Topics on the ALEKS PPL Assessment

What topics are covered during the ALEKS PPL assessment?

You will see some, but not all, of the math you have learned in high school. It is a placement assessment, not a preview of math courses at TCC. It is designed to identify if you are prepared for a particular course. After you take your first assessment, you will have the opportunity to review and master additional topics to reassess and improve your placement.

Topics covered:

  • Real numbers (including fractions, integers, and percentages)
  • Equations and inequalities (including linear equations, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations, and quadratic equations),
  • Linear and quadratic functions (including graphs and functions, linear functions, and parabolas)
  • Exponents and polynomials (including integer exponents, polynomial arithmetic, factoring, and polynomial equations)
  • Rational expressions (including rational equations and rational functions)
  • Radical expressions (including higher roots and rational exponents)
  • Exponentials and logarithms (including function compositions and inverse functions, properties of logarithms, and logarithmic equations)
  • Geometry and trigonometry (including perimeter, area, and volume, coordinate geometry, trigonometric functions, and identities and equations).

Can I practice using the ALEKS PPL input tools before I begin the ALEKS PPL assessment?

ALEKS PPL will begin with a brief tutorial to make sure you are comfortable with the math palette tools before your assessment begins. The tutorial shows you how to enter different types of answers, how to use the ALEKS PPL calculator, and how to graph. If you aren’t sure how to input an answer, or need help while you are taking the ALEKS PPL assessment, select the Help button below the answer pallet tools. Going to the tutorial during your assessment will NOT impact your results.

Where can I get technical support with ALEKS?


Contact your local Testing Center for more information.

Updated January 20, 2023