ALEKS Math Placement

Taking the correct math course is essential and without preparation, students are often placed into a course that could have been avoided—wasting time and money. In the past, it was common for students to take the Math Placement Test without completing any review or preparation. 

Our goal is give you the opportunity and resources to help you place into the appropriate level of math for you.  

All placement testing can be taken at the Academic Support Center at any campus.

Students with disabilities who may need assistance on Placements should contact the ACCESS office prior to taking the test.  They will need to provide documentation of a qualifying disability and its functional limitation.


OPTION  1:  Use your SAT Math Score.  See the chart below.  If you are satisfied with your placement, you may upload your SAT score report in the Online Application or email the report to where the scores will be noted on your OCC student record!  Otherwise you will need to bring that score in for verification and upload.   If you are not satisfied with your SAT placement, see option 2 and 3.

OPTION 2:  Check the other exemptions list below.  If you qualify for an exemption, visit the Counseling office with the paperwork to verify the exemption and your score will be entered into the system.

OPTION 3:  Take the ALEKS Placement Test. Before taking ALEKS, you must complete the online practice module.  Log into MyOCC.  On the Students Menu under Pre-Registration Steps, select ALEKS PPL Mathematics Placement.  You will see how you score on the practice test.  If you are satisfied with your score, visit the testing center to take an official ALEKS Placement Test.  See the campus schedules for dates and times.  If you are not satisfied with your practice test score, the ALEKS program offers free modules to practice material that was missed during the practice test.

SAT Math Score
(taken within 2 years)
OCC Course
Below 400 You must take ALEKS Placement Test
400 + MAT 1070 - Business Math
400 - 450 MAT 1050 - Preparation for Algebra
460 - 520 MAT 1100 - Elementary Algebra
460 - 530 MAT 1125 - Math Literacy
530 + MAT 1150 - Intermediate Algebra
540 + MAT 1525 - Quantitative Reasoning
MAT 2530 - Math for Elementary Teachers
550 + MAT 1580 - Statistics
570 + MAT 1500 - Finite Math
MAT 1540 - College Algebra
580 + MAT 1560 - Trigonometry
600 + MAT 1600 - Applied Calculus
MAT 1630- College Algebra & Trigonometry
670+ MAT 1730 - Calculus I


  • You have earned a bachelor degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college
  • You are admitted to OCC under a College Guest Application from another college
  • You have evidence of passing with a "C" or better the prerequisite math course at OCC or the equivalent college transfer course at another accredited college within the past three years
  • You have earned a score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement Exam in Calculus AB or BC
  • You have already earned credit for a math course at OCC or at another accredited college and you wish to enroll in the same math course.

Students wishing to take a math course at OCC will take the ALEKS Math Placement.  This test is used to place you into the appropriate math course.  There is a required practice test.  Visit the ALEKS page for more details.


  • Read the instructions under 'How to Take the ALEKS Mandatory Practice. (see the link below)
  • Login to ALEKS. (see the link below)
  • Complete the practice attempt without help from any outside person or source so your practice score is accurate.
  • Students have access to the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module system for 12 months from the first time you sign in to the ALEKS system.  We recommend taking the math practice within a few months of enrolling in a math course.  Students will have to pay $25 for an additional year of access if they still need to take an official, proctored ALEKS placement test, or wish to continue practicing  after the 12 month period.

 After taking the ALEKS Practice Placement Test

  • You will receive a score and a projected OCC math course placement.  
  • If you wish to improve your score/placement, a custom, online preparation program will be available to you in the ALEKS system. 

To improve your score

  • Do the Prep and Learning Modules until you feel confident to try the Placement Test again.
  • You are allowed to take the proctored Placement Test without Prep and Learning.
  • Before retaking the Placement Test after your first official attempt, you must complete the required amount of Prep and Learning: at least 3 hours before your second try, at least 5 hours before your third try, and at least 8 hours before your fourth and final try
  • In addition, you must spend at least 3 hours working through the preparation modules before retaking the Practice Assessment.  The 3 hours does not need to be completed all at once.

Official Placement Test must be taken in the Academic Support Center testing area (or by appointment with the ACCESS office at your campus). Bring a valid photo ID with you.