# More about Taking the Placement

California State University, Long Beach requires an ALEKS mathematics placement assessment to determine readiness for Calculus courses Math 119A and Math 122. 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 four 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 4th 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 4th ALEKS Placement Assessment will be your score for our Mathematics Placement. Your Mathematics 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.

**How does the ALEKS Mathematics Placement work? **There are four ALEKS placement assessments available in ALEKS PPL. The first three assessments are not timed, but the 4th assessment will be timed for 2 hours and your score on the 4th 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.

How to approach the ALEKS Placement Assessment

**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.