Calculus Placement Exam

For all questions regarding the Calculus Placement Exam or ALEKS PPL, e-mail us
Our staff cannot answer individual questions over the phone. In your e-mail, please include your full name, SJSU ID number, your major, and whether you are a returning student or incoming freshman.


About the CPE

If you are in a major that requires calculus or advanced mathematics, you may be asked to take the Calculus Placement Exam (CPE) to demonstrate readiness first. The Calculus Placement Exam at SJSU is conducted through ALEKS PPL, an adaptive online program that uses artificial intelligence to map a student's strengths and weaknesses.

It consists of 3 parts:
1. Initial Placement Assessment (30 questions, about 60-90 minutes to complete)
2. Prep and Learning Module (individualized, self-paced online review)
3. Access to 2 Placement Assessments (proctored by the SJSU Testing Office)

How to Begin

Students begin on their own by completing the Initial Placement Assessment.

After you finish the Initial Placement Assessment, use the Prep and Learning Module to help refresh knowledge on forgotten topics. We encourage students to spend time in the Prep and Learning Module; time spent in ALEKS will ultimately lead to better preparation and improved grades on both the placement assessment and in math classes.


Taking the Placement Assessment

When you are ready for the Placement Assessment, e-mail the Testing Office to schedule an appointment. In your e-mail, mention your full name, SJSU ID number, and your major. Available times are 9:00am, 11:30am, and 2:00pm, Monday through Friday. Most students will take around two hours to finish.

Upon arrival, present a current photo ID. A fee of $20 will be collected (cash/check only).

If you live more than 50 miles away from SJSU, you may have your Placement Assessment proctored at another CSU testing office, or at a college/university test center in your area. Click here for more information.


After the Test

Your score will automatically be uploaded at the end of the day. The score will be used to recommend the highest possible math course for your major.

For information on minimum score requirements, click here.

You may retake the placement assessment one time. Only the highest score will be counted. For best possible scoring, students are encouraged to spend time in the Prep and Learning Module before retaking the placement assessment. E-mail the office when you are ready.