College of Science STAR Tasks

The following two tasks must be completed at least 7 days before your STAR day.

ALEKS MATH Placement Exam

Calculus I courses contain two pre-requisites; a minimum ALEKS score and SAT/ACT score. Meeting either pre-requisite will allow a student to register for Calculus 16100, 16500 or 16010. Students are highly encouraged to take the ALEKS assessment to assess current knowledge in Algebra and Trigonometry. Completion of the assessment will also allow students to access the tutorial where they can review and build knowledge necessary for successful completion of Purdue’s Calculus I courses. Each College and School will advise students on the benefits of completing the ALEKS assessment. The University strongly encourages students to use this tool as they prepare for their first semester at Purdue.

Students in the College of Science typically take MA16100/16500 or MA 10610 in their first semester. Minimum ALEKS qualifying scores for these courses are as follows:

  • MA16100/16500: 85
  • MA 16010 (Biology majors): 75

Your ALEKS score can have an effect on your ability to register for other science courses such as Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.  Some of these courses have a minimum ALEKS score for enrollment.


2. Student Information Form (SIF) - This form can be accessed from your MyPurdue page. Completion of this task is REQUIRED of all College of Science students. The form should be completed in its entirity. Please complete each page before moving to the next page in the survey. Do not page through the survey as there will not be the opportunity to go back to the beginning. If an error occurs, please contact for assistance in re-setting your survey.

Foreign Language and Culture Requirement Notice:

The College of Science strongly encourages students to take the Foreign Language Placement exam during STAR. Placement results, which place students in 10200, 20100 and 20200 language courses, will be used to waive 3-9 credits of the Foreign Language and Culture requirement. This is a requirement waiver only. The Foreign Language and Culture requirement is met by the completion of 9 credits of approved coursework. All or a portion of these credits will be fulfilled by completion of alternate coursework, which ensures that a minimum 120 credit hours is completed.

International Students:  You will complete the VSTAR program. Please review all information contained in VSTAR. Failure to do so will delay our response to you and your registration process.

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