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U of I Math Placement through ALEKS

The University of Illinois requires the U of I Math Placement Exam through ALEKS to assess a student's prerequisite knowledge for course placement. ALEKS is a powerful artificial-intelligence based assessment tool that zeros in on the strengths and weaknesses of a student's mathematical knowledge, reports its findings to the student, and then if necessary provides the student with a learning environment for bringing this knowledge up to an appropriate level for course placement.


2015 Summer Semester Feb. 15 - June 19, 2015
2015 Fall Semester April 15, 2015 - Aug. 28, 2015

ALEKS PPL Beginning Spring Semester 2016

Backed by decades of research, ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) is the premier 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 less. Students are correctly placed and given the opportunity to improve their placement with targeted learning through a 6-month Prep and Learning Module. A seamless transition from assessment to learning empowers students and builds learning momentum.

The mathematical background requirements will be the same as the previous version of ALEKS, however ALEKS PPL has a different placement scale. Thus for placement beginning Spring 2016, courses will have the following ALEKS PPL placement score requirements:

Math 112 50% Recommended
Math 115 / Math 234 65% Required
Math 220 / Math 221 80% Required

Click the "Access Exam" link at top left if you are ready to take the exam.