Math Placement

About the ALEKS Assessment

ALEKS is a powerful artificial-intelligence based assessment tool that zeros in on the strengths and weaknesses of a student's mathematical knowledge, reports its findings to the student, and if necessary provides the student with a learning environment for bringing this knowledge up to an appropriate level for course placement.

The University of Missouri-Kansas City requires an ALEKS mathematics placement assessment to determine readiness for various courses. The ALEKS Placement Assessment covers material from Basic Math through Precalculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning Module is available for you to review and learn material, and to improve placement and eventual course outcomes.

You will be given up to 5 chances to take the ALEKS assessment, and will also be provided with a 6-week Prep and Learning Module that will allow you to review and practice your math skills upon completing the assessment. If you require access to the ALEKS assessment after your initial subscription has expired, you will have to purchase additional access.

Quick Facts about the ALEKS assessment:

  • The assessment has a maximum of 30 questions.
  • The assessment is untimed, but you must complete it within 48 hours after you begin.
  • Placement assessments require approximately 90 minutes to complete, but the amount of time will vary by student.
  • A pen or pencil and paper are the only items allowed. You may not receive assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks, or any other resource not provided by ALEKS. Using outside resources may lead to improper placement and ultimately course failure.
  • ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.
  • You may retake the ALEKS assessment up to 5 times. However, to make each attempt worthwhile, it is important that you spend time working in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module in between placement assessments so that you can improve your skills.
  • There is no waiting period between ALEKS assessments.
    There is generally no benefit to re-taking the assessment immediately after completing a prior attempt. Unlike the ACT or SAT, you cannot improve your results by simply re-taking the assessment without spending time in the Prep and Learning Module to refresh material that you may have forgotten or to learn new material.

    For more information, visit the FAQ page.

About the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module:

  • The Prep and Learning Module can only be accessed once you have completed ALEKS.
  • You will have six weeks of access from the time that you start using your Prep and Learning module. After that time period ends, you will still be able to retake ALEKS up to 4 times but will not have access to the Prep and Learning Module.
  • Progress made in the Prep and Learning Module will not count towards your placement score. You must complete a new placement assessment to change your placement result.

If you experience problems when taking the ALEKS, please contact ALEKS customer support.

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