Math Placement Testing | ALEKS® PPL

You may not be required to take a math placement test

  • Why wouldn't I be required to take a math placement test?

    You aren't required to take math placement tests if you received:

    • ACT math score 22 or higher (valid for 3 years from test date) or
    • SAT (2016 or later) math score 530 or higher or
    • you have prior college math credit
    • you are taking MAT 090

    Note: You may sign up for MAT 090 without a placement test

    If you aren't required to take a math placement test, you will be placed in a math course based on your ACT/SAT scores.

  • If I'm not required to take a math placement test, which math course do I take based on my ACT/SAT score?
    College Level Math Course Placement based on ACT or SAT Math score (valid for 3 years from test date)
    ACT SAT You may enroll in the following courses
    22-27 530 or higher MAT 120, MAT 150, MAT 161, MAT 165, MAT 201
    28 or higher 660 or higher MAT 166, MAT 170, MAT 171, MAT 220 or MAT 175

Don't know which placement tests you should take? Follow these guidelines

  • College-level English and math are required to earn a transfer degree like an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts, or Associate in Engineering Science
  • College-level English is required and math may be required to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree

What you need to know if you're required to take a math placement test

  • How do I get started taking my math placement test?
    • Before starting your math placement process, you must have your myMCC username and password. You receive this information two to three days after you apply to MCC. You will be instructed to reset your password. 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.
    • Once you've received your myMCC username and password, you'll take an initial practice test. You can take your practice test on your own anywhere 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.
    • You'll take all subsequent placement tests in the Testing Center.
    • Once you begin your placement process, you will have access to your account for 12 months. You may take the test up to five times in that 12-month period at no charge. After twelve months, you must pay a $15 fee to reactivate an account to take additional math placement tests. If you're unsure about your ALEKS access, please send an email to testingcenter@mchenry.edu or call (815) 479-7544.
      • When you come to the Testing Center, you must bring a current photo ID and you'll need to know your myMCC username and password.
      • The program has a non-graphing calculator included; a handheld calculator is not allowed.
    • You're required to spend five hours of online study/review in the Prep and Learning module before taking test three, four, and five. Once you access your Prep and Learning modules, your Prep and Learning access will expire after six months so, complete your placement process on a timely basis.
    • We'll use your highest test score for placement.
    • The test is not timed but you should allow two hours for each test. Please arrive within two hours of the Testing Center closing to ensure you have enough time to complete your test. Schedule your math placement test
    • Once you've begun a math class, you no longer qualify to take math placement testing.
    Math Placement Testing | ALEKS
    Tests Location Requirements
    Test 1 Anywhere with internet connection We recommend that you take Test 1 as a practice test. This test will determine your Prep and Learning Modules. Your score is not used for placement.
    Test 2 Testing Center Test 1 must be completed. We recommend working in the Prep and Learning Modules before taking Test 2. Score is used for placement.
    Test 3 Testing Center Minimum of five hours in the Prep and Learning Modules is required and one-day waiting period after Test 2. Score is used for placement.
    Test 4 Testing Center Minimum of five additional hours in the Prep and Learning Modules is required and one-day waiting period after Test 3. Score is used for placement.
    Test 5 Testing Center Minimum of five additional hours in the Prep and Learning Modules is required and one-day waiting period after Test 3. Score is used for placement.
  • How can I prepare for placement testing?

    To prepare for math placement testing:

    • Take the ALEKS practice test - there's a link to your practice test in myMCC, in the lower right corner of your homepage
    • Review using the ALEKS Prep and Learning modules
    • For additional practice, you may download the Mathematics Review manuals (do not print in the MCC computer lab).
    • Purchase the Mathematics Review Manuals in the MCC Bookstore for around $5.
  • How can I take my practice math placement test?

    Log on to myMCC with your myMCC username and password. Contact the IT Help Desk at (815) 455-8457 if you have trouble logging on.

    Select the math placement link on the right side of your myMCC home page.

  • How do I unlock my learning modules?

    Modules are available to you once you take your first practice test and the modules are unlocked. Modules are unlocked when you work through the learning path tutorials after your first practice test.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    30-45 MAT 099
    46-60 Math level 1: (MAT 120, MAT 150, MAT 161*, MAT 165*, MAT 201*)
    61-75 Math level 2: (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.

  • How many questions are on the math placement test?

    There will be a maximum of 30 questions. Before you begin, complete the tutorial which shows you how to enter different types of answers, how to use the ALEKS calculator, and how to graph. See a quick video introduction to ALEKS.

  • When can I take my next test?

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

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

    You have 12 months' access to MCC's math placement test after you create your ALEKS account. Once you start your placement process your access to the placement test will expire in 12 months. If your placement test account goes inactive, you will be required to pay a $15 retake fee to re-start your placement process. See directions for acquiring additional access to ALEKS.

  • What if I need accommodations to take my placement tests?
  • Where can I go for technical assistance with ALEKS?

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