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Pave the Path to Graduation with Placement, Preparation and Learning

Success in college begins with appropriate course placement. A student’s first math course is critical to that success. ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (PPL) accurately measures the student’s math foundation and creates a personalized learning module to review and refresh lost knowledge, allowing the student to be placed and successful in the right course and on their path to degree completion.

ALEKS PPL is more than just a placement test.

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What Makes ALEKS PPL Effective

Knowledge Assessment

ALEKS PPL provides insight into what each student knows and is ready to learn with a single personalized, open-response assessment covering 314 topics in 30 questions or less. The entire assessment can be completed in 90 minutes. Based on this adaptive assessment, ALEKS PPL determines a student’s readiness and places him or her into courses from Basic Math to Calculus 1.

Students easily see their progress in each category of topics and understand what is next their personalized learning path.

Place Higher with Practice

ALEKS PPL is not just a placement test. Once a student takes their first assessment, they are then directed to personalized learning modules to help refresh key concepts before they retake the assessment. Students receive six month access to an individualized path of study to review and refresh. On average if students spend approximately 6 hours in review, they will increase their course placement by at least one course.

A dashboard summarizes numerous reports and tools at once such as Usage by Learning Module and Most Recent Placement Results.

Data and Analytics

ALEKS PPL reports provide insights about your students and their math potential for both placement initiatives and department initiatives. You will have the data to optimize cut scores, provide targeted intervention for students, and design courses that effectively meet the needs of students and their degree programs.

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Assessment Integrity

ALEKS PPL is easy to implement and can be used either on-campus or off-campus. To ensure the integrity of the ALEKS PPL program, we have a network of 125+ centers available for off-campus or remote proctoring. We also partner with professional online proctoring companies that provide institutions with a range of options from authentication to live proctors.

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Better Prepared Students

PPL's powerful combination of adaptive assessment and personalized learning has proven to be effective in a variety of implementations, with one common outcome: better prepared students. Our partnering schools, as illustrated in our case studies and independent research, demonstrate that college level math does not have to be a barrier to success.

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Commitment to Accessibility

ALEKS PPL does not rely exclusively on color to convey critical information, so it is fully accessible to those who are colorblind. ALEKS PPL uses screen magnification to improve vision. A full navigational keyboard is an alternative to a mouse and the content does not rely on audio, making it accessible to students with hearing impairments. Students with visual impairments can access ALEKS PPL through the use of screen reader technology when Accessibility Mode is enabled. If you offer ALEKS PPL to blind or visually impaired students, you can create a separate cohort for those students and make the Accessibility Mode available to that entire cohort. You can see our full listing of ALEKS math courses that include Accessibility Mode.

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Contact your learning technology representative or email us at accessibility@mheducation.com to request a VPAT today.

Training and Support

The ALEKS PPL team is committed to partnering with you from setup and integration to analyzing your data. Our regional PPL managers and support team will train and support your implementation to maximize your math placement experience. For no additional cost, we work directly with your IT team, support your data transfer and ensure single sign-on with your school enterprise system. And, in partnership with our PPL data experts, we evaluate efficacy to help you enhance the placement experience and reach your goals.

Should there be an issue, tech support is available by phone, online or chat.


Increase in Student Retention

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Increase in STEM Enrollments

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The Right Placement Creates Greater Value

Students invest thousands of dollars in their education. ALEKS PPL helps students optimize course enrollment by avoiding courses they don’t need to take and helping them pass the courses they do need to take. With more accurate student placement, institutions will retain the students that they recruit initially, increasing their recruitment investment and decreasing their DFW rates. Understanding where your incoming students are placing helps to plan and develop course schedules and allocate resources efficiently.

"Pilot Program Improves Accurate Math Placement."

Emily Baxstrom, Ohio University. - Instructional Innovation Stories. January 2018

"UVU the first to use program in Utah helping students succeed in math."

Utah Valley University - The Daily Herald, July 8, 2016.

"First Year, First Generation: Consider the placement test"

Avi Wolfman-Arent - University of Delaware changes course with ALEKS PPL. WHYY Listen Live, Radio Times. August 20, 2015

"Fixing the Math Washout Problem in College”

State Senator Howard Stephenson and Chris Bleak talk with Tiffany Evans, Director of Program Completion, about Utah Valley University’s new programs to increase student success in math, helping students to meet their educational dreams. - {Listen in at 7:27 for the interview} Red Meat Radio, October 28, 2017

Success Stories

The staff and students of Kent State University talk about the improved outcomes of using ALEKS PPL.

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Students at Utah Valley University share their experience using ALEKS PPL and how it helped them refresh and review for their math placement.

Read Utah Valley University Case Study

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