ALEKS Math Placement Test Guide - Calculus Readiness Exam

What is the purpose of ALEKS Math Placement Test?

The purposes of ALEKS Math Placement Test are (1) to refresh/improve your math knowledge and skills before you even take a math class at CSULB, (2) to place you into the appropriate calculus course, and (3) to prepare you to be successful at CSULB.

You will be placed into Math 119A (Survey of Calculus) for Biology majors or Math 122 (Calculus I) for other majors. Even if you don’t feel you are ready for calculus, taking ALEKS Math Placement Test will help you refreshing and improving your math knowledge and thus prepare you to be more successful in the calculus prerequisite courses, Math 113 (Precalculus Algebra) and/or Math 111 (Precalculus Trigonometry).

What are the majors that require calculus?

Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, that is, all pre-major students in the College of Engineering and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. If you have any questions, please contact your college's advising center.

Am I eligible to take ALEKS Math Placement Test?

Our Math ALEKS placement test is available to incoming freshmen who are (a) GE Math ready and (b) in the College of Engineering or the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Check out Ready for GE Math.
Your college's advising center will contact you if you are qualified to take the ALEKS Math Placement Test.

How much is the registration fee?

For incoming freshmen, there is no charge for ALEKS Math Placement Test or registration, it’s FREE.

How long is ALEKS Math Placement Test?

You should work on ALEKS Math Placement Test a few hours per day for one or two weeks depending on your math background. You will need to go through four ALEKS assessments and between two ALEKS assessments, you need to spend time on ALEKS Learning module to refresh and improve your math knowledge and skills. 

What is on the test?

The Calculus Readiness Exam consists of the following topics:

  • Rational Expressions and their Graphs
  • Exponents and Radicals
  • Polynomials
  • Geometric Applications
  • Functions
  • Linear Equations & Inequalities, Absolute Values
  • Logarithmic & Exponential Equations
  • Trigonometry

How many times can I take the test?

You may only take ALEKS Math Placement Test once for free as a freshman in summer before your SOAR date.

When should I finish the test?

You should finish the complete ALEKS assessments online at least three days before your SOAR date.

How do I register for ALEKS Math Placement Test?

You should receive our ALEKS Math Placement Test information from your college's advising center. We will contact you after we receive your information from the advising center. 

How do I get my results?

Your test result is available through your ALEKS account and the math course you can enroll in will be determined at your SOAR registration. The results are valid for one year (Fall and then Spring semesters).

Where can I get help BEFORE I receive my ALEKS information?

Where can I get help AFTER I receive my ALEKS information?

  • You may contact our student assistants: Email:; Phone: 562-985-5393 (available 11AM-3PM, M-F from 5/16-8/12, 2016).