The University of Alaska uses the ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (PPL)
system to help students determine what math course they will take when they begin
college. The ALEKS program not only assesses your math level, but also creates a
customized learning plan to improve your math skills. Students may take this online
placement test from any computer at the location of their choice. This test is not
proctored. Students are welcome to use campus computers for this test. Students will
need their UA log-in credentials to access ALEKS. After taking the initial test, you
will receive a report that shows your strengths and weakness and gives you the tools
to remediate. You may take the test up to four times in order to bring your score
up. Access to the ALEKS PPL program is free.
After you log into ALEKS for the first time, you will have six months of access to
the Math Placement package including:
Initial Math Placement Test
A six-week on-line preparation and learning module
Up to four re-tests
Students can take the placement test anytime of the year, from any computer that has
At the beginning of the Math Placement Test, you will go through a brief tutorial
about the system and interface. You will be shown how to enter different types of
answers, how to use the ALEKS calculator, and how to graph something by hand.
Do not use a textbook or calculator - the assessment has a built-in calculator which
is available on certain questions.
Enter your answers carefully. Once you submit your response to a question, you cannot return to that question to
change the answer.
Select "I don't know" onlyif you have no idea how to work a problem. If you select "I don't know" repeatedly,
it will lower your score on the assessment.
Solve all problems on the Math Placement Test without assistance. Do not use any books
or online resources, or ask for assistance from any other person. As an admitted student,
you are a full member of the University of Alaska academic community and subject to
the responsibilities of that community. If you violate University regulations, you
are open to disciplinary action by the University.
If your computer locks up or freezes during the middle of the assessment, refresh
the page in your browser. If that does not work, close your browser and log back in.
The work you have already submitted will be saved and the assessment will pick up
at the point you left off.
Once you begin the placement test you must complete it within 72 hours or you will
have to start over.
What should I do AFTER I take the ALEKS?
Contact your academic advisor or Student Services for an appointment to go over your
Review Degree Works for your program requirements
Look at the class schedule in UAOnline to determine your schedule
Have questions? Please call Student Services at (907) 486-1266