Get Ready to Take the Diagnostic Test

ALEKS PPL can be accessed online at any time. Each student who takes the diagnostic test through ALEKS PPL will be charged a $20 fee upon logging in, which covers 12 months of access to the Prep and Learning Module.

System Requirements

Before you begin, you need:

  • Your MyUCLA logon ID and password
  • Your credit card and billing information
  • A reliable internet connection
  • Pencil and paper
  • A space conducive to doing your best work
  • 2-3 hours of time
  • Make sure to disable grammar correcting programs

You may only use a pen or pencil, paper, and the resources provided within ALEKS. You should not receive assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks, or any other resource not provided by ALEKS.

Since this is a placement test, it is in your best interest not to cheat. You do not want to be placed in a class that is too advanced and compromise your academic success.

What to Expect

Before you take the assessment, ALEKS will present a short tutorial on how to enter answers, how to use the graphing utilities, and how to use the built in calculator that will be offered when appropriate.

What is the format of the questions on ALEKS?

ALEKS is not a multiple-choice Placement Assessment. It is open-response and requires you to work out solutions with a paper and pencil, then enter them into ALEKS. Be sure to have scratch paper with you.

Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

By participating in this test, the student agrees to comply with all UCLA policies and procedures on academic integrity. It is the student’s responsibility to read and understand all aspects of the True Bruin Code of Conduct.

If UCLA and/or the UCLA Mathematics Department determine that a student has acted dishonestly, appropriate disciplinary measures will be taken, up to and including being banned from math courses. At UCLA, the standard disciplinary process will be followed in accordance with applicable campus policies and procedures.

By proceeding with this test, the participant acknowledges that they have read the Code of Conduct.

If you have any questions about the Code of Conduct, please contact the Student Services Office of the Mathematics Department at (310) 206-1286 or