- The CMPT is required of all new students matriculating at Clemson University. This includes both freshmen and transfer students and applies regardless of credit based on AP or IB exams or courses from another institution. Other departments use CMPT scores.
- The CMPT is to be completed prior to the student's orientation for those matriculating in the fall and at least one week prior to the start of classes for the spring and summer sessions. You must take the CMPT before your orientation session in order to register for the correct math class.
- The CMPT is administered using ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces). ALEKS is a powerful artificial-intelligence based assessment tool that zeros in on the strengths and weaknesses of a student's mathematical knowledge, reports its findings to the student, and then if necessary provides the student with a learning environment to bring this knowledge up to an appropriate level for course placement.
- The CMPT may be taken up to 4 times. The highest score received will be used for placement.
- After taking the test for the first time, students will have access to ALEKS learning modules. These modules are designed to refresh students mathematical skills. ALEKS placement is an adaptive test. Once students complete their first assessment, ALEKS will suggest where to start in the learning modules. Students have up to 6 months from their first placement test to start the 6-week trial of learning modules.
- Students have 24 hours to complete the placement test once they have started it. After completing the test and receiving their score, a student must wait at least 72 hours before they can attempt to take the test again to better their score.
- Students who do not achieve a satisfactory score on the CMPT or do not take the test will be required to take one or more preparatory courses in mathematics unless having otherwise met course prerequisites through college transfer credit.
- The test is free for entering freshmen and students transferring to Clemson for the first time. If a student does not take any of their required math courses within their first year and needs a placement test score to take the course later, they may have to pay $25 to take the test.