ALEKS Math Placement

ALEKS PPL Mathematics Placement Test

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.  

ALEKS PPL Mandatory Practice

  • 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 6 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 six months of access if they still need to take an official, proctored ALEKS placement test, or wish to continue practicing  after the 6-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.

The 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.


Students maybe exempt from the ALEKS Math Placement if you meet any of the following conditions:

  • You have earned a bachelors 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