Any new or returning student who needs a valid math placement to take a Parkland College math course must have the required ACT/SAT scores or unexpired college-level math course credits or take Parkland assessment testing.
ACT/SAT scores are valid for two and a half years from the date taken.
Parkland uses the Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) service for our math assessment testing. Along with testing service ALEKS also provides testing preparation and learning modules.
HOW TO GET STARTED:
Review this chart to determine if you need to take a placement test. If you score into a desired course stop here and sign up for new student orientation (if you have less than 15 hours of college credit) at the following link SOAR, or call 217/351-2219 to schedule an appointment with an Advisor. If you did not score into a desired course follow the steps below to setup your assessment test.
|SAT MATH Score
||ACT MATH Score
||Parkland Course Placement
||MAT 110, 131, 151, 072
||MAT 072, 097, 098, 134
||MAT 097, 098, 134, 107, 108
||MAT 105, 106, 124
||MAT 125, 141, 143, 145, 160, 200
Set up accounts/access needed for Math Assessment:
- Use your seven digit Parkland College ID found in your acceptance letter to create a ParklandONE account with the ParklandOne Password Station
- Access your Parkland Student email account using your ParklandOne credentials. (ALEKS will send you messages through your Parkland Student email account.)
- Access ALEKS PPL by using your ParklandONE credentials. (Please note, this link is the only way you will be able to access your ALEKS profile.)
Call 217/353-3333 if you need assistance logging in to the system
- Make an appointment for your ALEKS PPL proctored assessment at the Parkland College Assessment Center
Information about the Math Assessment:
The ALEKS testing service consists of three parts:
- The initial Placement Assessment, which is unproctored.
- The Prep and Learning Module, an individualized, self-paced online review.
- Access to four additional Placement Assessments, which need to be proctored.
The testing service is an online, adaptive system covering a broad spectrum of mathematics topics. The length of the assessment will vary but can include up to 30 questions. You will see some, but not all, of the math you have learned in high school. It is an assessment designed to identify if you are prepared for a particular course.
- 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), and 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).