ALEKS PPL (“Placement, Preparation, and Learning”) uses adaptive, open-response questioning to rapidly and accurately assess a 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 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020.
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! No exceptions.
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, the semester that immediately follows the date of your ALEKS PPL test, you must enroll in and complete the math course into which you place. Otherwise, you will need to take the ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam again in order to obtain an updated course placement.
Learn more about mathematics placement testing.
The ALEKS PPL Math Placement Exam does not award academic credit. If you wish to take a math proficiency exam, check the schedule, as they are offered at various times throughout the year.
Questions? Contact the Mathematics Department 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 enroll anyway in the course that you earned credit for. (Duplicate credit is not permitted.) Please discuss your course enrollment options with your academic advisor, who will guide you through your particular program's requirements.