Why must I take the ALEKS PPL Assessment? The Placement Assessment is used to determine the mathematics course in which you will have the greatest success. Upon completion of the Placement Assessments, your scores are sent to your academic advisor. Your advisor will review your scores and help make appropriate recommendations for course registration.

Who has to take the ALEKS PPL Assessment? All students who enter the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville must take a placement assessment for mathematics courses. The only exception is for students who have college or university transfer credit that is equivalent to MATH 0029, MATH 0030 or that meets or exceeds the general education mathematics requirements of the University.    

When do I take the ALEKS PPL Assessment? Students normally will complete the proctored assessment placement during a Student Testing and Registration Day (STAR Day) before the beginning of each term.  Students can also arrange to take the assessment placement by scheduling an appointment with the Department of Admissions by calling 814-827-4509 or 888-878-0462.  Students can also complete the assessment during the new student orientation for each semester.  

STAR Dates for students beginning classes Fall 2017 are:

  • Saturday, April 8
  • Saturday, May 20
  • Saturday, June 24
  • Friday, July 21
  • New Student Orientation for the fall semester is August 24 to 27

Where can I take my Placement Assessment?

We strongly recommend that you take your first placement assessment at home before you take the second proctored assessment at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville.  The first placement assessment is a chance for you to experience the placement assessment and to see where you initially place.  It also provides you an opportunity to complete any of the ALEKS Preparation and Learning Modules before you take the second assessment.

The second assessment is completed at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville in a proctored environment.  The results of this assessment are used to place you into the mathematics course in which you will be the most successful during your first semester at college.  

If you do not place into the mathematics course of your choosing, you have the possibility to complete a third assessment.  You, however, must wait at least 48 hours before taking the next proctored assessment and you must complete the ALEKS Preparation and Learning Modules that are assigned to you.  If you do not complete the ALEKS Preparation and Learning Modules, you will not be allowed to take the third assessment.  

Is there a fee for using ALEKS PPL? There is no fee for completing the assessment placement.

Do I need to install any software or plug-ins prior to taking the ALEKS Placement Assessment? No. There are no required plug-ins or applets required with your use of ALEKS PPL. As long as you have access to the internet and are using an updated browser, you should not experience difficulties in taking your Placement Assessment.  For a list of preferred browsers, please review the ALEKS system requirements on their support site: http://www.aleks.com/support/system_requirements

What topics are covered during the ALEKS PPL Assessment? ALEKS PPL is an online, adaptive system that covers a broad spectrum of mathematics topics. The length of the Placement Assessment will vary, but can be up to 30 questions. You will see some, but not all, of the math you have learned in high school. It is a Placement Assessment, not a preview of math courses at the University of Pittsburgh. It is designed to identify if you are prepared for a particular course. After you take your first Placement Assessment, you will have the opportunity to review and master additional topics to reassess and improve your placement.  

Topics covered:

  • Real numbers (including fractions, integers, and percentages)
  • Equations and inequalities (including linear equations, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations, and quadratic equations),
  • Linear and quadratic functions (including graphs and functions, linear functions, and parabolas), exponents and polynomials (including integer exponents, polynomial arithmetic, factoring, and polynomial equations), rational expressions (including rational equations and rational functions
  • Radical expressions (including higher roots and rational exponents)
  • Exponentials and logarithms (including function compositions and inverse functions, properties of logarithms, and logarithmic equations)
  • Geometry and trigonometry (including perimeter, area, and volume, coordinate geometry, trigonometric functions, and identities and equations).

Can I practice using the ALEKS input tools before I begin the Placement Assessment? ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial to make sure you are comfortable with the math palette tools before your Placement Assessment begins. The tutorial shows you how to enter different types of answers, how to use the ALEKS calculator, and how to graph. If you aren’t sure how to input an answer, or need help while you are taking the ALEKS Placement Assessment, select the Help button below the answer pallet tools. Going to the tutorial during your Placement Assessment will NOT impact your Placement Assessment results.

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