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ALEKS PPL: Placement, Preparation & Learning

ALEKS Math Placement Exam testing for the Spring 2020 Semester opened on October 1st. The last day to take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam for Spring 2020 Semester is January 3rd, 2020.

(Note: After January 3rd, 2020 there will be no ALEKS testing allowed.  Testing will resume for future semesters after February 1st, 2020.)


USU uses the ALEKS PPL tool for student placement and provide students with resources to help them succeed in meeting their Math requirements.

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What is ALEKS PPL?

ALEKS PPL is an adaptive learning and assessment platform used by millions of students around the world. ALEKS PPL uses adaptive, open-response questioning to rapidly and accurately assess each student on a wide range of course material in 30 questions or fewer.

How does ALEKS work?

ALEKS begins with an initial assessment, which must be taken proctored. Your initial assessment will provide a score that will tell you what USU math and stats courses you would place into. Your initial assessment will also identify concepts that you know and do not know. Students will then have a chance to work on identified weaknesses through a targeted Prep and Learning Module before trying additional attempts at placement assessments.

How many times can I take the placement exam?

Each student has five placement attempts. Each assessment contains 30 questions and requires approximately 90 minutes to complete. Scores from each attempt are uploaded into Banner within 24 business hours to allow registration into Math and Stats courses. Each student’s highest official score (a score from a proctored assessment) will be used for placement.

When should I take the placement exam?

Students need to take ALEKS PPL prior to the start of the semester in which they plan to take a math course. Scores can be used for registration into math courses for up to one year from the day in which they were earned.

What score do I need to get on the placement exam?

Representatives from the Department of Math and Developmental Math consulted with ALEKS representatives to establish cut scores for USU courses. These scores are consistent with those used by similar institutions teaching similar courses and have been vetted by millions of students using ALEKS PPL for placement.


Minimum ALEKS Test Score USU Courses You Will Be Authorized to Register For
0 MATH 0950
14 MATH 0995
STAT 1045
30 STAT 1040
46 MATH 1050
MATH 1051
52 MATH 1060
55 MATH 2010
MATH 2020
STAT 2000
STAT 2300
61 MATH 1100
76 MATH 1210

How do I access ALEKS?

Warning! Once you create your account, it will only be available for 1 year from that date. Once you start your prep and learning modules, they will be available for 6 months from that date. You will be notified via email when your account is going to expire.
After taking their first proctored exam, students can access ALEKS through a link in their USU Banner account. You will have to sign-in to your account and click on the Math Placement Exam (ALEKS) link. (Contact USU Testing Services in order to schedule a proctored ALEKS exam at 435-797-3617.)

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What happens after I sign-up for ALEKS?

A student is given access to a total of five assessments that must be completed within one year, as well as six (6) months of access to the individualized learning modules.

Where can I take a proctored placement exam?

Students in Logan can take a proctored placement assessment at the Logan testing center located on the south side of the Merrill-Cazier Library.  Students who do not live close to Logan can take the exams at any regional campus USU testing center or with any USU-approved proctor.

Logan Testing Center info:
Location - South side of Merrill-Cazier Library
Phone Number - (435) 797-3617
Email -

For more information on taking a proctored exam at USU, finding a proctor near your home, or requesting approval for a proctor, please call 1-855-834-2370.

Can I take a proctored placement exam from home or another remote location?

Yes, students may use Honorlock Proctoring to take any ALEKS placement assessment remotely using a computer with a webcam and microphone. There is a $13.00 proctoring fee for each attempt. Please review the Honorlock quickstart and guidelines prior to the test.

Honorlock Remote proctoring is available on-demand 24/7, with no scheduling required.

Use Honorlock by following these steps:

  1. Using Google Chrome, install the Honorlock Chrome Extension.
  2. With the extension installed, navigate to your ALEKS placement assessment and follow the proctoring instructions that appear on-screen.

What if I see questions I don't know?

It is likely that you will be asked questions on material you have not yet learned. On such questions it is appropriate to answer, I don't know. On any question that you have familiarity with, however, it is important to do your best. I don't know is interpreted by ALEKS to mean that you do not know how to solve the topic, and this will be reflected in the Placement Assessment results. There is no penalty for incorrectly answering a question on the Placement Assessment, it only helps ALEKS understand what you know and don't know.