ALEKS is an online assessment program designed to place students in mathematics courses based on their current math skills. It also provides personalized instruction to help improve upon current math skills. The ALEKS program consists of:
The purpose of the Placement Assessment is to give an accurate measure of your current mathematical knowledge state to determine the mathematics course in which you will have the greatest success.
It is important that the Placement Assessment is taken seriously and you give it an honest effort so that the Placement Assessment truly reflects your current level of knowledge and math preparedness. There is no benefit to cheating or not trying your best on the Placement Assessment as this may result in you taking a math course that is too difficult or not challenging enough. Taking the wrong math course can cost you both time and money, can negatively impact your permanent academic record, and may affect your financial aid eligibility. Therefore, while taking the Placement Assessment, please do not consult any outside sources for help such as friends/family, internet searches, textbooks, notes etc.
Respondus LockDown Browser for ALEKS is required to take the Placement Assessment. This browser is installed and ready to use on campus computers in the Student Tutoring and Computer Lab, in the Library, and at the Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center where you may take the assessment. Or you may install the Respondus Lockdown browser for ALEKS on your computer by following the instructions provided below.
You will need a Windows or Mac computer that enables you to install software. Chromebooks are not supported.
Download the Respondus LockDown Browser for ALEKS.
Locate the downloaded file on your computer. Double click the file to run the program. Follow the prompts to install the Respondus LockDown Browser for ALEKS.
Return to the Respondus Lockdown Browser for ALEKS web page. Check your setup using the links under the heading "Check your Setup & Installation".
ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial to make sure you are comfortable with the math palette tools before your Placement Assessment begins. The tutorial shows you how to enter different types of answers, how to use the ALEKS calculator, and how to graph.
If you aren’t sure how to input an answer, or need help while you are taking the ALEKS Placement Assessment, select the Help button below the answer pallet tools.
Going to the tutorial during your Placement Assessment will not impact your Placement Assessment results.
Simply close the browser, or log out and log back in. ALEKS will resume the Placement Assessment exactly where you left off, with no loss of your previous answers.
The Placement Assessment is adaptive and covers a broad spectrum of mathematics topics including:
- Real numbers: Fractions, integers, and percentages
- Equations and inequalities: Linear equations, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations, and quadratic equations
- Linear and quadratic functions: Graphs and functions, linear functions, and parabolas
- Exponents and polynomials: Integer exponents, polynomial arithmetic, factoring, and polynomial equations
- Rational expressions: Rational equations and rational functions
- Radical expressions: Higher roots and rational exponents
- Exponentials and logarithms: Function compositions and inverse functions, properties of logarithms, and logarithmic equations
- Geometry and trigonometry: Perimeter, area, and volume, coordinate geometry, trigonometric functions, and identities and equations
ALEKS is not a multiple-choice Placement Assessment. It is open-response and requires you to work out solutions with a paper and pencil, then enter them into ALEKS.
You may only use a pen or pencil, paper, and the resources provided within ALEKS. ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem.
You should not receive assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks, or any other resource not provided by ALEKS. Using outside resources will lead to improper placement and potentially course failure.
Be sure to have a pen or pencil and paper with you when taking the Placement Assessment.
Because ALEKS is adaptive, once you submit an answer, you cannot change it. Be sure to carefully check your answer before submitting your response.
It is likely that you will be asked questions on material you have not yet learned. On such questions it is appropriate to answer, I don't know. On any question that you have familiarity with, however, it is important to do your best. I don't know is interpreted by ALEKS to mean that you do not know how to solve the topic, and this will be reflected in the Placement Assessment results. There is no penalty for incorrectly answering a question on the Placement Assessment, it only helps ALEKS understand what you know and don’t know.
You will have access to your Placement Assessment for three hours.
Take your time and complete the Placement Assessment at your own pace.
If you need to exit the Placement Assessment for any reason, you will be able to log back in and pick up where you left off, but you must complete the Placement Assessment within three hours.
Yes, you can retake the Placement Assessment up to four additional times to improve your score. The highest score will be used for math placement.
You must wait 48 hours between Placement Assessments.
Three hours of work in the Prep and Learning Module is required before each Placement Assessment attempt. Your score will not improve if you simply retake the Placement Assessment without spending time in the Prep and Learning Module to refresh material that you may have forgotten.
Where can I see my score?
- You will immediately receive your score upon completion of the Placement Assessment.
- Your scores will be available in ALEKS.
- Your scores will automatically be added to your student profile which can be accessed by your Academic/College Success advisor.
Your placement score is valid for up to 24 months and will be verified by the math department before your math course begins.
You must achieve the minimum placement result to take the corresponding class.
Math Course Sequence
Sequence starts at MAT-012 Math Skills, ALEKS score 0 - 5, or MAT-048 Preparatory Math for Elementary Skills, ALEKS score 4 -9. Go to MAT-012 Math Skills Go to MAT-048 Preparatory Math for Elementary Skills
MAT-012 Math Skills
ALEKS score 0 – 5
ALEKS score 6 – 13
MAT-048 Preparatory Math for Elementary Skills
ALEKS score 4 – 9
MAT-060 Algebra Essentials
ALEKS score 14 – 29
Jump to option 2 of 6: MAT-110 Math for Liberal Arts
ALEKS score 30 – 44
ALEKS score 45 – 60
Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry
ALEKS score 61 – 75
ALEKS score 76 – 100
End of sequence.
Technical Mathematics I
ALEKS score 30 – 44
Technical Math II
End of sequence.
The Prep and Learning Module is an individualized study plan that's created based on your performance on the Initial Placement Assessment. ALEKS will identify what you know and what you are ready to learn next.
The Prep and Learning Module will help you brush up on lost knowledge to improve your Placement Assessment score upon retake or help you get a better grade in your class if you've placed into the class you wanted.
You will have twelve months of access to your Prep and Learning module. Access to the prep course will not begin until you select start on the top of your screen. Do not select into the Prep and Learning Module until you are ready to start working.
Want to work on the Prep and Learning Module with the assistance of a math tutor? Visit the Student Tutoring and Computer Lab to work with an ALEKS math tutor.
While working in a Prep and Learning Module, you will periodically complete a Knowledge Check to make sure you have mastered the topics you gained in Learning Mode. If you do not show mastery during the Knowledge Check, the topics will be added back into your Learning Pie so you can review them again.
No, progress in an ALEKS Prep and Learning Module does not count toward course placement. You must complete a new Placement Assessment to change your placement score.
To start a new Placement Assessment, select the placement tab in the upper right corner of the ALEKS page.
No, you cannot change to a different Prep and Learning Module. You may only use one Prep and Learning Module.