Math Placement Test
Testing Services is currently offering the math placement test remotely.
Taking this assessment remotely, will require you to register with ALEKS®, our placement provider, and download a software called LockDown Browser® and Responus Monitor®.
It is recommended you complete the remote testing setup below, the day before you sit down to take your test.
Remote Testing System Requirements
Please expect to spend up to 30 minutes setting up your account and downloading the software.
LockDown Browser® and Responus Monitor® will work on PC's, MAC's, and iPads. Download software and review specific system requirements.
LockDown Browser® and Responus Monitor® does not work on Chromebooks or smartphones. If you do not have access to a device that is supported, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Log in at mail.student.elgin.edu.
- Download the Taking a PPL Placement Assessment with Respondus LockDown Browser + Monitor Instructions for Students - PDF for reference.
Limited On-Campus Testing
If you do not have access to complete testing remotely, we are offering limited, appointment-only testing on-campus. Register for on-campus testing.
Math requirements vary greatly based on your major, degree or certificate, and the requirements of your intended transfer institution. Speak with an academic advisor during new student orientation or before registering to ensure the correct math course is chosen. To demonstrate college-ready math skills, review the testing scores summary to determine if you need to take placement testing.
Math Placement Test FAQ
Review testing scores summary to determine if you need to take math placement testing. If you have not taken the ACT®, SAT®, PARCC®, HiSet®, or high school equivalency tests or if you do not meet any of the criteria listed in the , you must take ECC’s math placement test. If you meet the college-readiness math requirement and want to enroll into MTH 114, MTH 120, MTH 125, MTH 126, or MTH 190, you will also need to take the ALEKS® placement assessment.
- Uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately zero in on your strengths and any weaknesses in math
- Covers material to place you into the right course from Basic Math to Calculus
- Contains 20-30 questions and generally takes between 45-90 minutes to complete.
- Provides a "Prep and Learning Module" after your first assessment to help you improve your placement.
- Most students take the placement test more than once.
Students will receive a score report at the end of the test and are available online within 24-48 hours after completing.
Your placement assessment score is a number between 0 and 100. It represents the percentage of topics ALEKS has identified you have mastered. Course placement is determined by your ALEKS score and your program of study.
Math requirements vary greatly based on your major, degree or certificate, and the requirements of your intended transfer institution. Speak with an academic advisor during new student orientation or before registering to ensure the correct math course is chosen.
Your math placement score is valid for two years. If you have not enrolled in your first math course within two years after taking the ALEKS math placement, you must retake assessment again to enroll in a math course.
Once you have enrolled in a math course at ECC, you will not be eligible to retake the placement assessment unless you earn a grade of A in your first math course taken at ECC. If you return to ECC after several years, you may continue the math sequence started or appeal to take the math placement assessment.