Placement Results

What is my placement result?

Your placement result (overall score) is a number between 0 and 100. It represents the percentage of topics ALEKS has identified you have mastered.

Course placement is determined as follows:

ALEKS – Scores Must Be Within 2 Years



ALEKS Score:  0-13

MAT-053 Pre-Algebra

ALEKS Score:  14 – 29

MAT-063 Elementary Algebra

MAT-065 Math Literacy

MAT-066 Algebra I

MAT-104 Applied Math Topics

ALEKS Score:  30 - 45

MAT-067 Algebra II

MAT-073 Elementary Algebra II

MAT-156 Statistics

MAT- 110 Math for Liberal Arts

ALEKS Score:  46 - 60

MAT-117 Math for Elementary Teachers

MAT-121 College Algebra

MAT-140 Finite Math

ALEKS Score:  61 - 75

MAT-128 Pre-Calculus

MAT-165 Business Calculus 

ALEKS Score:  76

MAT- 210 Calculus 1


Where can I see my score?

  • You will receive your score immediately upon completion of your Placement Assessment.


How long is my placement result valid?

Your placement result is valid for 2 years.


What if I do not place into the course I wanted?

This is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of the Prep and Learning Modules offered within ALEKS PPL. An individualized study plan will be created based on your performance on the Initial Placement Assessment. ALEKS will identify what you know and what you are ready to learn next so you can brush up on lost knowledge.


I did not place into the class I wanted. Can I take it anyway?

No, you must achieve the minimum placement result to take each corresponding class.


What if I placed into the class I wanted?

Congratulations! Continue to use your Prep and Learning Module to improve your chances for success. The placement result required is the minimum preparation for your course. Take advantage of the individualized review and learning features in ALEKS to get a better grade in your class.


Can I retake the ALEKS PPL Assessment?

Yes, you may take up to 2 additional Placement Assessments. However, to make each attempt worthwhile, it is important that you spend time working in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module between Placement Assessments so that you can improve your skills. Eastern Iowa requires you to take 3 hours of prep and learning.


Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment immediately?

You must wait 48 hours between Placement Assessments. There is generally no benefit to re-taking the Placement Assessment immediately after completing a prior attempt. You cannot improve your results by simply re-taking the Placement Assessment without spending time in the Prep and Learning Module to refresh material that you may have forgotten.