ALEKS Mathematics Placement Assessment

Success in college begins with appropriate course placement. A student's first math course is critical to that success. With a unique combination of adaptive assessment and personalized learning, ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (PPL) accurately measures each student's math foundation and creates a personalized learning module to review and refresh lost knowledge. This allows students to be placed and successful in the right course, expediting student’s paths to complete both their Ohio Northern University General Education “knowledge of mathematics and statistics” requirement, and their degrees.


What is the purpose of completing ALEKS PPL Assessment?

This is a not a test. The difference is that the ALEKS PPL Assessment is designed to determine what a student knows and what a student needs to work on. At the end of the ALEKS PPL Assessment, a student will have a much better sense of his/her strengths and weaknesses in math. Students then have a chance to brush on topics that may have been forgotten or haven’t been practiced for some time.


What is ALEKS PPL?

ALEKS PPL is up to 25 questions and generally takes 50-75 minutes to complete. After completing ALEKS PPL, an individualized Prep and Learning Module is available for students to refresh their knowledge on forgotten topics. Students then have the opportunity to reassess and improve their assessment.


ALEKS consists of three parts:

  • An Initial Assessment
  • The Prep and Learning Module, an individualized, self-paced online review
  • Access to four additional Assessments


ONU encourages each student to spend time in the Prep and Learning Module, even if the desired score is achieved, because time spent in ALEKS will ultimately lead to better preparation and improved grades.


Be honest. It is important that the ALEKS PPL Assessment is taken seriously, and each student gives it an honest effort so that the assessment truly reflects their current level of knowledge and math preparedness. There is no benefit to cheating on this assessment. Therefore, while taking the assessment, students should not consult any outside sources for help (friends/family, internet searches, GPT, textbooks, notes etc...). The purpose of this assessment is to give an accurate measure of each student’s current mathematical knowledge state so that each student will be successful in mathematics courses. Ohio Northern University students have an obligation to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct. The ONU Student Code of Academic Conduct expects students to conduct themselves in a dignified and honorable manner as mature members of the academic community and assumes that individually and collectively they will discourage acts of academic dishonesty.



Follow the steps below to register for and access ALEKS Placement Prep & Learning, PPL. For help with registration, contact ALEKS Customer Support (800-258-2374;

Step 1: Visit and select SIGN UP NOW!

Step 2: Enter the 10-character ALEKS code that was sent to you (or find it on the INTERNAL ONU webpage) into the Class Code box in the section titled “Using ALEKS with a Class”. Then select Continue.

Step 3: Verify Your Class Name. If the information is incorrect, select (Cancel) to re-enter the ALEKS Code. If the information is correct, select Confirm.

Class: Incoming Freshman, Fall 2023
Subject: Higher Education Math Placement
Institution: Ohio Northern University  

Step 4: Select “No, I have never used ALEKS before.” Then select Continue

Step 5: Complete the Student Information and be sure to write down the password you create. Agree to the Terms of Use and then select Continue.

Step 6: You’ll next see your Login Name generated by ALEKS. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provided that includes your Login Name. Be sure to save this information. Keep your ALEKS PPL login and password—you need them to access ALEKS PPL.

Step 7: On the next screen (“Welcome to your ALEKS class management experience”) select Continue.

Step 8: Click on the name of your ALEKS PPL name, to enter your ALEKS PPL account.