Placement guidelines are used to identify which courses students should take first. These guidelines help prevent students from enrolling in courses which are either too difficult or too easy. 


Guidelines for the Math Placement Test:

The intent of the math placement process is to ensure long-term student success and retention.The sequence of math classes leading to the calculus sequence is as follows:

  • Math 20

  • Math 70

  • Math 100

  • Math 111

  • Math 112

  • Math 251

    As of June 2019, Oregon Tech uses ALEKS for math placement.

  • All incoming first-year students coming straight from high school, homeschool, or with only a GED must take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam. 

  • New transfer students who have previous college credit for Math 251 (or equivalent) or higher do not need to take the math placement exam.

  • New transfer students who have transferable college credit for Math 112 (or equivalent) or lower, within the past 12 months, do not need to take the math placement exam, and may enroll in the next course in the math sequence.

  • After earning a placement recommendation, students may register for the recommended course, or for Math 97 (summer term) or Math 101 (fall, winter, and spring terms).

  • Students may take the placement exam a maximum of five times. Students may take the exam twice without doing any review. For each successive attempt the student must complete at least 3 hours of review using an ALEKS learning module before retaking the placement exam.

  • Students must take the math placement test online. Use the ALEKS Math Placement/Practice Tests for your campus (see box at right). ALEKS will record your scores for test administrators and use the highest score for the recommended placement. 

Guidelines for the Writing Placement:

  • Students who are transferring to Oregon Tech with a college-level "English Composition" class that will transfer to Oregon Tech (e.g., WR121) will be placed into the next writing sequence for their degree. In these cases, the transfer credit from the other college will be used to guide placement

  • Students who passed an Advance Placement (AP) English course in high school and who, at the end of that course, passed (with a score of 3 or better) the AP Language and Composition Exam, will be placed into WRI 122.

  • Students without transferable college-level English credits, but who took the ACT or SAT within the last three years, and who had their results reported to Oregon Tech, will be evaluated for placement based on their exam scores.

  • Students whose writing placement can’t be determined by their transfer credit, ACT/SAT scores, or AP test scores will need to contact their Advisor Coordinator (Klamath Falls), Advisor (Portland-Metro), or a representative of the Communication Department during a New Wings event (Fall term admits only). 

Guidelines for the Anatomy & Physiology Placement Test:

  • Any student who is in a pre-program such as Pre-MIT, Pre-Dental Hygiene, Pre-Nursing, Pre- Medical Lab Science, and Pre- Respiratory Care is required to take the A&P placement test.

  • All students who want to get into BIO 231 must take the placement exam unless they completed BIO 231 at another college or they completed BIO 135 or BIO 101 – 103.

  • We highly recommend taking all placement tests before you arrive at Oregon Tech. Not taking your placement tests before you arrive may delay your registration.

  • Students must take the A&P placement test online. Please select the link to ProctorU to schedule an online exam for that specific exam.

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When is Placement Testing Offered?

Newly admitted students who are planning to register for Fall 2020 courses must complete all placement exams before June 1, 2020*.  Enrolled students who are preparing for future terms and require testing should complete placement tests by the fifth week of the term.  This will allow ample time for a student to review placement scores with an advisor and to make decisions prior to registration. 

*Portland-Metro students should take the placement test as soon as possible.

How long do the Placement Tests take?

Students are given 2 hours to complete the ALEKS math placement test. Students usually take between 60-90 minutes. The A&P placement test takes about 15 minutes to complete. There is no writing placement test.

Other Important Information about Placement Testing:

Fees: Due to Covid-19 campus closures, Anatomy and Physiology placement exams must be proctored online through ProctorU.  An Anatomy and Physiology placement exam will incur a minimum testing fee of $15 through ProctorU.  Plan ahead to avoid additional fees for last minute scheduling. 

How do I Register to take the Placement Tests?

If you are a new student who has been admitted to the college, and you will be participating in a New Wings event, please take all placement tests before you meet with your academic advisor to plan your upcoming courses. Students who wait to take their placement exams will delay their registration appointment. Sign up for New Wings according to the instructions you receive from Admissions.

Contact Shaundrea Hirengen ( or Kim Faks ( if you need assistance with scheduling your A&P placement test online through ProctorU. Again, math placement tests for new students do not require ProctorU. New students should take the ALEKS Math Placement Test for your campus (see box at right). The student scores will be recorded and highest score used for course placement by test administrators.

I have a disability and need extended time to take my test. Who do I contact for accommodations?

Accommodated testing through ProctorU is available for students with a documented disability.  Contact Disability Services ( for questions and arrangements pertaining to accommodated placement testing.

What do I need to bring to Placement Testing?

Review the ProctorU system requirements prior to scheduling your appointment.  On the day of the exam you will need picture I.D., scratch paper and pencils. Calculators are not allowed.

Do I need to study before taking the Placement Tests?

We strongly recommend that you take a practice test before taking the official ALEKS math placement test. You may review math concepts prior to taking the official proctored placement test. In order to effectively review, go to the “ALEKS Math Placement Test” link and take the practice placement test and review modules before taking an official test. Also, you may want to obtain a math textbook from your high school or library or study material from a previous math course.

Alternatively, the "Math Practice Problems" link provides practice problems that are designed to assess student readiness for Math 100 (Intermediate Algebra), Math 111 (College Algebra), Math 112 (Trigonometry), and Math 251 (Calculus). If some or all of this material seems over your head, don't panic. Our computer-based system will automatically deliver questions to you which are generally in keeping with your ability level. Also, our placement test is designed to place students into Arithmetic or Elementary Algebra courses when students don't yet have the skills to begin Math 100 (Intermediate Algebra). So, if all of the practice problems are too difficult for you, just study whatever basic arithmetic and elementary algebra that you can, and the test will place you into an appropriate lower-level course.

Who do I call if I have questions?

Klamath Falls students should contact Testing Services at 541-851-5226.  Portland-Metro students should contact Testing Services at 503-821-1250.


Klamath Falls Testing Center

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Portland-Metro Testing Center

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A&P Placement Test