Math Diagnostic

Which test should I take?

Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic (IAD) or ALEKS PPL

This test is required for the following classes:

  • Math 9
  • Math 11
  • Math 17
  • Math 24
  • Math 26A
  • Math 29
  • Math 29A
  • Math 107A
  • Stat 1
  • Chem 1A
  • Chem 4

Calculus Readiness (CR) or ALEKS PPL

This test is required for:

  • Math 30
  • Chem 1E

IAD/CR Test Information


Note: The Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic (IAD) and Calculus Readiness (CR) test are no longer being offered. The department is now using the ALEKS PPL Placement Assessment.

IAD and CR test scores are valid for two semesters. Scores obtained after March 2017 are valid for Spring 2018 math courses.

IAD and CR test scores are not available online. During the semester, test scores are available in the Math Lab, BRH 118.

An ALEKS PPL Placement Assessment must be taken if an IAD or CR test score is no longer valid unless a mathematics or statistics course with an equivalent or higher diagnostic test prerequisite has been taken at Sacramento State within the past two semesters.

A grade of "C-" or higher in a course with an equivalent or higher diagnostic test prerequisite taken through the Math Department at Sacramento State can be used in place of a diagnostic test score for two semesters from the end of the course.

A valid and passing Caluclus Readiness (CR) test score can be used in place of an Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic (IAD) test score.

A proctored ALEKS PPL Placement Assessment score may be used in place of an IAD or CR test score.

Diagnostic testing is coordinated by Barbara Morris. She is available during the semester in the Math Lab, BRH 118, and by email at morrisb@csus.edu.

Math Lab Information:

Drop-in tutoring is available for lower division math courses in the Math Lab.

Location: BRH 118

Tutoring Hours:
M-Th 9:00am - 5:00pm
F 9:00am - 1:00pm

IAD and CR test scores are not available online. During the semester, test scores are available in the Math Lab, BRH 118.

What test to take:

Diagnostic Test Courses

IAD / ALEKS PPL

Math 9
Math 11
Math 17
Math 24
Math 26A
Math 29
Math 29A
Math 107A
Stat 1
Chem 4
Chem 1A

CR / ALEKS PPL

Math 30
Chem 1E

Upcoming Test Dates:

The IAD and CR tests are no longer being offered by the department. The department is now using the ALEKS PPL Placement Assessment.

Test Score Result Information:

Scores in the "Advisory Qualification" range will satisfy course prerequisites. The score indicates that some review is necessary.

Diagnostic Test Course Action Based on Test Score

Intermediate Algebra Diagnostic
(IAD)

Math 9

If your score is 8 or less, take MLSK 7A/B or MLSK 10.

If your score is 9 to 13, advisory qualification for Math 9.

If your score is 14 to 26, qualifies to stay in Math 9.

Math 11

If your score is 8 or less, take MLSK7A/B or MLSK10.

If your score is 9 to 19, take Math 9.

If your score is 20 to 26, qualifies to take Math 11.

Math 17

Math 107A

If your score is 8 or less, take MLSK7A/B or MLSK10.

If your score is 9 to 19, take Math 9.

If your score is 20 to 23, qualifies to take Math 9 or Math 11.

If your score is 24 to 28, advisory qualification for Math 17 or Math 107A.

If your score is 29 or more, qualifies for Math 17 or Math 107A.

Math 24

Math 26A

Math 29

Math 29A

Stat 1

If your score is 8 or less, take MLSK7A/B or MLSK10.

If your score is 9 to 19, take Math 9.

If your score is 20 to 26, qualifies to take Math 9 or Math 11.

If your score is 27 to 31, advisory qualification for the course.

If your score is 32 or more, qualifies for the course

Calculus Readiness
(CR)

Math 30

If your score is 19 or less, take Math 9.

If your score is 20 to 26, take Math 11.

If your score is 27 to 31, advisory qualification for Precalculus (Math 29/Math 29A).

If your score is 32 to 35, qualifies for Math 29 or Math 29A.

If your score is 36 to 40, advisory qualification for Math 30.

If your score is 41 of more, qualifies for Math 30.