Placement Assessments

Last update: June 2020

This information is for students admitted to Spring 2020 term and afterwards.

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 high school grade point average, SAT/ACT scores, or AP scores while others will need to take placement assessments. At TUJ, placement assessments are offered in English and Math.

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 TUJ. Students will be loaded into the testing system as soon as their admissions decisions are made, and will receive a notice via Temple email account. There will also be information displayed on the student's TUportal under "Next Steps."

Students are responsible to activate and log in to TUportal and TUmail. Students with activation difficulties should contact TUJ's Information Technology Services. Students in North America may instead wish to contact Information Technology Services at Temple's Main Campus at

Some incoming students may be placed using their high school grade point average, SAT/ACT scores, or AP scores provided to TUJ. Please note that it's possible for a student to receive more than one course placement if, for instance, they receive an automatic course placement based on their SAT/ACT/AP scores 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.

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Current Students

Current students may need to take or retake a placement assessment if there is a change in the student's program of study, the student's assessment results are more than two years old, or an advisor recommends an assessment to determine a suitable course placement.

Current students including non-matriculated students who want to take or retake an assessment must contact TUJ’s Academic Advising Center at

Descriptions of Placement Assessments

English Placement Assessment (90 Minutes, Timed)

Only students who have not been autoplaced may take the English Placement Assessment. 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 that are require to complete the English Placement Assessment can retake the English Assessment after they receive their English placement results.

In addition to the English placement process, incoming students are required to complete the Self-Directed English Placement Inventory or SDEPI. The SDEPI takes about 8-10 minutes to complete and asks questions about your strengths as a reader and writer.

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.

All incoming first-year students enrolled in Computer Information Science (College of Science and Technology), and who take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment are required to take the assessment and any retakes in a proctored environment. To do this, students must register and make an appointment with ProctorU, a remote proctoring service. Students can find more information about the proctoring process by clicking on their Math Placement Assessment Next Step in TUportal.

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.

Foreign Language Placement Assessment (available on campus)

Students who have previously studied Japanese, Chinese and/or Korean are required to take the Foreign Language Placement Assessment during New Student Orientation.

TUJ offers Placement Assessments in Japanese, Chinese and/or Korean. If a student has previously studied a different foreign language and wishes to be assessed in that language for a waiver, it may be possible to arrange an assessment. Students should discuss this with an academic advisor.


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 approximately one week after testing.

Please note that course placements into English 0701/0711, 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 start of the term for 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 0702, 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.

Support for Students and Inquiries

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

Please also consult our FAQ for Placement Assessments page.

Placement Test for the Bridge Program

All students entering the Bridge Program for the first time are required to take the Bridge Placement Test on campus. The test is approximately 2 hours, and will include a written essay and a reading comprehension component. The test may also include a speaking component. No notes are allowed in the test. As the contents of the test change each semester, students don't need to prepare for the test. All materials will be provided on the day of the test.

This test will determine whether students will be placed in Bridge 1, 2, or 3. A student's level is determined by a combination of their Placement Test score and their TOEFL or IELTS.

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