ALEKS PPL Mathematics Assessment

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:

  • An Initial Placement Assessment
  • The Prep and Learning Module, an individualized, self-paced online review
  • Access to 4 additional Placement Assessments

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:

  • A passing grade (C or higher) in a college-level math course
  • A sufficient score on the ACT or SAT math exams
  • A sufficient score on an AP Calculus 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.

  • The last day to take the ALEKs Exam for Maymester 2019 is Monday, May 6th, 2019.
  • The last day to take the ALEKs Exam for Summer Term 2019 is Monday, June 3rd, 2019.
  • The last day to take the ALEKs Exam for Fall 2019 Semester is Friday, August 30th, 2019. (Note: After August 30th there will be no ALEKs testing allowed. We will begin testing for future semesters on October 1st, 2019.)
  • The last day to take the ALEKS Exam for Spring 2020 Semester is Friday, January 10th, 2020. (Note: After January 10th, there will be no ALEKs testing allowed. We will begin testing for future semesters on February 3rd, 2020)


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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