ALEKS Math Placement Test Guide - Calculus Readiness Exam

What are the purposes 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 either Math 119A (Survey of Calculus) or Math 122 (Calculus I) according to your pre-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, Science and Ecomonics, which include 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 ALEKS Math placement test is available to incoming freshmen who are (a) GE Math ready and (b) in a pre-major which requires Math 119A or Math 122. Check out Ready for GE Math.
Sorry, the test is NOT available to incoming feshmen who have not declared a major.

If I passed the ELM (Entry Level Mathematics) test, do I have to take ALEKS Math Placement Test?

Yes! The ELM scores are used to place students in math courses lower than Calculus I. ALEKS Math Placement Test determines if students can skip PreCalculus and directly start in Calculus I.

How much is the cost of taking the ALEKS Math Placement Test?

It's FREE for all incoming freshmen who are qualified.

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 PPL and 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 at least one week before your SOAR date.

When should I finish the test?

You should finish the complete ALEKS Math Placement Test online at least one week before your SOAR date.

How do I register for ALEKS Math Placement Test?

You should receive our ALEKS Math Placement Test information directly from CSULB enrollment service if you are qualified for the test. After you receive the test information, you may log into the ALEKS test site according to the ALEKS Registration instruction

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 5/22-8/12, 2017).