Judith Herb College of Education

Placement Tests

The University of Toledo provides incoming students with an innovative and convenient option to complete placement testing. Placement tests are needed so your academic advisor can best assist you with registering for the most appropriate courses.  When needed, placement tests must be completed before your first advising appointment.

For any questions related to placement tests please contact jhcoeadvising@utoledo.edu.

Requirements by program

Early Childhood Education (Pre-K-5)

If the student's Math ACT score is less than 20 or there is no ACT score on file, then the ALEKS math placement test is required.

ALEKS math placement test 

Special Education/Intervention Specialist (K-12)

If the student's Math ACT score is less than 20 or there is no ACT score on file, then the ALEKS math placement test is required.

ALEKS math placement test 

Multi-age Foreign Language (Pre K-12)

Foreign language placement test required.

If you have one or more years of foreign language from high school, take the placement test in that language if you intend to continue it in college. The test covers grammatical structures, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. French, German, and Spanish foreign language placement tests can be completed at the Test Center (Field House, Room 1080).

Middle Childhood Education (grade 4-9) with teaching area of Math

Trigonometry placement test required.

If the student's Math ACT is less than 27, then the college algebra test is also required.

The ALEKS math placement test would replace both math tests.

Adolescent Young Adult (grade 7-12) with teaching area of Math

Trigonometry placement test required.

If the student's Math ACT is less than 27, then the college algebra test is also required.

The ALEKS math placement test would replace both math tests.

Adolescent Young Adult (grade 7-12) with teaching area of Science

Trigonometry placement test required.

If the student's Math ACT is less than 27, then the college algebra test is also required.

The ALEKS math placement test would replace both math tests. 

In most cases, students are required to take a chemistry placement test. Exceptions occur if you have (a) an AP Chemistry score of 3 or higher, (b) transfer credit equivalent to CHEM 1090 or CHEM 1230 at UT, or if (c) you have not completed any high school chemistry course.

If you have not completed at least one year of high school chemistry you will enroll in CHEM 1090 Elementary Chemistry, before taking CHEM 1230.

There is no fee for the ALEKS Chemistry Placement Test. 

Take ALEKS Chemistry Placement Test

Other programs

The following programs do not require placement tests.

  • Multi-age Visual Arts (PreK-12)
  • Multi-age Music (PreK-12)
  • Middle Childhood Education (grade 4-9) with teaching area of Language Arts
  • Middle Childhood Education (grade 4-9) with teaching area of Science
  • Middle Childhood Education (grade 4-9) with teaching area of Social Studies
  • Adolescent Young Adult (grade 7-12) with teaching area of Language Arts
  • Adolescent Young Adult (grade 7-12) with teaching area of Social Studies

ALEKS Math Placement Test

ALEKS is an online system that uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately assess student knowledge.  It can be accessed on any computer with internet access that meets the system requirements. Any education students who require math placement testing are strongly advised to take the online ALEKS test to allow appropriate math placement. There is a nominal cost to register for ALEKS, which includes online tutorials to improve your knowledge and the opportunity to retake the list to improve your math placement. If the end result is a higher math placement, it is well worth the nominal cost. 

Take ALEKS math placement test

Last Updated: 6/27/22