ALEKs PPL
Dear NCC student,
Math placement is an important step to make sure you get into the right math class for you to succeed. Please take this test seriously and do your best. Make sure that the test is done by you alone with no help or observation from anyone else.
You may take ALEKs PPL the first time at home. The test varies in length, depending on the student - usually anywhere from about 30 minutes to 2 or 3 hours. If you place lower than you wished, you may use the 6-month free practice program to brush up on your math skills before taking the placement test again. The best strategy is to set aside a little time several days per week to work on ALEKs PPL, for example, 15 minutes a day for 4-5 days a week or 20 minutes a day for 3-4 days a week.
Before you take the placement test again, you are required to have worked on ALEKs PPL’s practice module for several hours.
You may take the placement test 2 more times (up to three times total). We will use your best placement to put you in a class. You have up to one year to take the 2 retries. Students have six months of access to the ALEKs PPL practice modules.
To take the test again, students must first spend a minimum of 20 hours working in the ALEKs PPL online preparation and practice module. To take the test a third time, students must spend at least an additional 15 hours working in the program. Or, on-campus students 2^{nd} and 3^{rd} placement tests may be proctored, at the student’s request. Students may email Dr. Andrew Wood at awood@nechristian.edu for an appointment. Unless the student requests to have a proctored test, the 2^{nd} and 3^{rd} try for ALEKs PPL may be done at home, after the minimum hours of work on the ALEKs PPL practice module have been done.
If a student would rather not take the ALEKs PPL placement, they will be placed into our Online Math Review class (MTH0105). This is a 3-unit, non-college credit course designed to prepare students for college level math. Nebraska Christian College Students will be much better off to use the ALEKs PPL preparation modules and placement exams.
Anticipating your success in math,
Professor Kavanaugh
HIU and NC Mathematics
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What is ALEKs PPL? ALEKs PPL stands for Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces Placement, Preparation, and Learning. ALEKs is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course.
- Who needs to take ALEKs PPL? Undergraduate students entering the university during or after the Fall 2017 semester, who have not already fulfilled their math requirement (through transfer credits, AP math score of 3 or higher, or qualifying CLEP math test score). Undergraduates who entered prior to Fall 2017 may keep their placement or choose to take ALEKs PPL. For a student who does not want to take the assessment, see below.
- How does the student take ALEKs PPL? Simply click on the link above.
- When do students need to take ALEKs PPL? As early as possible. In general, we would recommend that students take their initial placement 6 months to a year before they expect to take a math class. Here is why: If a student scores high enough to place into a college level math class, then he/she may register for the required course whenever it is convenient (within 18 months of taking the placement test). Students who place below college level math have 6 months of online ALEKs PPL tutorial to help them learn what they need. After they have worked on the ALEKs PPL tutorial for a specified number of hours, they may take their placement again. If they are still not in a College level math course, they may work on ALEKs PPL for more hours and take the placement one more time. They have up to 3 times total to take the placement instrument and this must be done within one year of their first time signing up for ALEKs PPL. For on campus students, the 2nd and 3rd try on ALEKs PPL will be proctored. They can sign up for this by emailing Dr. Andrew Wood at awood@nechristian.edu. Online students may take the 2nd and 3rd try at home but must email Dr. Wood at awood@nechristian.edu after they have used the tutorial for several hours in order to have the placement test re-opened for them.
- Why do math placement? We want to take people from where they are in their math skills and help them move forward. It is important that we figure out where they are so that we can help them.
- What does ALEKs PPL cost? There is no additional cost to students for the assessment. The cost is covered as part of the student fee assessed at the beginning of each semester.
- What if a student does not place into college math after one year or three tries at ALEKs PPL? Then they will be placed into one of our math review classes (MTH0105).
- What if a student does not want to take ALEKs PPL? Nebraska Christian students who do not want to take ALEKs PPL will be placed into our Online Math Review course (MTH0105). However, students are better off to use the ALEKs PPL program because it is less expensive than the MTH0105 course that they will be placed into, and uses the same online material (ALEKs).
- What are the ALEKs PPL cutoff scores for math classes?
ALEKs Score |
Math Placement Level |
Courses |
0-32 |
Math Review |
MTH0105 |
33-48 |
Liberal Arts Math 1 |
MTH1175 |
49-64 |
College Algebra |
MTH1101 |
65-100 |
Pre-Calculus |
MTH1115 |
- If a student gets a high score on ALEKs PPL, must they take the highest math course that they placed into? No. A student may take the highest math course they placed into or anything below, keeping in mind that the Math Review courses are non-college credit. So, for example, a student with a score of 67 may take Pre-Calculus, College Algebra, or Liberal Arts Math I, depending on their major and interests.
- How will the student know their score on ALEKs PPL? The student’s score can be seen by the student as soon as they finish their placement test. Students may take a screenshot of their score and send it to the registrar at lwood@nechristian.edu or to their advisor if they need to sign up for a math course quickly.
- Do we use ALEKs for course material and how does it work? ALEKs is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS instructs the student on the topics she/he is most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS courses are very complete in their topic coverage and ALEKS avoids multiple-choice questions. A student who shows a high level of mastery of an ALEKS course will be successful in the actual course she/he is taking. Several classes at this school (self-paced TUG math review, online math review, online College Algebra, online Pre-Calculus) use ALEKs course learning programs, which are similar but not the same thing as ALEKs PPL.
- Any other questions? Please email me - Professor Kavanaugh - at srkavanaugh@hiu.edu.