Math Placement Testing | ALEKS® PPL

  1. Take the practice test
  2. Decide if you want to review math concepts, if you do work through the prep and learning modules
  3. Schedule and take the official test
  4. Decide if you want a better score, if you do work through the prep and learning modules
  5. Schedule and take a second optional official test (you can retake the official test three times)

Prepare for Math Placement Testing

  • When should I take my math placement test?

    It's best if you take your math placement test and enroll in a math class as soon as you enroll at MCC. If you wait to take a math class, plan to complete your placement process within one year of taking a math class. Plan to complete your math placement process within six months of taking test one. Taking the practice math placement test early allows you to complete the Prep and Learning Modules and retake the test if you're not satisfied with your placement.

    You must wait a minimum of one business day between taking each ALEKS test and completing the designated amount of time in the Prep and Learning Module.

  • How many questions are on the math placement test?

    There will be a maximum of 30 questions.

  • What if I need accommodations to take my placement tests?
  • Can I take my math placement test in Spanish?

    When you log on for the first time, the Español option appears in the bottom-right corner. If you prefer to view ALEKS PPL in Spanish, select this toggle to change the language to Spanish. You can toggle between an English and Spanish translation of the ALEKS PPL Placement Assessment and Prep and Learning Modules too.

Taking ALEKS placement tests

  • How do I get started taking my math placement tests?
    • You must have your myMCC username and password to take your ALEKS PPL math placement. MCC sends you this information two to three days after you apply to MCC. If you need assistance with your username and password, call Registration at (815) 455-8588. You will not be able to take this test without accessing your myMCC account.
    • Take the ALEKS practice test - there's a link to your practice test in myMCC, in the lower right corner of the homepage. You can take your practice test on your own anywhere that you have an internet connection. The practice test familiarizes you with the testing experience and allows the system to draw up a preparation and learning plan for you.
    • Decide if you want to score higher on your official official math placement test. If you do, work through the ALEKS prep and learning modules.

      Drop in to a ALEKS coaching session Tuesdays (10 a.m.-2 p.m. in A343 or Zoom) and Wednesdays (1-5 p.m. in A343 or Zoom) through August 4

      You may purchase Mathematics Review Manuals in the MCC Bookstore for around $5.

    • Schedule your official math placement test
  • What course will I take based on my ALEKS placement score?
    ALEKS Placement Scores
    If your score on the ALEKS placement test is Then you may enroll in the following course(s)
    0-13 MAT 090
    14-29 MAT 095, or MAT 020 with MAT 120, or MAT 050 with MAT 150
    30-45 MAT 099, or MAT 020 with MAT 120, or MAT 050 with MAT 150
    46-60 Math level 1: (MAT 120, MAT 150, MAT 161*, MAT 165*, MAT 201*)
    61-75 Math level 2: (MAT 166, MAT 170*, MAT 171*, MAT 220*)
    76-100 Math level 3: (MAT 175*)

    *A score of 46 or above on the ALEKS placement test satisfies the geometry prerequisite for these courses.

    You will not be permitted to enroll in any courses higher than your score range, but may enroll in any course below your score range. Cut scores are subject to change.

  • What should I do if my ALEKS class is inactive?

    Once you start your placement process, your ALEKS account will become inactive in 12 months. If your account is inactive, call the Testing Center at (815) 455-8984 for assistance.

  • What if I need accommodations to take my placement tests?

Retaking your ALEKS placement test