Placement Test Preparation

The Learning Center has created packets and presentations to prepare you for the placement tests. These packets are only intended to serve as a review. Remember that you cannot fail the placement test, your chances for success in math, English and writing classes are best when the tests reflect your comfort level of knowledge.

If you have difficulty accessing the content in these files, please visit the Learning Center on either the Skokie or Des Plaines campus.

Reading and Writing Test Preparation

Find information on the structure of the reading and writing placement tests, including helpful tips and strategies; sample questions; and examples of successful student responses.

Math Test Preparation

Math placement test materials are accessible via the ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules. These modules are available to students after they take their first math placement test. Students have the ability to retake the math placement test up to five times within a year to improve placement.

To make each test attempt worthwhile, it is important (and required) that you spend time working in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules between placement assessments so that you can improve your skills. Students are required to work in the Prep and Learning Modules for a specific amount of time prior to each assessment to increase success.

ALEKS general math and geometry assessment

  • 2nd attempt—required to complete 3 hours of work in the Prep and Learning Modules before attempting assessment.
  • 3rd attempt—required to complete 3 additional hours of work in the Prep and Learning Modules before attempting assessment.
  • 4th attempt—required to complete 5 additional hours of work in the Prep and Learning Modules before attempting assessment.
  • 5th attempt—required to complete 8 additional hours of work in the Prep and Learning Modules before attempting assessment.

You will have access to the Prep and Learning modules for ALEKS general math assessment for six months after you start working in the modules, and for one year for the ALEKS geometry assessment.  

For more information regarding ALEKS Prep and Learning modules, login to your myOakton portal and visit the Placement Test section or email aleks@oakton.edu.

Prealgebra Packet (Adobe Acrobat Reader Format)
Covering topics in the MAT 060 course.
Topics include: Integers, fractions, decimals, square roots, scientific notation, absolute value, order of operations, ration and proportion, ratio and proportion, percentages, average (arithmetic mean), median, mode, algebraic expressions, linear equations in one variable, basic geometry skills (perimeter, area, volume), Pythagorean Theorem, the Cartesian coordinate system, applications.

Elementary Algebra Packet (Adobe Acrobat Reader Format)
Covering topics in the MAT 070 course.
Topics include: Order of operations with real numbers, algebraic expressions, formulas, basic operations with polynomials, factor polynomials, basic operations with rational expressions, solve and graph linear equations/inequalities in one variable, solve and graph linear inequalities in two variables, solve and graph systems of linear equations in two variables, solve second degree equations, applications.

Geometry Packet (Adobe Acrobat Reader Format)
Covering topics in the MAT 080 course.
Topics include: Linear measurements, angles, congruence and similarity of triangles, area and perimeter of polygons, area and circumference of circles, the Pythagorean theorem, composite shapes, volume of solids.

Intermediate Algebra Packet (Adobe Acrobat Reader Format)
Covering topics in the MAT 110 course.
Topics include: Order of operations with real numbers, solve and graph linear equations/inequalities in one variable, absolute value equations/inequalities, compound inequalities, distance formula, midpoint formula, concepts of lines, solve and graph linear inequalities in two variables, graphing circles, solve and graph systems of linear/nonlinear equations/inequalities in two variables, basic operations with polynomials, factor polynomials, basic operations with rational expressions, variation, exponents, radical expressions, complex numbers, quadratic equations/inequalities, formulas, functions, applications.

Trigonometry Packet (Adobe Acrobat Reader Format)
Covering topics in the MAT 122 course.
Topics include: Trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, trigonometric identities, trigonometric equations, trigonometric form of complex numbers, roots and powers of complex numbers, solving right triangles, Law of Sines, Law of Cosines, polar equations and graphs, parametric equations and graphs, vectors, dot products, applications

College Algebra Packet (Adobe Acrobat Reader Format)
Covering topics in the MAT 140 course.
Topics include: Functions, inverse functions, polynomial functions, fundamental theory of algebra, rational functions, conic sections, exponential and logarithmic functions and equations, systems of linear and non-linear equations/inequalities, sequences and series, applications.

Formula Resource Packet (Adobe Acrobat Reader Format)
This packet includes useful formulas and theorems from multiple math courses.