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University of Mississippi Mathematics Lab

ALEKS PPL

The University of Mississippi wants you to succeed when it comes to math.

Success in math starts with taking the right course. It is important that you are placed in the appropriate math course so you do not waste time and money in courses for which you are over- or under-qualified.

The University is implementing a program called ALEKS PPL for placing students in appropriate math classes. ALEKS – Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces – is a web-based learning system that uses artificial intelligence.

This assessment is only available to students who meet at least one of the following criteria.

  • Students with no ACT/SAT score.
  • Incoming freshmen (or incoming transfer students) with a math sub-score of 17-18 on the ACT (or SAT 460-500). Please note that if you have taken the SAT since spring 2016, this is designated in our catalog as SATR.
  • Incoming freshmen (or incoming transfer students) with a math sub-score of 22-23 on the ACT (or SAT 540-570) wanting to enroll in MATH 261, CHEM 105, or BISC 160. Please note that if you have taken the SAT since spring 2016, this is designated in our catalog as SATR.

ALEKS efficiently assesses readiness for courses ranging from basic arithmetic up to Calculus I in a single assessment with a maximum of 30 questions. This initial assessment is unproctored (taken at home without an appointment) and DOES NOT count for placement. Based on the results of the initial assessment, ALEKS creates an individualized study plan called a Prep and Learn Module to help you refresh what you’ve forgotten. After reviewing, you can take up to four proctored assessments that count for placement (only the best score counts). Spending time working in the Prep and Learn Module should allow you to improve your math placement score and possibly skip lower-level courses.

Access to ALEKS costs about $25 (plus tax), which includes the initial unproctored attempt and four proctored attempts at the placement assessment as well as six months access to the Prep and Learn Modules. Click the link below for more detailed information.

Download more information on ALEKS by clicking HERE!

Your ALEKS score shows what course, or courses, you would be eligible to register for after taking the placement test. Below is a chart showing which course(s) corresponds to your score.

If you wish to take the assessment, after you’ve read the information above, you must apply so that we can verify your eligibility. Click the link below to apply.

Note: If a student wants to place into a math course for a specific term, the test must be taken prior to the first week of classes for that term.

To apply to take the ALEKS PPL Placement Assessment click HERE!   (DO NOT APPLY MORE THAN ONCE UNLESS YOU MADE AN ERROR IN THE APPLICATION!)

Check with your academic advisor for the correct math placement class for your degree program.

ALEKS PPL Score

Corresponding UM Course(s)

0 to 29

DS 099

30 to 45

Math 115, Math 120

46 to 60

Math 121, Math 167

61 to 75

Math 123, Math 125, Math 267

76 to 100

Math 261, Chem 105, Bisc 160