ALEKS “Placement, Preparation, and Learning” (ALEKS PPL) uses adaptive, open-response questioning to rapidly and accurately assess each student 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. The policies below apply to all students entering the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019.
All new freshmen are required to take the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam prior to registration, even if you are expecting AP or IB course proficiency credit!
All transfer students who intend to enroll in a Calculus I or lower-level math class are also required to take the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam. If you are transferring to Illinois with math credit earned elsewhere, you should check with your college to verify what other math courses, if any, your program requires.
ALEKS PPL test scores expire in four months. This means that you must enroll in and complete the math course into which you place the semester that immediately follows the date of your ALEKS PPL test. Otherwise, you will need to take the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam again at your own expense in order to obtain an updated course placement. Click here to learn more about ALEKS PPL and about the Math Department's expectations.
The ALEKS PPL Math Placement Test does not award proficiency credit. Click here for information about the Math Proficiency Exams.
Questions? Contact "Placement & Proficiency" staff by by emailing pnp@illinois.edu or by calling 217-244-4437 during business hours.
NOTE TO STUDENTS WHO EARNED ADVANCED PLACEMENT OR INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE CREDIT:
You will have more options than students who did not take AP or IB. You may accept your test-based credit and follow the placement recommendation that is based on your AP or IB score, or you may choose to enroll in the course anyway, in which case the test-based credit will not count towards graduation requirements. Please discuss your course enrollment options with your academic advisor, who will guide you through your particular program's requirements. Duplicate credit is not permitted.