ALEKS Math Assessment for Transfer Students

Penn State uses the ALEKS Math Assessment to determine readiness and prerequisites in many disciplines. As a transfer student, completing ALEKS may be a good option for you, depending on what course work you’ve already completed and are transferring to Penn State. If you think you should complete ALEKS, you must have a conversation with your academic adviser.

To guide your discussion with an academic adviser please answer these questions below. They are meant to help you determine whether ALEKS is appropriate for you. There are two sets of questions: one for quantification (math or statistics) and one for science (physics or chemistry). Before proceeding, you may want to review the instructions on how to use the University Bulletin, found here

For Quantification Courses:

  1. Visit the University Bulletin, search your intended major, identify the quantification (math or statistics) requirements.
  2. Did you complete the quantification requirement or immediate prerequisite for your intended major at a previous institution*?
    • If yes, was it a direct equivalent? Then no need for ALEKS. Be sure to send your final transcript to Penn State.
    • If no, you may need to complete ALEKS. Discuss this with your academic adviser.

For Science Courses:

  1. Visit the University Bulletin, search your intended major. Does your intended major require any of the following courses: PHYS 211, PHYS 212, PHYS 250, CHEM 110, CHEM 130?
  2. Did you complete that required course (PHYS 211, PHYS 212, PHYS 250, CHEM 110, CHEM 130) or immediate prerequisite at a previous institution*?
    • If yes, was it a direct equivalent? Then no need for ALEKS. Be sure to send your final transcript to Penn State.
    • If no, you may need to complete ALEKS. Discuss this with your academic adviser.

Please remember that if you transfer a course and it is designated as “General Transfer Credit” (XFRGEN) by Penn State, this means that it may not directly correspond to a Penn State course (either due to differences in content or credits); therefore, they are listed as general credits. General Transfer Credit does not serve to meet prerequisite requirements and may not fulfill General Education requirements.

*To find out if your quantification or science course transfers as a direct equivalent, please visit our transfer credit tool or review your transfer credits in your offer packet.

This information is provided as a guide to help you in your conversation with an academic adviser. Your adviser may recommend that you do or do not complete ALEKS after your conversation.