OCC uses the ALEKS Placement system! Please follow steps below:
- Login to your MyOCC. Select Students. Select ALEKS PPL Placement Test.
- Enter the ALEKS test through the on-screen directions (Go to ALEKS-most users)
- Do the quick tour of the test. This will let you know how to input your answers.
- Take the practice test. If you wish to improve your result, work on the Learning and
- Unless there are extenuating circumstances, all ALEKS PPL Placement will be administered
on-site in an Academic Support Center (ASC) or (in E112 at AH) When you are ready
to take the official math placement (proctored), email the Academic Support Center closest to you from your OCC email address.
- Put ALEKS placement in the subject of your email. Include your name, birth date, and
Student ID number in the email along with date/time requested (Monday or Wednesday,
10:00 am, 2:00 pm or 5:00 pm; Friday, 10:00 am or 2:00 pm; Saturday, 10:30 am).
- All tests will begin at 10:00 am, 2:00 pm or 5:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday; 10:00
am or 2:00 pm on Friday; 10:30 am on Saturday at AH, RO and SF. All placement testing
will be on-site.
- The Academic Support Center will email you to confirm your appointment. Please plan
to arrive 10 minutes early to check-in.
- Please allow up to 24 hours during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am
- 5:00 pm) between your request to take ALEKS and a response from the Academic Support
- Personal calculators are not permitted unless assigned as an accommodation by an OCC
ACCESS (Disability Services) Office. You may use the calculator provided within the
ALEKS exam. This is available for specific exam problems.
There are several exemptions, including the use of SAT scores, AP tests, and other
college math courses. Please check the exemptions on our Math Placement Page.
Taking the correct math course is essential and without preparation, students are
often placed into a course that could have been avoided - wasting time and money.
In the past, it was common for students to take the Math Placement Test without completing
any review or preparation.
Our goal is give you the opportunity and resources to help you place into the appropriate
level of math for you.
All placement testing can be taken at the Academic Support Center at any campus.
Students with disabilities who may need assistance on Placements should contact the ACCESS office prior to taking the test. They will need to provide documentation of a qualifying
disability and its functional limitation.
OPTION 1: Use your SAT Math Score. See the chart below. If you are satisfied with your placement,
you may upload your SAT score report in the Online Application or email the report
to firstname.lastname@example.org where the scores will be noted on your OCC student record! Otherwise you will need
to bring that score in for verification and upload. If you are not satisfied with
your SAT placement, see option 2 and 3.
OPTION 2: Check the other exemptions list below. If you qualify for an exemption, visit the
Counseling office with the paperwork to verify the exemption and your score will be entered into the
OPTION 3: Take the ALEKS Placement Test. Before taking ALEKS, you must complete the online practice
module. Log into MyOCC. On the Students Menu under Pre-Registration Steps, select ALEKS PPL Mathematics
Placement. You will see how you score on the practice test. If you are satisfied with
your score, contact an Academic Support Center (ASC) to take an official ALEKS Placement
Test. See the campus schedules and the information above for dates and times. If you
are not satisfied with your practice test score, the ALEKS program offers free modules
to practice material that was missed during the practice test.
- You have earned a bachelor degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college
- You are admitted to OCC under a College Guest Application from another college
- You have evidence of passing with a "C" or better the prerequisite math course at
OCC or the equivalent college transfer course at another accredited college within
the past three years
- You have earned a score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement Exam in Calculus
AB or BC
- You have already earned credit for a math course at OCC or at another accredited college
and you wish to enroll in the same math course.
Students wishing to take a math course at OCC will take the ALEKS Math Placement.
This test is used to place you into the appropriate math course. There is a required
practice test. Visit the ALEKS page for more details.