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Snow College uses the ALEKS PPL: Placement, Preparation and Learning tool for student placement and to provide students with resources to help them succeed in meeting their Math requirements.

Semester Testing Deadlines:

What is ALEKS PPL?

Snow College uses ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) Assessment to determine readiness for mathematics courses. ALEKS PPL is a web-based program that uses artificial intelligence to map a student’s strengths and weaknesses. 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 for students to refresh their knowledge on forgotten topics. Students then have the opportunity to reassess and improve their placement. 

ALEKS consists of three parts:

Snow College encourages each student to spend time in the Prep and Learning Module, even if the desired score is achieved, because time spent in ALEKS will ultimately lead to better preparation and improved grades.

Watch a two-minute video about ALEKS.


Do you need to take the placement exam?

If you have earned any of the following scores/credits sufficient to place you into a math course, within the past two years, you can uses these as prerequisites and do not need to take the math placement exam:

The results of the Placement Assessment will be used to determine the most appropriate courses for a student to enroll in. After taking the placement assessment, students should meet with their academic advisor to determine which math course is best for them based on the results in addition to which courses meet their individual major requirements.


What is the purpose of placement testing?

The Placement Assessment results will be used to determine the most appropriate courses for each student as they move forward with college coursework. After taking a Placement Assessment, students should meet with their advisor to review their results and enroll in the best classes based on their scores.

This is a “Placement Assessment,” not a test. The difference is that a Placement Assessment is designed to determine what a student knows and what a student needs to work on. At the end of the ALEKS PPL Assessment, a student will have a much better sense of his/her strengths and weaknesses in math. Students then have a chance to brush on topics that may have been forgotten or haven’t been practiced for some time. 


When do students take ALEKS PPL?

Students need to take ALEKS PPL prior to the start of the semester in which they plan to take a math course. Scores can be used for registration into math courses for up to one year from the day in which they were earned.


Is there a fee for using ALEKS PPL?

Yes, there is a $20 fee for ALEKS PPL.  Students will pay for ALEKS with a credit card before they begin.  With the $20 fee students will be given access to a total of five assessments that must be completed within one year, as well as six months of access to the individualized learning modules.


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