Taking the ALEKS Assessment

All students are strongly encouraged to spend several hours using the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module. Even if you have achieved placement in your desired course, time spent in ALEKS will better prepare you for your upcoming course and ultimately lead to better grades.

Before You Begin:

  • First of all, RELAX. This is an “assessment,” NOT A TEST.  The difference is that an assessment is designed to determine what you know. At the end of the ALEKS Placement Assessment, you will have a much better sense of your strengths and weaknesses in math. You will then have a chance to work on those weaknesses. There is really no penalty for incorrectly answering a question on the assessment.  The most important thing is that you take the assessment seriously and give it an honest effort so that the assessment truly reflects your level of knowledge and math preparedness.
  • Be honest about your skill level. There is no benefit to cheating on the placement assessment – your only reward will be that you are forced to take a class that is too difficult for your current level of mathematical knowledge. Therefore, while you are taking the assessment, do not consult any other source for help (friends, family, internet searches, etc.). The purpose of the placement assessment is to give an accurate measure of your current mathematical skills so that you will be successful in your mathematics courses. (Read the full Student Standard of Conduct).
  • Do NOT use other resources during the assessment. You may only use a pen or pencil, paper, and the resources provided by ALEKS. 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.
  • At the beginning of the ALEKS assessment, you will go through a brief tutorial that will introduce you to the ALEKS system and interface. You will be shown how to enter different types of answers, how to use the ALEKS calculator, and how to graph something by hand.
  • Do your best to answer each question correctly.
  • Enter your answers carefully. Once you submit your response to a question, you cannot return to that question.
  • Select “I don't know” ONLY if you have no idea how to work a problem. If you select “I don’t know” repeatedly, it will lower your score on ALEKS.
  • If your computer locks up or freezes during the middle of the assessment, try hitting the “Refresh” button on your browser. If that does not work, close your browser and log back in. The work you have already submitted will be saved, and the assessment will pick up at the point you left off.
  • If you do not complete the assessment during your first attempt, you must log back in to complete the assessment within 48 hours. For proper course placement, please attempt to complete the assessment in one sitting.
  • When you complete the assessment, you will see a screen with a pie chart and the % score (% Mastery) that you earned on the ALEKS assessment. Your score will be available in ALEKS for 7 months. Please return to Interpreting Results once the ALEKS assessment is complete. You may want to print this screen for your own records.

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

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