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ALEKS PPL (Placement, Preparation and Learning) is a web-based assessment tool that will assess, prepare and place students into the math courses where they are most likely to succeed.

ALEKS PPL has test prep built in and is customized for you. Learning and remediation is created for you in the Prep and Learning module. This gives you the opportunity to refresh forgotten math skills before taking the proctored assessments that are used to place you into math courses.

  • Only proctored assessments are used for official course placement.
  • Proctored assessments may either be taken at home or in the Testing Center.
  • No external calculators are allowed for the placement assessments. There is a built in calculator available for some questions.
  • The cost of ALEKS PPL is $35 ($25 for the exam and a $10 processing fee).

How to Get Started

Pay the ALEKS processing fee ($10).

Purchase ALEKS PPL product at ($25). Click “sign up” at the top of the page and use course code XFGVK-RH3CA is not compatible with Internet Explorer.

Take the first placement assessment on your own (not proctored) to set up your Prep and Learning module.

Work in your Prep and Learning module for three or more hours to enable the proctored assessment.

Take your proctored assessment. You will have the opportunity to take four proctored assessments by repeating steps 4 and 5. Proctored assessments may be taken either at home or in the Testing Center. See information below.

After each proctored assessment:

  • If you place into your desired math course, great! You have access to ALEKS PPL for 12 months.
  • If you do not place into your math course, you may choose to continue with additional preparation. Work in the Prep and Learning module for an additional three or more hours to enable your next placement assessment.
  • You are not required to take all placement assessments.

Proctored Assessments Taken at Home

Proctored assessments taken at home require use of a computer, internet, webcam and microphone (Chromebooks CANNOT be used). 

  • You will be required to download LockDown Browser.
  • The password for proctored assessments at home is ALEKSCALC2.
  • After each proctored exam is complete, email, include your name and WCTC student ID number, with "ALEKS" in subject line.

Please note:

  • You are not allowed any assistance during the test. Make sure you are away from others. Take the test in a quiet room by yourself if possible.
  • You will be recorded during your exam. Please dress appropriately; this includes wearing a shirt at all times.
  • This recording is reviewed for any behavior not allowed during testing (getting help from others, using your cell phone, use of a calculator, etc.) If it is determined that cheating occurred during your session, exam scores will be canceled and removed from your myWCTC student account.

Proctored Assessments Taken in the Testing Center

Schedule your proctored ALEKS assessment to be taken at the WCTC Testing Center.

Schedule Your Exam

Disability Accommodations

If you have a disability and need accommodations for ALEKS PPL, please contact the Student Accessibility Office at or 262.691.5318.