This guide explains the basics of ALEKS assessments. It will show you when to assess and what to expect. You'll learn how to create your ideal assessment environment, access ALEKS PPL, and evaluate your current math skills in an ALEKS placement assessment.

What’s special about ALEKS?

ALEKS PPL is an adaptive assessment and learning program that provides individualized learning in an open-response environment. Understanding the key differences between ALEKS assessments and conventional ‘aptitude’ exams (e.g. the SAT and ACT) will help you to place into the course that best fits you.

ALEKS PPL covers a broad spectrum of mathematics, but you'll be asked to solve no more than 30 problems in your placement assessments. ALEKS assessments are…

Free Response

You’ll enter your answers using your keyboard, a math symbols palette, and a graphing tool.


You have 48 hours to complete each assessment. You can logout and return as often as you want.


After each response, ALEKS refines its model of your knowledge and selects a new problem using that model.

Introduction to ALEKS PPL


ALEKS PPL has an accessibility mode for blind persons using screen reader technology. JAWS 17+ is required. If you use screen reader technology, contact the Disability Resource Center for additional information and instructions on registering in an ALEKS PPL cohort that supports accessibility mode.

Because there is no audio associated with the ALEKS content, ALEKS is fully accessible to those who are deaf or hard of hearing. ALEKS does not rely exclusively on color to convey critical information, so it is fully accessible to those that are colorblind. High contrast and grayscale settings are available.