step and follow the instructions to schedule a proctoring appointment. You will need a high-speed internet connection (a standard Wi-Fi or wired connection is recommended), webcam and microphone, a Windows or Apple Operating System, and a government issued photo ID.  Your workspace should be clear of other materials.  For more details about preparing for your proctoring session, visit the ProctorU website.