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Math Placement, PPL Assessment

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If you are signing up to take the PPL Assessment now, click here for information to help you through the process.

If you are testing later, read about the Assessment. You are responsible for this information before accessing the UA PPL Assessment. 


The PPL Assessment is generally available March-August and October-January.

Math Placement is standard practice for colleges and universities, and is an important part of student success at UA. The purpose of our placement process is to determine, based on your mathematical background and current mathematical ability, which MATH courses are appropriate for you. Past experience shows that the Math Placement Test may be the clearest indicator. For this reason, we encourage all students to take the PPL Placement Assessment; however, if you are an incoming transfer student you may be able to use a transfer Math course for placement. Incoming freshman students can qualify for courses through sufficient SAT I MSS or ACT MATH scores. These scores must be recent.

Incoming students should refer to the information in the Math Placement section of Next Steps Center, and access the test through Next Steps Center.  

About the PPL Assessment

The PPL Assessment is a proctored math placement assessment that places students into all courses at or below the level of Calculus I (Math 122A/B,125).

Brief information about the test:

Are you taking the PPL Assessment now?

If you are taking the PPL Assessment through Examity now, you will need these instructions while testing


Additional Information

Additional information about the PPL Assessment and procedures is available through the ALEKS PPL FAQs .  

After completing the assessment, students can check their scores through Next Steps Center (incoming students) or on your Transfer Credit Report in UAccess Student within 24 hours of testing. Check the Math Placement Chart to determine which course(s) you are eligible for.