The University of Arizona

Math Placement Assessment- ALEKS PPL


The Math Placement Assessment (Test) is generally available April-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 ALEKS UA Online 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 ALEKS PPL Math Placement Assessment

ALEKS PPL 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:

  • It is a 30 question, 60-90 minute assessment, but students have up to 3 hours to complete it.  You cannot save and come back to the test, you must complete it in one sitting. 
  • You can take the assessment up to five times in a 1 year period, but your access expires 1 year after your first attempt.  There is a 24 hour waiting period between attempts at the assessment.  If you schedule a retake prior to the 24 hour waiting period, you will be blocked from taking the assessment. 
  • The problems must be done in order.  Once you have answered a question, you cannot go back and change it.
  • Assessment scores are good for one year for entry into MATH courses. 
  • Students are expected to adhere to the UA Code of Conduct while taking the assessment. Take the assessment as if you are taking an in-person proctored test.  Use of any prohibited materials (phone, websites, un-approved calculator, persons, textbooks, notes, etc.) will be reported to the Dean of Students, as will any suspicious behavior while taking the assessment.  This will result in an invalidated score on the assessment.
  • Once you complete the assessment (or run out of time on the 3 hour time limit), your score is final.   


Additional information about the UA ALEKS Online Math Placement 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.