ALEKS Math Placement

What is ALEKS PPL?

ALEKS PPL is an online assessment and learning system that offers math placement exams and individualized review to assist in accurate placement.  Studying with ALEKS and retaking the assessment will allow you to improve your placement score and take the most appropriate class for your success.

How does it work?

An access fee of $20 will give you 6 months of access to 1 practice assessment, 4 placement assessment attempts, and ALEKS-generated learning modules for personalized math review. 

What do I need to do?

  • Go to ALEKS website and click “Sign up Now!”
  • Starting July 1, 2019 use Course Code L4RGK-QHHU9
  • Confirm your class information (Math Placement, Academic Year 2018-2019 or 2019-2020).
  • Select “I have never used ALEKS before”.
  • Purchase an access code when prompted by using a credit or debit card.
  • Fill out the Student Registration Information.  Be sure that your student ID number and school email are correct for accurate score reporting.
  • When registration is complete, you will be sent an email with your username and password.
  • Go to ALEKS website and log in with your username and password.
  • The first time you login, you will see an animated introduction as well as a Tutorial to acquaint you with the system.

Testing times are limited, so it is a good idea to schedule your proctored exam approximately 1 - 2 weeks in the future, allowing time for refresh and practice.

Take the test at Shoreline's Testing Center:

Make an appointment for ALEKS

Take it elsewhere:

If you are unable to take your proctored ALEKS assessment at Shoreline's Assessment & Testing Center, you may find another testing location that is convenient for you. Other community colleges, universities and even some libraries offer this service. Most will charge a proctoring fee so do shop around.

Once you’ve found your testing location and made an appointment to take the test, email the Shoreline's Assessment & Testing Center the information below.

Once your test is scheduled, please email us at

Student's Name (First, Last, Middle)
Shoreline Community College SID #
Home Address
Phone Number
Email Address
Testing Location Name
Testing Location Address
Testing Location Phone Number
Testing Location Email Address
Proctor’s Name

The practice assessment is designed to prepare you to find the right level of math class for you. ALEKS will help you identify which topics you might have already learned and could be "refreshed" without needing to study them again in a math class.

  • You can take this first practice assessment from any web-enabled computer, and you do not need anyone monitoring while you do it.
  • The first placement assessment is optional and entirely for your benefit. The score will not count for placement into a course at Shoreline community College. Skip to "5. Take a Placement Assessment" if you do not wish to take a practice assessment.
  • The ALEKS system will use this test to develop your learning module to help you study before your first official placement assessment.
  • The assessment will have at most 30 questions and generally takes approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to complete.
  • You have 24 hours from when you start to complete this initial practice assessment.  You may log out, and ALEKS will keep track of your progress.  After 24 hours, the assessment will refresh to new.
  • Although you are taking this practice test on your own, we suggest you follow the same rules that will apply to your official placement test:
    • No calculator is allowed except when provided on-screen by ALEKS.
    • No outside resources other than a writing tool and scratch paper are allowed.

To take the practice assessment, click “Get Started” when you access ALEKS.

After each assessment, your score (a single number between 0 and 100) will display on your screen as soon as you are finished. The table below shows the math course placement for each ALEKS score.


Places you into:


ABE Math Foundations


ABE Math Transitions  OR  MATH 070


MATH 070 OR MATH 146* with MATH 046 Corequisite


MATH 098 OR MATH 146* with MATH 046 Corequisite


MATH 99/107/146 (Note: Math 146 has an English prerequisite too.)


MATH 111/141


MATH 142/148


MATH 151

For placement above MATH 151, contact

After you complete the practice assessment, ALEKS will use the results of your assessment attempts to identify areas for review and create an individualized learning module for you.

Using the learning module is optional.

Note that the topics in the prep module span over a wide range of math courses.  You do not need to master all the topics to retake the placement assessment.  Even just a few hours in the Prep and Learning Module can yield a higher course placement.

To access your Prep and Learning Module after an assessment, click on “Get Started,” and then click “Start My Path” or "Continue My Path".  

Your placement assessment must be proctored in order to use it for placement into a Shoreline Community College math course. Shoreline’s Testing Center will proctor your assessment for free.

Make an appointment for ALEKS

  • The assessment will have at most 30 questions and generally takes approximately 1 to 1.5 hours to complete.
  • No calculator is allowed except when provided on-screen by ALEKS.
  • No outside resources other than a writing tool and scratch paper are allowed.
  • Placement assessment scores are valid for 2 years at Shoreline Community College.

For more information about what to expect during your exam, visit the testing center web page.

  • In addition to your optional practice assessment, you will have four total attempts at placement assessment.
  • Between each placement assessment attempt, you will be required to complete 3 hours of studying using the prep modules prepared by ALEKS.  
  • You may take the ALEKS assessment for placement up to twice per quarter (not including the optional placement assessment).

Below is a visual summary of the steps for math placement using ALEKS

A visual depiction of the steps involved in math placement at Shoreline using ALEKS PPL