ALEKS Math Placement Test Guide - GE Math and Statistics Readiness Exam

Students with (1) Calculus transfer credit, (2) a score of 3-5 on AP calculus AB, or (3) IB Math Higher Level 4 or higher are exempt from this Placement Test, but are strongly encouraged to finish the ALEKS Placement to sharpen their math knowledge and skills.

What are the purposes of ALEKS Math Placement Test?

The purposes of ALEKS Math Placement Test are

  • to refresh/improve your math knowledge and skills before you even take a math or Statistics class at CSULB,
  • to place you into an appropriate GE math or statistics course which usually help you to speed up your graduation, and
  • to prepare you to be successful at CSULB.

Your ALEKS Math Placement Test score will be used to place you into one of the classes Math 104 (The Power of Mathematics), Math 112A (Essential Algebra A), Math 113 (Pre-Calculus Algebra), Math 115 (Calculus for Business), Math 119A (Survey of Calculus), Math 122 (Calculus I), STAT 108 (Statistics for Everyday Life) according to your pre-majors. Even if you feel you are ready for your GE math or statistics course, taking ALEKS Math Placement Test will help you refreshing and improving your math knowledge and thus prepare you to be more successful in your math or statistics course in fall 2018.

Am I eligible to take ALEKS Math Placement Test?

Our ALEKS Math placement test is available to all incoming freshmen.

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 ALEKS Math Placement TEST covers topics from Algebra I and 2 in high school to pre-calculus algebra such as

  • 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 placement test?

You may only take ALEKS Math Placement Test (including total 4 ALEKS assessments) 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).