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Preparing for the Math Placement Test

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The ALEKS PPL Math Placement Test has a brief tutorial which shows you how to input responses; however there is no practice test before the actual test. If you would like to prepare for the test, we recommend you use a website like Khan Academy to review. Please be advised that the test is meant to assess your current Math ability and the goal of the assessment is for you to be placed into an appropriate course where you will be successful. Attempting to cram information right before the test or teach yourself topics that you have never learned in order to get a higher score may result in you taking a course that you are not prepared to take.

Before you begin, we recommend becoming familiar with your current Math Placement goals. If you know your major or have an idea of what you want to do, please click here to review the Math courses you will need for your majors: Math Placement Goals

If you are concerned about your score or feel that you have not met your goal, you will be able to take the test again after your first attempt. For more information, please click here: Retaking the Math Placement Test


Specific topics that may be covered on the test include:

  • Real numbers (including fractions, integers, and percentages)
  • Equations and inequalities (including linear equations, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations, and quadratic equations)
  • Linear and quadratic functions (including graphs and functions, linear functions, and parabolas)
  • Exponents and polynomials (including integer exponents, polynomial arithmetic, factoring, and polynomial equations)
  • Rational expressions (including rational equations and rational functions
  • Radical expressions (including higher roots and rational exponents)
  • Exponentials and logarithms (including function compositions and inverse functions, properties of logarithms, and logarithmic equations)
  • Geometry and trigonometry (including perimeter, area, and volume, coordinate geometry, trigonometric functions, and identities and equations).