For those students planning to take a math course at Northwestern, there are two related online exams to be taken over the summer prior between June 1 and August 1:

  1. ALEKS math skills assessment 
  2. Math placement exam (required for all McCormick students)

ALEKS math skills assessment

ALEKS math skills assessment is required for students planning to take MATH 211, 212, 220, 224, 230, 290, or 291, regardless of their AP scores in math.

Exam link: Mathematics Department

Faculty contact: Professor Martina Bode,

Please note: If your ALEKS score is lower than 75, you are strongly encouraged to use the ALEKS tutorial module (for a $30 cost) to sharpen your skills before starting calculus at Northwestern.

Calculus course numbers and titles:

  • MATH 211: Short Course in Calculus
  • MATH 212: Single-Variable Calculus
  • MATH 220: Differential Calculus of One-Variable Functions
  • MATH 224: Integral Calculus
  • MATH 230: Differential Calculus of Multivariable Functions
  • MATH 290: Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus
  • MATH 291: Intensive Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus

Math placement exam

Required for all incoming McCormick students regardless of AP/IB scores. Covering algebra, trigonometry, and differential and integral calculus, the exam is a key tool for deciding your placement level- even if you've already earned AP calculus credit. During Wildcat Welcome, you will receive a math placement recommendation based on your exam score. Additional guidance from a dedicated math adviser will also be available.

Exam link:

Weinberg students may take a math self-placment exam to see whether MATH 220, 224, or 230 might be the appropriate starting course for them; consult the math department website at for more information.