Math Placement

Mathematics is a critical discipline that serves as a foundation for many majors and programs. In order to be successful in math, it is important to determine which course you are ready to begin.

  1. Any new full-time student (12 credit hours or more Fall & Spring semesters, 8 credit hours or more summer term) will need to take ALEKS, along with COMPASS reading and writing, as part of the admissions requirements.
  2. Students who have not already taken ALEKS and wish to enroll in a mathematics course at DMACC for the first time will be required to take the ALEKS mathematics placement assessment. Transfer students and current DMACC students, including Postsecondary Secondary Enrollment Open (PSEO) and Career Advantage students, who have earned a C- or higher in a pre-requisite math course within the previous 18 months from the date of enrollment will be exempt. Academic transcripts will be required to verify transfer credit/grade awarded. Students who only need MAT772 for their program of study are also exempt.

What Does ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning (PPL) include?

ALEKS consists of three parts:

  • An initial placement assessment (Required)
  • A self-paced online review module (PPL) and practice progress assessments (Optional)
  • Access to four additional assessments (Optional)

Full-time students should take ALEKS as part of the admission assessment unless submitting ACT scores. Part-time students should take the assessment as soon as possible to determine which math courses they are prepared to begin. ALEKS can be taken wherever internet access is available.

Note: New students are REQUIRED to complete ALEKs prior to attending DMACC orientation.

 Preparation Schedule

Semester Attending Dates
Summer 2015 December 1, 2014 - May 1, 2015
Fall 2015 March 1, 2015 - August 1, 2015
Spring 2016 July 1, 2015 - December 1, 2015

Check out the FAQ before you start your exam to
make sure you understand how ALEKS works.