Placement, Preparation, and Learning

In some cases, you may take the ALEKS math placement assessment. No need to study though! The ALEKS PPL is a web-based program that is designed to benefit you by refreshing your knowledge on forgotten math topics. The Placement Assessment is up to 30 questions and generally takes 60-90 minutes to complete. After the placement assessment, an individualized Prep and Learning Module is available to you to brush up on specific math topics to help prepare you for success in your first math course.

What is the format of the questions on ALEKS?

ALEKS is not a multiple-choice Placement Assessment.  It is open-response and requires you to work out solutions with a paper and pencil, and then enter them into ALEKS.  Paper and pencil will be provided.

What topics are covered during the ALEKS PPL Assessment?

ALEKS PPL is an online, adaptive system that covers a broad spectrum of mathematics topics. The length of the Placement Assessment will vary, but it can be up to 30 questions. You will see some, but not the entire math you have learned in high school. It is a Placement Assessment, not a preview of math courses at COCC. It is designed to identify if you are prepared for a particular course. After you take your first Placement Assessment, you will have the opportunity to review and master additional topics to reassess and improve your placement.

May I use a calculator while using ALEKS?

ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem.  Otherwise, you may not use a calculator. 

May I use any other resources during the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

You may only use a pen or pencil, paper, and the resources provided within ALEKS. You should not receive assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks, or any other resource not provided by ALEKS. Using outside resources will lead to improper placement and potentially course failure.  

Can I review a question after I've answered it

Because ALEKS is adaptive, once you submit an answer, you cannot change it. Be sure to carefully check your answer before submitting your response.

What if I see questions I don't know?

It is likely that you will be asked questions on material you have not yet learned.  On such questions, it is appropriate to answer, I don't know.  On any question that you have familiarity with, however, it is important to do your best.  I don't know is interpreted by ALEKS to mean that you do not know how to solve the topic, and this will be reflected in the placement Assessment results.  There is no penalty for incorrectly answering a question on the Placement Assessment, it only helps ALEKS understand what you know and don't know.