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Placement Result

What is my placement result?

Your placement result (overall score) is a number between 0 and 100. It represents the percentage of topics ALEKS has identified you have mastered.

Course placement is determined as follows. Example table:

Course # Course Name ALEKS Score Range
MAT 102 Basic Algebra 0-29
MAT 104 Intermediate Algebra 30-45
MAT 108 Trigonometry 54-75
MAT 113 Elements of Mathematical Reasoning 46-100
MAT 118 Elem. Mathematical Modeling for Applied Science and Technology 61-100
MAT 119 College Algebra 46-60
MAT 120 Finite Mathematics 61-100
MAT 130 Dimensions of Numerical Reasoning 46-100
MAT 144 Precalculus 61-75
MAT 145 Calculus I 76-100


Where can I see my score?

  • You will receive your score immediately upon completion of your Placement Assessment.
  • Your ALEKS score can be viewed by re-entering ALEKS using the same access link for which you took the Placement Assessment.
  • Your scores are automatically added to your student profile, which is accessible by your advisor.
  • Your placement will be verified by the math department before the semester begins.

How long is my placement result valid?

Your placement result will be valid for 12 months after the completion of your last ALEKS Placement Assessment.  The higher placement result will always be honored for course placement and registration.

What if I do not place into the course I wanted?

This is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of the Prep and Learning Modules offered within ALEKS PPL. An individualized study plan will be created based on your performance on the Initial Placement Assessment. ALEKS will identify what you know and what you are ready to learn next so you can brush up on lost knowledge.

I did not place into the class I wanted. Can I take it anyway?

No, you must achieve the minimum placement result to take each corresponding class.

Which math course is required for my program?

Visit the University Catalog online or contact your academic advisor for math requirement information.

What if I placed into the class I wanted?

Congratulations! Continue to use your Prep and Learning Module to improve your chances for success in the class. The placement result required is the minimum preparation for your course. Take advantage of the individualized review and learning features in ALEKS to get a better grade in your class.

Can I retake the ALEKS PPL Assessment?

Yes, you may take up to 5 Placement Assessments. However, to make each attempt worthwhile, it is important that you spend time working in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module between Placement Assessments so that you can improve your skills.

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment immediately?

You must wait 48 hours between Placement Assessments and spend a certain amount of hours as listed in the 3rd section here. There is generally no benefit to re-taking the Placement Assessment immediately after completing a prior attempt. You cannot improve your results by simply re-taking the Placement Assessment without spending time in the Prep and Learning Module to refresh material that you may have forgotten.


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