If you are a Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Science or Physics major, or a Liberal Studies major with a Mathematics Concentration, a Mathematics minor, or plan to take Calculus I, refer to this flowchart to see if you are required to take the ALEKS PPL assessment before enrolling in a math class:

Assessment Flowchart.pdf.

Do you plan to enroll in Calculus I now or in the future?  If so, please view: 
Pathways to Calculus.pdf.

Here are some quick ALEKS FAQs


If you are required to take the ALEKS PPL assessment, follow these steps:

1. Make sure you are eligible to take the ALEKS PPL assessment.  Use the Assessment Flowchart above.

2. Beginning in Fall 2019, there will be a $20 testing fee. You will pay McGraw Hill (creators of the ALEKS PPL assessment) directly.  Therefore, the University cannot help with refunds, so make sure you are eligible for the ALEKS PPL assessment before you pay.  See your major advisor if you are unsure about your eligibility.

3. Learn about the ALEKS PPL

4. Register for ALEKS PPL.

An active Stanislaus State email account is required to create an ALEKS PPL sign-in.

Activate your account and access ALEKS PPL. If you are asked for a course code, enter JKLHH-GPRAK.  After completing a questionnaire and short tutorial, you must take an un-proctored assessment. The score for the un-proctored assessment is not used for placement.

Counselor Tip: Take the un-proctored assessment seriously! Give yourself 2 hours to finish it and do not use outside resources. Just do the best you can on your own. The program will adjust to your level of mastery. 

5. Study for the Proctored Assessment.

After the un-proctored assessment is complete, ALEKS PPL will assign a Preparation and Learning Module. This will give you a chance to brush up on topics before the proctored assessment.

6. Sign up for a Time and Date to Take a Proctored Assessment.

  • There are not dates available at this time.

Any ineligible student who takes an ALEKS assessment shall have all their ALEKS scores invalidated. Use the Assessment Flowchart above to determine if you are eligible to take the assessment.

There will be no other ALEKS assessments during the Spring 2020 semester.

Note: Proctored ALEKS PPL assessments will continue throughout the semester. Please check this website for schedule updates. The schedule will be updated every few weeks.

7. Take a Proctored Assessment

A proctored assessment is one where an official proctor verifies your identity (with a photo I.D.), provides the password needed to open the assessment and keeps watch over you while you complete the assessment. A password is required to start a proctored assessment. The assessment password will be provided by the proctor.

Notes are not allowed. Cellphones, calculators, and similar technology are also not allowed. On some problems, ALEKS will provide you with an online calculator. Just click on the calculator icon in the upper right corner. Any violations of these rules shall result in an invalidated assessment.

Only proctored assessment scores will be used for course placement. You are able to complete up to 4 proctored assessments.


Disclaimer: Students enrolled in any mathematics class without satisfying the minimum required Placement Score or the appropriate course prerequisites will be administratively dropped from the course no matter what anyone else, including an adviser or an instructor, may have told them.