ALEKS Placement Test

At UNC, the ALEKS Placement Test is intended for students who know Algebra and / or Trigonometry but do not have ACT scores or SAT Math Subject Test Scores.  ALEKS consists of three parts:

  • An initial unproctored placement test (you can think of this as a practice test, but please take it seriously and give it your best, honest effort)
  • The Prep and Learning Module, an individualized, self-paced online review, and 2 additional practice placement tests
  • A final proctored placement test, which is the only test that actually determines your course placement

How and when can I get started on ALEKS? You can get started anytime up to 6 months before the final unproctored placement test. To start, go to, and sign up using the code FDXVY-DTAYT. You will need a credit card to pay the $25 fee.  Once you take the initial unproctored placement test, you will have a chance to practice in the Prep and Learning Module to improve your preparation level before you take the final proctored placement test.  You are encouraged to spend time in the Prep and Learning Module, even if your desired score is achieved, because time spent in ALEKS will ultimately lead to better preparation and improved grades.

In addition to purchasing access to ALEKS, please sign up here to take the final proctored test, no later than 8:00 am on the morning of the exam.

When and where is the final proctored ALEKS placement test? The final proctored ALEKS placement test is normally offered on the last business day before the first day of classes in Fall and Spring semesters.  For Spring 2019, this is  Tuesday, January 8 from 1:00 – 4:00 in Phillips 332.  Be sure to sign up to take the final proctored test, using the link in the preceding paragraph, no later than 8:00 am on the morning of the exam.

What materials do I need to bring to the final proctored ALEKS placement test? Please bring a laptop, photo ID, and pencil to the test. The test will be administered online on your laptop. You will NOT need a calculator, as one will be provided online for problems that require it.

What UNC classes does the ALEKS Placement Test give placement credit for?  Depending on your score, the ALEKS Placement Test can give you placement credit for Math 110P (Algebra) and / or Math 129P, which is the placement version of Math 130 (Precalculus).

Cut Score Range Placement Credit Awarded Register for this Course Next
0 0 – 45 None Math 110 (Algebra), but please use ALEKS to review before class begins
46 46 – 60 None Math 110 (Algebra)
61 61 – 75 Math 110P (Algebra) Math 130 (Precalculus) or Math 152 (Business Calculus)
76 76 – 100 Math 110P (Algebra) and Math 129P (Precalculus) Math 231 (Calculus)

What topics are covered during the ALEKS PPL Assessment?

  • 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).

Is there a cost for the ALEKS Placement Test? Yes, it costs $25. You can pay online when you register.

Does the ALEKS Placement Test give the same course credit as taking Math 110 or Math 130?  No, students do not earn any course credits or units towards graduation by passing the ALEKS Placement Test. They only receive placement credit, which gives permission to take classes that require Math 110 or Math 130 as prerequisites.

Who should take the ALEKS Placement Test?
The ALEKS Placement Test is intended primarily for students who do not have placement by other means. Students who already have placement scores (e.g. from the ACT or SAT Math Subject Test) are not expected to take the ALEKS placement test, but they are permitted to do so if they wish to use ALEKS’ Prep and Learning Modules to review and improve their mastery of Algebra and Precalculus and attempt to place higher in the Precalculus / Calculus sequence.  Students who have already registered for Math 110 or Math 130 and withdrew or failed cannot use the ALEKS placement test place out of these classes.

When will I find out the results? You will receive your score immediately upon completion of your proctored placement test. Your ALEKS score can be viewed by re-entering ALEKS later.

If I pass the ALEKS Placement Test, how do I register for Math 130 (or Math 152 or Math 231 or classes in other departments that require Math 110 as prereqs) ? If you are successful, your record should be automatically updated on Connect Carolina to include placement credit for Math 110P (and / or Math 129P).   However, it usually takes a couple of months for the Connect Carolina record to be updated, so if you need to register for classes for the current semester, then the Undergraduate Student Services Manager for the Math Department can register you manually, space permitting. She can also facilitate registration for classes in other departments that require Math 110 or Math 130 as prerequisites, space permitting.

Can I get accommodations for the ALEKS Placement Test? If you require accommodations for the placement exams, please work with Accessibility Resources & Services <> to register for accommodations. If appropriate, please contact Linda Green at to get a different ALEKS code that allows extended time.

Is there any other way to get placement credit for Math 110 or Math 130? Please see Math Department website for information on  placement using ACT scores, SAT Math Subject Test scores, or IB scores.

Where can I get help with ALEKS?

What if I want to place out of Calculus?  Please see Math Department website for information on  placing out of Calculus using AP scores or IB scores. There are also Calculus Placement Tests for students who don’t have those scores.

What if I have additional questions? Please email