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Mathematics Placement, Preparation & Learning: ALEKS-PPL

Oral Roberts University recognizes that Whole Person Education includes mathematical and quantitative literacy, regardless of your intended field of study. 

It is essential for success in mathematics that you enroll in a course for which you have the necessary preparation and which leads to the math courses required for your particular major. To ensure you enroll in the most appropriate mathematics course for you, ORU requires students to take an ALEKS Placement Assessment. 

ALEKS (Assesment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is an innovative, artificially intelligent assessment and adaptive learning system; the assessment uses open-response questioning to rapidly and accurately assess each student on a wide range of course material in 30 questions or less.

The ALEKS Placement Assessment is available online using ORU Single Sign-On. It covers material from Basic Math through Precalculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.

After the assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning Module is available for you to review and learn the material, and to improve placement and eventual course outcomes.

 

Quantitative Literacy/Statistics Sequence

ALEKS-PPL Score Mathematics Placement
0-29 MAT 099 - Introduction to College Mathematics
30-49 MAT 231 & MAT 232 (co-requisites)
50-100 MAT 232 - Elementary Statistics

 

Calculus Sequence

ALEKS-PPL Score Mathematics Placement
0-45 MAT 099 - Introduction to College Mathematics
46-60 MAT 105 - College Algebra
61-75 MAT 106 - Trigonometry
76-100 MAT 202 - Calculus I

 

Who has to take the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

An ALEKS-PPL score is a prerequisite for every entry-level mathematics course at ORU. All students not already meeting course prerequisites will be required to take the ALEKS Placement Assessment before being allowed to enroll in any entry-level mathematics course at ORU. This includes entering transfer students and returning students who do not have transfer credits that satisfy course prerequisites. A student who does not otherwise meet course prerequisites and does NOT take the ALEKS Placement Assessment will only be eligible to enroll in MAT 099—Introduction to College Mathematics.

Is there a fee for using ALEKS?

Yes, the ALEKS Placement Assessment costs are paid directly to the website by the student.

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

Yes, you may take up to five placement assessments. However, to make each attempt worthwhile, you should spend time working through your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module in between placement assessments so that you can improve your skills.

When can I start my ALEKS Placement Assessment?

Placement Assessment access is available to all students who have an ORU ID number (Z-number). A link to the test is available under the “University Links” menu on D2L or you can access it directly at aleksppl.oru.edu

Instructions:

1) Go to http://aleksppl.oru.edu

2) Enter your student ORU email address and password combination

3) Enroll in the ALEKS-PPL product using a credit or debit card

4) Take a practice assessment at home and then use the adaptive learning modules to prepare

5) Come at appointed times with your laptop computer to the Mathematics Testing Center (BRC 1B52A) to take the official ALEKS-PPL placement assessment.

If you have questions, please email Dr. Jayne Ann Harder at jharder@oru.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have no college mathematics credit on your ORU transcript, then you are required to take ALEKS-PPL to be placed in your first college math course.

You can do both, actually. Your subscription gives you multiple attempts. If you take it in the Fall and get a high enough score, that will count for Summer. However, if your score isn’t quite high enough, you can use the built in adaptive learning modules to prepare and retake the exam in time for summer registration.

ALEKS-PPL is to place students in their first math class at ORU. If you earned a C or higher in MAT 105 College Algebra, either at ORU or by bonafide transfer credit, then you have already taken your first college math class and you do not need to take ALEKS-PPL.

If you already have met the prerequisites for your first math class at ORU, such as college transfer credit, then you do not need to take ALEKS-PPL.

Yes. All students who are taking a first college mathematics class are required to take ALEK-PPL. However, if you take a practice test early, you will be able to use the ALEK-PPL “Preparation and Learning” modules to prepare for the actual test.

Yes, international students also take ALEKS-PPL. The only exemptions for taking ALEKS-PPL is if you (1) received AP credit at ORU for Calculus, (2) have already taken MAT 105 or higher at ORU, (3) have transferred in bonafide transfer credits for MAT 105 or higher. Otherwise, all students need ALEKS-PPL for math placement in their first college math class.

Advanced Placement credit counts towards a student’s first math class at ORU. As long as the AP credit for either calculus or statistics appears on your ORU Transcript, then you are not required to take the ALEKS-PPL placement test.

Course Prerequisite

MAT 105

ALEKS-PPL score of at least 46.

MAT 106

MAT 105 with a grade of "C" or higher or ALEKS PPL score of at least 61.

MAT 201

MAT 106 with a grade of "C" or higher or ALEKS-PPL score of at least 76.

MAT 202

MAT 201 with a grade of "C" or higher.

MAT 231

ALEKS-PPL score of at least 30. Corequisite: MAT 232.

MAT 232

A grade of “C” or higher in MAT 105, MAT 106, MAT 201, or NUR 230 or an ALEKS-PPL score of at least 50 or enrollment in MAT 231.

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