Undergraduate Testing Requirements


What is the ALEKS PPL Assessment?

ALEKS PPL is the mathematics placement program the Cal Poly Pomona uses. It allows you to review, take practice tests, and then come to campus for the 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, Foods and Nutrition-Nutrition Science 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.

*Cal Poly Pomona will only be administering the ALEKS assessment for Cal Poly Pomona students.

What is my next step?

If you are not exempt from taking the ALEKS PPL Assessment due to the conditions listed above, you should do two things:

  • Sign up now for the ALEKS PPL placement program, which includes the opportunity to practice before you take an official test.
  • Register soon for the ALEKS PPL official proctored placement test.

To register and practice the ALEKS PPL, visit the Test Center.