ALEKS Mathematics Placement 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, but are strongly encouraged to finish the ALEKS Mathematics Placement to sharpen their math knowledge and skills.

What are the purposes of ALEKS Math Placement?

The purposes of ALEKS Mathematics Placement 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 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 Mathematics Placement 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 Mathematics Placement?

Our ALEKS Mathematics placement is available to all incoming freshmen in majors which require algebra-based math courses.

How much is the cost of taking the ALEKS Mathematics Placement?

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

How long is ALEKS Mathematics Placement?

You should work on ALEKS Mathematics Placement 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 Placement?

The ALEKS Mathematics Placement 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?

You may only take ALEKS Mathematics Placement (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 Placement?

You should finish the whole ALEKS Mathematics Placement (4 ALEKS Assessments) online at least one week before your SOAR date.

How do I register for ALEKS Mathematics Placement?

You should receive our ALEKS Mathematics Placement information by emails from the Department if you are qualified for the test. After you receive the test information, you may log into the ALEKS Placement site according to the ALEKS Registration instruction

How do I get my results?

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