ALEKS PPL Mathematics Placement Exam

The University of Illinois requires the ALEKS PPL Mathematics Placement Exam to assess a student's prerequisite knowledge for course placement. Backed by decades of research, ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) is the premier adaptive learning and assessment platform used by millions of students around the world. ALEKS PPL uses adaptive, open-response questioning to rapidly and accurately assess each student on a wide range of course material in 30 questions or less. Students are correctly placed and given the opportunity to improve their placement with targeted learning with up to 6-months of access to the Prep and Learning Module. A seamless transition from assessment to learning empowers students and builds learning momentum.

The mathematical background requirements will be the same as the previous version of ALEKS, however ALEKS PPL has a different placement scale. Thus for placement beginning Spring 2016, courses will have the following ALEKS PPL score requirements:

Math 115 / Math 234 65% Required
Math 220 / Math 221 80% Required
Math 103, 112, 117, 119, 181 50% Recommended
Math 124, 125 65% Recommended

All incoming first-year students must complete the ALEKS PPL exam available to all incoming students free of charge.

Every student enrolled in Math 115, 220, 221, or 234 is required to obtain the minimum required ALEKS PPL placement score (listed above).

Placement windows

2018 Spring Semester: Sept 16, 2017 - Jan 22, 2018
2018 Summer Session 2:   Feb 11, 2018 - June 15, 2018
2018 Fall Semester:   April 16, 2018 - August 31, 2018


Click the Access ALEKS PPL link if you are ready to take the exam.