College of Science

Calculus Placement Assessment: ALEKS PPL

What is the ALEKS PPL Assessment?

ALEKS PPL is the mathematics placement program that Cal Poly Pomona uses. It allows you to review, take practice tests, do guided study, and then come to campus for a proctored official placement test.

Who needs to take the ALEKS PPL Assessment?

In general, the following majors need to take the ALEKS PPL Assessment unless exempt from it:

  • College of Science: All majors except Kinesiology.
  • College of Engineering: All majors.
  • College of Agriculture: Food Science and Technology major.

More specifically, if your major requires you to take MAT 1140, MAT 1200, or MAT 1300, then you are required to take the ALEKS PPL assessment unless you have achieved one of the following:

  • You earned a 3 or higher on the AP AB and/or BC Calculus exam.
  • You took College Algebra (as the prerequisite for MAT 1200) or College Algebra and Trigonometry (as the prerequisites for MAT 1140 and MAT 1300) at an accredited college and earned a C or higher.
  • You earned a 4 or higher on IB Mathematics HL.

NOTE: Your SAT math score and/or your ACT math score do not make you eligible to take MAT 1140, MAT 1200, or MAT 1300, regardless of your scores. You are only exempt from taking the ALEKS PPL assessment if you meet the conditions stated above.

How do I sign up for the ALEKS PPL Assessment?

You may register on the Testing Services website for one of our scheduled official test days here at Cal Poly Pomona.

As soon as possible, you ahould take the initial practice test. You should then continue to use the software from home to review and prepare for the official proctored test. ALEKS PPL will provide you with guided study personalized to your practice test results. You can take a second practice test at home before you come to campus for your official proctored plaement test.

What do the scores mean on the official proctored test? 

Math Placement Chart (PDF)
ALEKS Composite Score Trig Subscore Initial Placement Comments
78-100

MAT 1140 Calculus I

MAT 1200 Calculus for Life Sciences

MAT 1250 Business Calculus

MAT 1300 Technical Calculus I

Also eligible to take PHY 1210/1210L.
61-77 0-22 MAT 1060 Trigonometry Only MAT 1060 is required
for continuing into MAT
1140 or MAT 1300. MAT
1050 may be skipped unless
required by major.
23-29 MAT 1050 College Algebra

Only MAT 1050 is required
for continuing into MAT
1140 or MAT 1300. MAT
1060 may be skipped unless
required by major. 

Also eligible to take PHY 1210/1210L.

Any trig subscore

MAT 1200 Calculus for Life Science

MAT 1250 Business Calculus

53-60

MAT 1050 College Algebra

MAT 1060 Trigonometry

MAT 1070 Pre-calculus

MAT 1250 Business Calculus

Must take MAT 1070 OR take
both MAT 1050* and 1060*
before taking calculus (1140
or 1300). *May be taken in either order or at the same time.
46-52

MAT 1050 College Algebra

MAT 1060 Trigonometry

Must take both MAT 1050
and 1060 before taking
calculus (1140 or 1300).
MAT 1050 and 1060 may be
taken in either order or at the same time.
0-45

Category IV students required to
take MAT 1051/A or STA 1201/A.


Category III students take either
MAT 1051/A or STA 1201/A or
designated sections of MAT 1050 or
STA 1200 with corequisite activity
unit.

MAT 1051+1052 is a twocourse
sequence equivalent
to MAT 1050. STA
1201+1202 is a two‐course
sequence equivalent to STA
1200.

Whom can I contact for further information?

For questions about how to register for the on-campus proctored test or information about days and times of the on-campus proctored test, please contact Testing Services at 909-869-5299.

For questions or concerns about whether you are required to take the ALEKS PPL placement, please contact Ian Carlson in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at iccarlson@cpp.edu

For questions about using the ALEKS PPL website to practice before your on-campus proctored test, please contact the office of Mathematics and Statistics at 909-869-3142 or MathStat@cpp.edu.