ALEKS - Math Placement Test

ALEKS placement test for Mathematics now includes proctoring through Respondus. This is a statewide update to improve placement accuracy and student success. Other ALEKS PPL configurations will remain the same. Through the virtual proctoring format, students may complete the placement test at any time. Students will continue to be limited to a maximum of three hours per test and a maximum of five tests per year. We suggest that if you are going to use the remote proctoring option, you download the Respondus software before logging into ALEKS.

Students may complete the ALEKS by either:

  • Option 1: Logging into ALEKS virtually through a desktop or non-Chromebook laptop/tablet with a working webcam. Following the prompts to download the Respondus software that launches a browser lockdown and webcam recording before proceeding to complete the test. Students may contact ALEKS at 1-800-258-2374 for technical support.
  • Option 2: Contacting the Kodiak College Testing Center to have the ALEKS proctored.

After you log into ALEKS for the first time, you will have six months of access to the Math Placement package including: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 now proctored.  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

  • 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 internet access.

General instructions

  • 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 may 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" only   if 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.
  • This is a proctored test and you are not allowed any outside help on the exam. 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 3 hours or you will have to start over.
  • If you need an accommodation to take this test, please contact Disability Support Services at or email Barbara Brown, Disability Support Services Point-of-Contact at Kodiak College at

What should I do AFTER I take the ALEKS?

  • Contact your academic advisor or Student Services for an appointment to go over your test results.
  • 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