Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Do You Need ALEKS PPL?

Determine if you need ALEKS PPL by reviewing the information below.

  • Who takes the ALEKS PPL assessment?

    The following math-intensive majors all require the ALEKS PPL assessment to determine readiness for calculus or precalculus:

    • Advanced Manufacturing and Applied Robotics
    • Biochemistry
    • Biology (consult major advisor)
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Computer Science
    • Concrete Industry Management
    • Construction Management
    • Engineering – Civil
    • Engineering – Computer
    • Engineering – Electrical/Electronic
    • Engineering – Mechanical
    • Engineering – Mechatronic
    • Environmental Science
    • Geology
    • Geosciences
    • Mathematics
    • Natural Sciences
    • Physics

    OR

    Students in majors who want to boost their math placement from "GE Math Ready with Support- Early Start Recommended" or "Supported GE course- Early Start Required" to being "GE Math Ready".

  • Are you eligible for ALEKS PPL?

    Register for ALEKS PPL if:

    • You are in a STEM major and plan to take Calculus I (Math 109 or Math 120) or Precalculus (MATH 119) in your first year.

    • You are an incoming first year student who wants to improve your math placement level for GE Math regardless of your major.

    • ALEKS PPL can be used to boost math placement for students in "GE Math Ready with Support- Early Start Recommended" or "Supported GE course- Early Start Required" placement levels.

    • You have not met any of the EXEMPTION criteria below.
  • Are you exempt from the ALEKS PPL assessment?

    You do not need to complete ALEKS PPL if you meet any ONE of the following:

    • You are in a STEM major and have scored 3 or higher on an AP Calculus exam (official scores must be sent to Chico State)

    • You are in a STEM major and have scored 4 or higher in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Math HL exam (official scores must be sent to Chico State)

    • You are in a STEM major and have earned college credit for calculus (Math 109 or 120 equivalents), precalculus (Math 119 or equivalent), or college algebra and trigonometry (Math 116 and 118 or equivalents) with a C- or higher

    • You are in a non-STEM major with a math placement level of "GE Math Ready"

    • You are a non-STEM major and have completed a General Education college-level math (GE Area B4) course with a C- or higher.
  • Do you have to be a Chico State student to start ALEKS PPL?

    Since your ALEKS PPL code and score will only be used at Chico State, you should submit your intent to enroll to commit to Chico before starting. ALEKS PPL is used at many campuses but is not shared between schools.

  • What ALEKS PPL score do you need?

    Score Range 76-100
    One of the following:

    • MATH 109 Survey of Calculus 
    • MATH 120 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I

    Score Range 61-75

    • MATH 119 Precalculus

    Score Range 46-60
    One of the following:

    • B5IS 111 Data Literacy 
    • FINA 101 Personal Financial literacy
    • MATH 101 Patterns of Mathematical Thought
    • MATH 105 Introduction to Statistics
    • MATH 107 Finite Mathematics for Business
    • MATH 108 Statistics of Business and Economics
    • MATH 110 Concepts & Structures of Mathematics
    • MATH 118 Trigonometry
    • MATH 185 Data Analytics for Social Good

    Score Range 30-45
    One of the following:

    • MATH 101 + ALEKS Patterns of Mathematical Thought with Embedded Foundational Math B
    • MATH 105 + MATH 005L Introduction to Statistics + Foundational Math B
    • MATH 107 + MATH 007L Finite Mathematics for Business + Foundational Math B
    • MATH 110 + MATH 0l0L Concepts & Structures of Mathematics + Foundational Math B
    • MATH 116 + MATH 016L College Algebra + Foundational Math B

    Score Range 1-29
    One of the following:

    • BIOL 102 + MATH 0318 Introduction to Living Systems + Foundational Math A
    • CIVL 175 + MATH 0318 Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering+ Foundational Math A
    • ERTH 130 + MATH 031G Introduction to Environmental Science+ Foundational Math A
    • MATH 198 + UNIV 101 Problem Solving for Student Success+ Introduction to University life
    • PSSC 101 + MATH 031P Introduction to Plant Science + Foundational Math A
    • SCED 101 + MATH 031N Introduction to Earth System Science+ Foundational Math A 
  • When should you plan to be finished with ALEKS PPL?

    New Students: If you intend to be a Wildcat, the sooner you start, the more time you have to study, prepare, and practice before your proctored assessment. The more time that you utilize the individualized learning modules in ALEKS PPL, the more likely you can increase your placement for MATH to move further in the MATH sequence for your major. This is especially important for majors that require coursework beyond MATH 120 Analytic Geometry & Calculus (STEM-math intensive majors).

    New Students- Fall Start: Your first chance to register for Fall courses as an incoming student happens at Summer Orientation (sessions held in June and July). You should complete the ALEKS PPL proctored assessment prior to your orientation session for priority MATH enrollment and course schedule options.

    New Students- Spring Start: Your first chance to register for Spring courses as an incoming student happens at Spring Orientation (sessions held in November-January). You should complete the ALEKS PPL proctored assessment prior to your orientation session for priority MATH enrollment and course schedule options. 

    Continuing Students: Ideally, you should complete the ALEKS PPL proctored assessment before priority registration for the next term. However, you can complete your proctored assessment prior to open registration (add/drop) but, course availability may be limited or seats unavailable.

    Fall priority registration is late Apr-May. Add/drop is mid-August-early September.

    Spring priority registration is late Oct-Nov. Add/drop is early January- early February.