Math Placement Assessments at Southern Oregon University
Southern Oregon University uses the ALEKS math placement system to help insure that you will be successful in your first college math class. Below you will find information on the ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning (PPL) system and how we use it to place you in the right math class.
Why should I take the Math Placement Assessment?
We do not want you to waste your time or money taking a class for which you are under or over qualified. Placement scores are used to determine the most appropriate math courses for you as you move forward with your college coursework. After taking a Placement Assessment, you should meet with their advisor who will advise you on the best math class according your placement score and your major.
This is a “Placement Assessment,” not a test. The difference is that a Placement Assessment is designed to determine what you know and what you need to work on. At the end of the ALEKS PPL Assessment, you will have a much better sense of your strengths and weaknesses in math. You will then have a chance to brush on topics that you may have forgotten.
Be honest. It is important that you take the Placement Assessment seriously and give it your honest effort so your score truly reflects yourt current level of knowledge and math preparedness. There is no benefit to cheating on the Placement Assessment – the only result will be that you will enroll in a class that is too difficult, or not challenging enough, potentially costing extra time and money. While taking the Placement Assessment, do not consult any outside sources for help (friends/family, internet searches, textbooks, notes etc...). We want an accurate measure of your current mathematical knowledge state.
What is the Math Placement Assessment?
What is the Math Placement Assessment?SOU may require you to take an ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) Assessment to determine your readiness for mathematics courses. ALEKS PPL is a web-based program that uses artificial intelligence to map your strengths and weaknesses. The Placement Assessment has up to thirty questions and generally takes 60-90 minutes to complete. After the Placement Assessment, an individualized Prep and Learning Module is available to help you refresh your knowledge on forgotten topics. Your will then have the opportunity to retake the assessment and improve your placement score.
ALEKS consists of three parts:
- An Initial Placement Assessment which you can take for practice
- The Prep and Learning Module, an individualized, self-paced online review
- Access to four additional Placement Assessments
SOU encourages you to spend time in the Prep and Learning Module, even if you achieved your desired score, because time spent in ALEKS will ultimately lead to better preparation and improved grades.
Still have questions? Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.