Placement Assessments


Placement Assessments will open for incoming Spring 2022 students on Monday, October 25th, 2021. We strongly recommend you complete the Placement Assessments as soon as possible. Students cannot register for First-year Orientation or register for courses until the required placement assessments have been completed. The last day for students to complete placement assessments for the Spring 2022 term is Sunday, January 16, 2022 at 12:00 AM EDT. After January 16th, placement assessments will be closed to incoming students.

Success at Temple University does not follow one particular pathway, as our students are varied and diverse in their backgrounds. For incoming students, it is important that they start on the right track, beginning with determining the appropriate courses for their first semester. Some students may be placed into courses using their student data, including but not limited to high school GPA, SAT, ACT or AP scores while others will need to take placement assessments. Placement Assessments are offered in English, math, and foreign languages. 

Temple's Placement Assessments serve to evaluate different levels of academic preparation. While you should take these assessments seriously, the goal is not simply to achieve high scores, but to demonstrate readiness for particular coursework. This is why it is important that you take an assessment independently, and are placed into courses that demonstrate your ability. An appropriate program of study includes courses that are not above or below your level of preparation, but offers an appropriate challenge and chance at success.

Please note that students with disabilities requiring accommodations for placement assessments must first contact Disability Resources and Services before they start the placement process.

Incoming Freshmen and Transfer Students

Assessments are taken after students have been admitted to the University and have paid the tuition deposit. The Office of New Student and Family Programs sends an email to the student's Temple email account explaining next steps, including placement assessments. Once the deposit is paid, it takes 2-3 business days for the email to be delivered. There will also be information displayed on the student's TUportal under "Next Steps."

Some incoming students may be placed using their student data, including but not limited to: high school grade point average, SAT/ACT scores or AP scores provided to Temple University while others will be required to take an assessment.

For English, students with an autoplacement are eligible to take an assessment. Students who are required to take an assessment for English or choose to take an assessment for math or a foreign language may also retake the assessment (one additional attempt for English and foreign language and two additional attempts for math).

Note that it's possible for a student to receive more than one course placement if, for instance, they receive an automatic course placement and then take an assessment to try to place into a higher level course. In these cases, the student may take the highest course into which they place.

View more information about who must take a placement assessment »

Current or Non-Matriculated Students

Placement Assessments and any reassessments are intended to be completed for a student’s incoming admission term. Current students may need to take or retake a placement assessment if there is a change in the student's program of study or the student's assessment results are more than two years old. Students may attempt a placement assessment for math or English if they did not complete all of their assessment or re-assessment opportunities within three main semesters (fall/spring) from their incoming term. For example, an incoming fall 2021 student who did not take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment, may attempt to take the assessment through the fall 2022 semester. 

Note: Students will not be permitted to take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment if they have taken a course within the math course sequence. See information under ‘Results’ for more details.

Current students who want to take or retake an assessment must have their advisor send a request to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at

Non-matriculated students can contact the Office of Continuing Studies to schedule a placement assessment at

Placement Assessments Calendar

Opens Closes
Fall 2021 Placement Cycle Continuing/Non-Matriculated Students Monday, March 29, 2021 Sunday, August 29th
Incoming Fall 2021 Students Monday, April 5, 2021
Spring 2022 Placement Cycle Continuing/Non-Matriculated Students Monday, October 25, 2021 Sunday, January 16th
Incoming Spring 2022 Students Monday, October 25, 2021
Fall 2022 Placement Cycle Continuing/Non-Matriculated Students Monday, March 28, 2022 Sunday, August 28th
Incoming Fall 2022 Students Monday, April 4, 2022

*Dates are tentative and subject to change.

Descriptions of Placement Assessments

New Student Questionnaire (Untimed)

The New Student Questionnaire (NSQ) must be completed by all incoming students, even if they do not have to take any other placement assessments. The data collected by the survey are used to provide basic background information describing Temple students. Temple also uses the results of this questionnaire to develop programs and procedures to serve the needs and interests of its students.

English Placement Assessment (90 Minutes, Timed)

The English Placement Assessment consists of one written essay. At assessment time, students choose one of two presented topics on which to write. Each topic presents a writer’s position on an issue. Students are asked to summarize the writer’s argument in their own words and then take and develop a position on the topic the writer is arguing for or against. Students are not evaluated based on having the "correct" position on an issue, but on how accurately they can explain the writer's argument and present their own argument in an organized and grammatically correct essay. In order to prepare for their assessment, students may view essays that meet and do not meet Temple's writing requirements.

Students without an autoplacement are required to take the English Placement Assessment. Students may also choose to take an assessment after receiving an autoplacement. Students that are required to complete the English Placement Assessment can retake the English Assessment after they receive their initial English placement results.

Review English Placement Assessment information and sample essays »

Math Placement Assessment (150 Minutes, Timed)

The Math Placement Assessment is delivered online using ALEKS, a web-based learning platform. ALEKS assesses the student´s current course knowledge by asking you a number of questions (usually 20-30). ALEKS chooses questions based on your answers to all previous questions. Therefore, each set of assessment questions is unique. It is impossible to predict the questions that will be asked. Some questions may require the use of a calculator, which is provided onscreen by ALEKS.

ALEKS covers topics ranging in algebra through calculus. Review Math Placement Assessment practice questions.

Note: You will know if you have completed the assessment when you see the colorful pie chart with a placement score on your screen. If you do not see the pie chart and placement score at the end of the 150 minutes, you may not have answered enough questions for ALEKS to determine your course placement. Please go back to ALEKS through your TUportal and complete the assessment again until you are presented with the colorful pie chart and placement score.

Students are required to take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment in a proctored setting. You are still able to take the assessments online and at home, but will be proctored virtually. Students will receive information regarding the process in their Next Steps.

Students must enter the proctor password to start the assessment. 

  • The password is: OWLS2021

Students who choose to retake the math assessment have two additional attempts, using their highest score for course placement. ALEKS provides adaptive learning modules to help students improve their skills; modules are available after the initial assessment.

  • To be re-assessed, students are required to complete five hours of ALEKS Learning Modules and wait 48 hours after the completion of the first assessment before starting the second.
  • For a third assessment, students are required to complete an additional five hours of ALEKS Learning Modules and wait 48 hours after the completion of the second assessment before starting the third.

Understand more about your ALEKS Math Placement Assessment score »

Foreign Language Assessment (60 Minutes, Timed)

Foreign Language Placement Assessments are offered in French, German, Italian and Spanish. Each assessment is multiple-choice and evaluates basic skills in language usage (choosing the appropriate word or phrase to complete a sentence) and reading comprehension (interpretation of passages written in that language).

Students can retake the Foreign Language Assessment after they receive their Foreign Language placement results via their Placement Results channel located within TUportal.


Math placement results are available immediately through ALEKS and are posted within 2-3 business days after the completion of the assessment to the student’s Placement Results channel located within TUportal. English Assessment results will be available starting mid-April, and also posted to the Placement Results channel. Foreign Language placement results are posted to the results channel within 2-3 days after completion of the assessment.

Please note that course placements into English 701/711, French 1001, German 1001, Italian 1001, Spanish 1001, Math 0701/0702, GQ, Math 1015, and Statistics 1001 do not expire. Placement assessment results into all other courses are valid for two years from the term in which they were taken. Current students who need to take or retake a placement assessment should contact their advisor.

Also note that, students who take a course in the math sequence (Math 702, 1021, 1022, 1041/1941) are bound by their performance in the course for future course eligibility (rather than performance on previous or future placement assessment). Once a student completes a course in the math sequence, the student may not use their placement assessment results as a pre-requisite for entry into a higher level course. Similarly, students cannot request an assessment after completing a course in the math sequence to place into a higher course.

Please direct any questions about University Placement Assessments to 215.204.8611 (M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm EST) or send an email to

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