Details of ALEKS Math Placement Test

Information for the impatients


  • Click here for ALEKS Registration Instruction.
  • There is a 48 hour cool off period between two consecutive ALEKS Placement Assessments.
  • You need to work on ALEKS Prep and Learning Module at least 5 hours before you can start your next ALEKS Placement Assessment.
  • Your score on the 3rd ALEKS Placement Assessment will be your CSULB Math Placement Test score.
  • ALEKS Placement test will be available ONLY in summer for incoming freshmen in the College of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.


More in detail

California State University, Long Beach requires an ALEKS mathematics placement assessment to determine readiness for Calculus courses. The initial ALEKS Placement Assessment covers material from Basic Math through Precalculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the initial assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning Module is available for you to review and learn material, and to improve placement and eventual course outcomes.

There are total three ALEKS Placement Assessments available in your ALEKS PPL, including the initial assessment. After you finish the initial ALEKS Placement Assessment, you should go through the ALKES Prep and Learning Module to finish the "pie" and improve your math skills. Then you should take the second ALEKS Placement Assessment which is not times. The third ALEKS Assessment will be timed and can be taken at the time pre-determined depending on your SOAR date in the email your received from us. Your score of the third ALEKS Placement Assessment will be your score for our Math Placement test. Your Math Placement score will be used as one of the factors for your course placement and our advisors will discuss with you during your SOAR.

All students are strongly encouraged to spend several hours using the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module before you do the next ALEKS Placement Assessment. Your time spent in ALEKS Prep and Learning Module will better prepare you for the next ALEKS Placement Assessment, your upcoming course, and ultimately lead to better grades.

First of all, RELAX. This is an “assessment”, NOT A TEST. The difference is that an assessment is designed to determine what you know. At the end of the ALEKS Placement Assessment, you will have a much better sense of your strengths and weaknesses in math. You will then have a chance to work on those weaknesses. There is really no penalty for incorrectly answering a question on the assessment. The most important thing is that you take the assessment seriously and give it an honest effort so that the assessment truly reflects your level of knowledge and math preparedness.

Be honest about your skill level. There is no benefit to cheating on the placement assessment – your only reward will be that you are forced to take a class that is too difficult for your current level of mathematical knowledge. Therefore, while you are taking the assessment, do not consult any other source for help (friends, family, internet searches, etc.). The purpose of the placement assessment is to give an accurate measure of your current mathematical skills so that you will be successful in your mathematics courses. 

Who has to take the ALEKS Placement Assessment? All incoming students who wish to take any of the courses Math 119A, Math 122, Math 123, and Math 224.

Is there a fee for using ALEKS? Use of ALEKS is paid by the University.

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment? There are three ALEKS placement assessments available in ALEKS PPL. The frist two assessments are not timed, but the third assessment will be timed and your score on the third assessment will be your score of our Math Placement test. Please note also that, to make each attempt worthwhile, it is important that you spend time working in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module between ALEKS placement assessments so that you can improve your skills.

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment immediately? You must wait 48 hours between ALEKS placement assessments. There is generally no benefit to re-taking the assessment immediately after completing a prior attempt. Unlike the SAT or ACT, you cannot improve your results by simply re-taking the assessment without spending time in the Prep and Learning Module to refresh material that you may have forgotten or to learn new material.

Must I work in my ALEKS Prep and Learning Module between assessments? Yes, at least five hours between assessments.

May I use a calculator while using ALEKS? ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.

What happens if I do not complete an ALEKS Placement Assessment in the allotted time? If the placement assessment is unproctored, you will have to restart the assessment. If the incomplete assessment is proctored and timed, you will be given a placement result, but it may underestimate your true ability.

May I use any other resources during an ALEKS Placement Assessment? You may only use a pen or pencil, paper, and the resources provided by ALEKS. You may not receive assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks, or any other resource not provided by ALEKS. Using outside resources may lead to improper placement and ultimately course failure.

What is my Math Placement test result? Your official Math Placement test result is your percentage mastery on the third ALEKS Placement Assessment you take.

How long is my Math Placement test result valid? Your Math Placement test result is valid only for 2014-2015 academic year.

Can I practice using ALEKS before I begin the initial ALEKS Placement Assessment? ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial before your placement assessment begins.

How long do I have access to my Prep and Learning Module? You will have six weeks of access from the time that you start using your Prep and Learning module, but you need to finish the third ALEKS Placement Assessments before your SOAR date.

Is there an additional fee for my Prep and Learning Module? Access to a Prep and Learning Module is included in ALEKS PPL along with three ALEKS Placement Assessments.

What are ALEKS Progress Assessments? While working in a Prep and Learning Module, you will periodically complete progress assessments to solidify your gains in knowledge. Note that ALEKS Progress Assessments are different from ALEKS Placement Assessments.

Does progress in an ALEKS Prep and Learning Module count toward ALEKS Placement Assessments? No, you must complete a new ALEKS Placement Assessment to change your placement result. Click on the placement tab on the upper right of the page from within ALEKS. Your third ALEKS Placement Assessment result will be your Math Placement test and will be used as one of the factors for course placement.

Can I change to a different Prep and Learning Module later? No, you may only use one Prep and Learning Module which is configured by the Department.

When will I know which class I am placed into? During SOAR, an advisor from the Department will discuss with you the coure you will take and help you to enroll in that course.

Where can I get help with ALEKS?

The student mentor listed in the email sent to you together with the ALEKS PPL license number.