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Math and Geometry Placement

All Testing Centers are open on a walk-in basis.

No appointment is needed for placement testing. View the hours of operation for each location or call (630) 942-2401 for more information.

Math Placement Requirements

Students can meet Math requirements using any of the following:

  • A prerequisite college math course, at College of DuPage or another institution, with a grade of C or higher. For math classes taken at another institution, transcripts must be submitted and evaluated by the Office of Student Records.
  • A proctored ALEKS PPL score from another institution. Score must be less than 12 months old. Test scores can be submitted through a student's ALEKS PPL account or sent to alekstesting@cod.edu from the other institution's testing center.
  • An ACT math score of 22 or a SAT math score of 530 for Math 1218 or 1220 only. Scores must be less than 30 months old.
  • An A, B, or C grade from an Illinois high school senior year Transitional Math course completed in the last 18 months may allow placement into some math courses. If a TM code is included in the high school transcript, it can be sent to HStranscript@cod.edu.
  • A COD ALEKS PPL math placement test

The ALEKS PPL Math Placement Test

  1. Login to inside.cod.edu with your COD username and password. For assistance logging in, contact the Student Help Desk at (630) 942-2999 or studenthelp@dupage.edu
  2. In the Math Placement Test section click the "Test 1 or Prep and Learning Module" link to either take Test 1 or work in the Prep and Learning Module. If taking Test 1, click "Get Started" on your Placement Assessment. Note: Your Test 1 score will be used to recommend an individualized study plan in the ALEKS Prep and Learning module and cannot be used for course placement.
  3. Complete Test 1 or review in the Prep and Learning module until you feel ready to take a proctored test.

  1. Review Math Placement Test Guidelines and FAQs.
  2. Take a proctored test at one of the five testing locations.

Note: Your Test 2, 3 and 4 scores will be used for course placement. For help with your ALEKS PPL account, email alekstesting@cod.edu.

  1. Review Math Placement Test Guidelines and FAQs.
  2. If you are taking Test 3 – you will need to work a minimum of 3 hours in the Prep and Learning Module. Tests are locked until you complete the required time in your Prep and Learning module.
  3. If you are taking Test 4 – you will need to work a minimum of 5 additional hours in the Prep and Learning Module. Tests are locked until you complete the required time in your Prep and Learning module.
  4. Once you have met your Prep and Learning Module requirement, take a proctored test at one of the five testing locations.

Note: Your Test 2, 3 and 4 scores will be used for course placement. For help with your ALEKS PPL account, email alekstesting@cod.edu.

When you finish your test, refer to the cut score chart for course placement.

To discuss your options, contact Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services at (630) 942-2259.

For more information about math placement, contact Math Assistance by:

ALEKS Geometry

Registration for the following Math courses require a Geometry Placement test score: 0482, 1321, 1322, 1428 and 1431.

You may not need to take a Geometry Placement test if you have one of the following:

  • A prerequisite math course with a grade of C or higher. For math classes taken at another institution, transcripts must be submitted and evaluated by the Office of Student Records.
  • A previous College of DuPage ALEKS Geometry score that meets the minimum score requirements.
  • Other test scores

  1. Login to inside.cod.edu with your COD username and password. For assistance logging in, contact the Student Help Desk at (630) 942-2999 or studenthelp@dupage.edu
  2. In the Math Placement Test section, click the "Geometry Placement" link to either take your first test (Initial Knowledge Check) or work in Learning your study plan. Note: Your Initial Knowledge Check score will be used to recommend an individualized study plan in ALEKS Geometry and cannot be used for course placement. 
  3. Complete your Initial Knowledge Check or review in your study plan until you feel ready to take a proctored test.

  1. Review Math Placement Test Guidelines and Geometry FAQs.
  2. Take a proctored test at one of the five testing locations.

Note: Your Comprehensive Knowledge Check scores will be used for course placement. The Comprehensive Knowledge check may be taken up to two times.


Contact Information

Academic Testing Center, Glen Ellyn - Main Campus
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2A06, (630) 942-2401, academictesting@cod.edu

Specialized Testing Center, Glen Ellyn - Main Campus
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2A08, testing@cod.edu