Do You Need to Take the ALEKS Assessment?
1. Determine what math course(s) are required for your intended major.
2. Do you have credit for the required math course(s), with a grade of C- or above? (Credits earned from UMKC or from transfer/dual/AP/IB credit.)
If you already have credits for the required math course(s) for your major, then you will NOT need to take the ALEKS assessment.
3. Do you have credit for the prerequisite math course(s), with a grade of C- or above? (Credits earned from UMKC or from transfer/dual/AP/IB credit.)
If your credits were earned at UMKC, and you took the course recently, then you do not need to take the ALEKS assessment.
If your credits were earned as transfer/dual/AP/IB credits, then it is recommended that you take ALEKS in order to be certain that your prerequisite skills are up-to-date, but it is not required as long as you have credit with a minimum grade of C- for a transfer or dual credit course that is equivalent to the UMKC prerequisite course OR you have AP/IB credit for the prerequisite course. If you do have transfer credit, you must provide an official transcript with recorded prerequisite math coursework to the University Registrar or Academic Advisor at Orientation.
If your ALEKS score ends up below the minimum level for the course you plan to take, you'll have the chance to review before your course begins, or you may choose to retake a lower level course to brush up on your skills. The low ALEKS score won't block you from enrolling in your math course, but it can be an indication that review is needed.
A higher ALEKS score may also qualify you to take a more advanced math course than you would using your existing prerequisites.
4. Did you already take the previous math placement exam that was offered on Blackboard?
If so, you do not need to take the ALEKS assessment. UMKC is currently transitioning to the ALEKS assessment (Spring 2014), so for those who completed the old math placement exam, these standards do not apply.
5. Have you taken the ALEKS assessment previously?
If so, login to ALEKS to be sure that your score has not expired. ALEKS assessment scores will expire 7 months after taking the assessment online.
6. Still not sure?
Login to connect (via Blackboard) with your academic advisor to find out more.