Math Placement Test

Placement tests are being administered on-campus and remotely.  Instructions and more information can be found online.

Oakton uses the ALEKS Math Assessment tool. This assessment is structured in three phases:

  • An Initial Placement Assessment
  • The Prep and Learning Modules, an individualized online review
  • Retesting (if desired)

After taking the test a score reflecting your placement will be displayed. If you are not satisfied with your placement after this first attempt and are not currently enrolled in a Math class, you are encouraged to take the ALEKS assessment again.

  • ALEKS can be taken a total of 5 times over a one-year period.
  • In order to retest, work in ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules is required. (Instructions are below)
  • Assessments can be taken at either the Oakton campus or remotely.
  • If you have taken the ALEKS exam in a proctored environment at another university within the last 2 years and wish to transfer the score, you can send the results to Oakton. Instructions to send these results (PDF) (176 KB) to Oakton are available.
  • If a year has elapsed from when you first took the test and you wish to take the assessment again, a new subscription can be purchased.

Your ALEKS Score
Refer to the course catalog for more information on any of the courses below.
It’s important that you consult with an academic advisor to determine which course is appropriate for you. Some courses are designed to coordinate with a specific degree or certificate. Contact the Enrollment Center at 847.635.1700, Room 1860, Des Plaines or 847.635.1400, Room A100, Skokie

Effective Spring 2023

Math courses for which a student can register:  

Cut Score

060, 065, 111, 114


All of the above and 070


All of the above and 080, 085, 087, 088, 095, 102, 116


All of the above and 092, 125, 131


All of the above and 122, 128, 140


All of the above and 143, 144, 149, 180, 190


All of the above and 250


Before retesting, it is required that you spend time working in the ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules to improve your skills. Work in the modules can be done at any location (no password is required.)
To access the modules,

  • Log into myOakton, click on the Math ALEKS PPL link on the lower right-hand side of the screen.
  • Follow the prompts - click on the link for the assessment “class” (the year you first took the test).
  • The Prep and Learning modules will open. Choose the desired learning path.
  • Work in the modules does not have to be completed in one session. A timer on the left side of the module screen keeps track of how much time you have spent in the modules. You can spend more time than is required.

ALEKS retest conditions:

  • Before the 2nd attempt—3 hours of work in the Prep and Learning Modules is required
  • Before the 3rd attempt—3 additional hours of work is required.
  • Before the 4th attempt—5 additional hours of work is required.
  • And before the 5th attempt—8 additional hours of work is required.

If you have questions regarding your ALEKS results or would like guidance about retesting, please contact:

ALEKS Retest Support
Division of Mathematics and Technologies

If you have questions related to your placement, please contact:
Mathematics Assessment Coordinator, Division of Mathematics and Technologies

More Information on your ALEKS subscription

  • There is no fee for first time account holders. Oakton students have free access to four additional assessment attempts for one year from the date of the initial assessments, and access to the Prep and Learning Modules for one year from the start of working in the modules.
  • If your subscription has expired and you wish to purchase a new subscription for $20, please contact either Testing Center (Des Plaines - 847.635.1939, Skokie - 847.635.1446) for directions.

If you have an ALEKS score of 46 or above, you have satisfied the Geometry requirement.
You may have fulfilled your requirement for geometry through previous coursework. To see if you have met the geometry requirement:

  • Log into and select the “Student Profile” from the menu
  • Choose “Prior Education and Testing”
  • Find “Geometry Requirement” in the Testing portion of the screen (lower right)
    • A value of 1 = requirement met
    • A value of 0 = requirement has not yet been met

If you have not satisfied the Geometry prerequisite … register for MAT 080 if you intend to take MAT 128, 140 or 149.

Students can earn an initial placement into math courses through a variety of methods.  These include recent ACT or SAT scores, previous developmental or college level math credit at other institutions, Transitional Math courses, GED scores, meeting certain criteria in High School work and the Oakton Mathematics Placement Test (ALEKS).

Placement into college-level math is earned by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • ACT Math score of 20 or higher
  • SAT Math score of 490 or higher
  • GED score of 165 or higher
  • ALEKS placement score of 37 or higher
  • A grade of at least C in both semesters of an approved Transitional Math course in High School
  • A grade of at least C in a college-level transfer math course at another institution
  • A grade of at least C in another higher education institutions course that meets the learning objectives in Oakton's MAT085 or MAT0095
  • An overall HS GPA of at least 3.0 (unweighted) with a grade of C in both semesters of a fourth year of High School math
  • Specific agreements regarding coursework with most High Schools in Oakton's district (Glenbrook, Maine, Northridge Prep, Evanston, Loyola or Niles Township).

Students should email their scores and transcripts to the Mathematics Department Placement Coordinator for review.

To meet the prerequisite of an Oakton course in Mathematics, students must:

  • have completed the appropriate prerequisite Oakton MAT course (see the Mathematics Course Dependency Graph, showing the sequence and relationship of all math classes), or
  • have earned the appropriate score on the Mathematics Placement Test, or
  • have their transcripts and scores examined by the Mathematics Department Placement Coordinator.