ALEKS Math Practice Test

Take our ALEKS math practice test below. You will find 20 questions that test different topics you will see on the actual exam.

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ALEKS Math Exam Overview

The ALEKS math exam is a placement exam used by many colleges and universities to ensure that students are placed in the right courses.

The exam is designed to see what students know and do not know. After completing the exam, your scores will typically be sent to an academic advisor who will review them and determine the appropriate courses to enroll you in.

This exam is also known as the ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning exam (ALEKS PPL).

Quick Facts

  • Number of Questions: Up to 30 Questions
  • Time Limit: None, But Typically Takes 60-90 Minutes to Complete
  • Delivery Method: Computer Adaptive

Topics Tested

Here are the topics tested on the ALEKS math examination. Each of these topics is broken down further into subtopics.

  • Whole Numbers, Fractions, and Decimals (37 Subtopics)
  • Percents, Proportions, and Geometry (32 Topics)
  • Signed Numbers, Linear Equations, and Inequalities (53 Topics)
  • Lines and Systems of Linear Equations (27 Topics)
  • Relations and Functions (22 Topics)
  • Integer Exponents and Factoring (30 Topics)
  • Quadratic and Polynomial Functions (21 Topics)
  • Rational Expressions and Functions (23 Topics)
  • Radicals and Rational Exponents (20 Topics)
  • Exponentials and Logarithms (20 Topics)
  • Trigonometry (29 Topics)

Our practice questions and course cover all of these topics and subtopics. Here is the full list of all topics and subtopics if you want to review it.

Goals of the Exam

The main goals of the ALEKS math exam are:

  • Determine strengths and weaknesses in math.
  • Place you in the correct courses.

An image showing the topics tested on the ALEKS math exam

ALEKS Math Question Types

This exam is unique in that the questions you will be asked are all open-response questions. You will need to figure out the solution and then enter it into the system when taking the actual exam.

We use 2 types of questions to help prepare students for this exam:

  1. Multiple-Choice Questions: Standard multiple-choice questions with 4 answer options.
  2. Open-Response Questions: Questions that require you to input the answer yourself.

We use multiple-choice questions to ensure students are learning key concepts and we have found that these types of questions really aid in the development of students when it comes to math.

We use open-response questions to ensure students get a feel for the actual exam before they take it. Open-response questions can be intimidating, so it is important to gain some exposure to them before taking the real exam.

Practice for the ALEKS Exam with the Right Tools

Preparing and practicing for the ALEKS is important and can save you time and money in the long run. If you are prepared for your exam, and do well, you may be able to test out of specific courses. We offer the following tools in our prep course to help you succeed on the ALEKS.

1. Simulated Practice Tests

An ALEKS practice test is a great way to prepare for the actual exam. You will be exposed to the same types of questions and concepts tested. This will help you get a feel for where you stand and which specific topics you need help with. You may find that you already have a solid foundation and do not need any additional help.

2. Cheat Sheets

Studying for math can be a very long and drawn-out process. But it doesn’t have to be. With our cheat sheets, you will be able to study efficiently and save time. We only review the concepts you need to know. We keep each concept very short and to-the-point. We hate wasting our user’s time!

3. Concept Specific Study Sets

If you want to practice specific concepts, you can use our study sets. Our study sets consist of questions focused around specific concepts. The goal with these study sets is to allow students to really focus on specific concepts that are giving them trouble.

Tips and Tricks for ALEKS Math Practice

Preparing for this exam can be overwhelming. Doing well on the exam may allow you to test out of specific courses and save you time and money. Here are some tips and tricks to keep in mind.

  • Take a Diagnostic ALEKS Practice Exam: Take our diagnostic exam above and see how you do. If you score well, you may be ready for the actual exam. If you do not score well, you may need some additional help.
  • Review Answer Explanations: Make sure to review all answer explanations after taking a practice exam. Answer explanations can help you learn how to solve a problem (or a different way to solve a problem). When it comes to math, it is important to understand how to solve a problem, as this can help you with other problems.
  • Diagnose Problem Areas: Try and diagnose specific concepts that give you trouble. If you know that you really struggle with trigonometry, focus on studying and practicing that concept. A practice test will help narrow down these problem areas.
  • Take a Final Exam: When you think you are ready, take a final exam and see how you do. This can help ensure that you are ready for the actual exam and instill confidence in yourself heading into the real thing.

Frequently Asked Questions

There will be up to 30 questions on the exam. The exact number varies as the exam is computer adaptive (difficulty adjusts as you progress through the exam).

There is typically no time limit. You can expect the exam to take you between 60 and 90 minutes to complete.

The ALEKS exam is all open-response questions. You will be asked a question and required to input the answer yourself.

You will typically take the exam from your home on a computer. The exam may or may not be proctored (depends on your college / university).

The main goal of this exam is to place you into the correct courses. The exam will assess your strengths and weaknesses in math.

We recommend that you take a diagnostic exam (above) to see where you stand. If you do well, you may not need to prepare.

If you do not do well, you may need to spend some time studying and preparing.

Doing well on this exam can save you time and money as it may allow you to test out of certain courses that you may not need to take. 

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Authored By: Molly Meehl

Molly Meehl is a licensed mathematics educator with 10+ years of experience.

Molly has taught at various independent schools and as adjunct faculty at local universities. She has expertise with a wide range of the mathematical field from Algebra through AP Calculus and AP Statistics.

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