ECC requires an ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning (ALEKS PPL) assessment to determine readiness for mathematics courses for students who score below the math score minimum on the ACT, SAT, SAT3, HiSET, or GED.


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 provides the student with a learning environment for improving this knowledge to an appropriate level for course placement. The Placement Assessment is between 20-30 questions and generally takes between 45-90 minutes to complete.

ALEKS chooses each question on the basis of answers to all the previous questions. Once questions are answered and submitted, students cannot return to a previous question.

ALEKS consists of three parts:

  1. An initial placement assessment:
    • Each student; and therefore each set of assessment questions, is unique. It is impossible to predict the questions that will be asked. The questions begin with Trigonometry questions and then progress to College Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, or Algebra depending if questions are missed in the above levels.
  2. The prep and learning module; an individualized, self-paced online review.
  3. Access to 4 additional placement assessments within a one year period.

ECC encourages each student to spend time in the prep and learning module; even if the desired score is achieved, because time spent in ALEKS will ultimately lead to better preparation and improved grades.


ALEKS PPL Assessment FAQs

Frequently asked questions and answers regarding the ALEKS placement, preparation, and learning (ALEKS PPL) assessment.

ALEKS Prep and Learning Module FAQs

Frequently asked questions and answers regarding the ALEKS prep and learning module.