About ALEKS Math Assessment

What is ALEKS?

Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS courses are very complete in their topic coverage and ALEKS avoids multiple-choice questions. A student who shows a high level of mastery of an ALEKS course will be successful in the actual course she is taking. ALEKS also provides the advantages of one-on-one instruction, 24/7, from virtually any Web-based computer for a fraction of the cost of a human tutor.

Once classes begin, ALEKS is no longer available. The highest score is used for placement and pre-requisite checking.

What Makes ALEKS PPL Unique

A properly administered placement process places students into the courses in which they belong based on their demonstrated skills. Proper placement can save institutions and students significant money and can be the key element in student success! Many schools currently place students using standardized test scores, home-grown written or online exams, or other placement products.

ALEKS PPL differs from all of these in significant ways:

  • Adaptive assessment covers over 300 topics from developmental math through precalculus    
  • Individualized Prep and Learning provides the opportunity to place into a higher course    
  • Free-response environment allows ALEKS to correctly assess and evaluate student knowledge    
  • Mastery-based learning motivates students to achieve higher placement results

How it Works

No two students have the same learning path. ALEKS PPL is a comprehensive approach to accurately assess and prepare students for success in math courses. With an adaptive, open-response assessment, ALEKS PPL accurately places college students into courses ranging from developmental math through first-semester calculus. The program then prepares students for their math courses through individualized, adaptive learning in the Prep and Learning Module. Students can then retake the assessment in order to place into a higher level course.

ALEKS PPL offers customizable settings for administrators that promote student usage of the Prep and Learning Module, including the option to require students to work for a set number of hours before taking subsequent placement assessments. As students increase their mastery level in the selected ALEKS Prep and Learning Module, they gain confidence and will be better positioned to enroll in and ultimately succeed in a higher level course.

Who must take ALEKS?

New transfer students and some continuing students may be directed to take the ALEKS assessment by their academic adviser.

Students may not take certain courses in mathematics, statistics, or chemistry without demonstrating readiness.

When do students take ALEKS?

Students need to demonstrate readiness for their scheduled courses via ALEKS assessment prior to the start of classes. Students beginning classes in Fall semester may begin the assessment June 13, 2016. 

How long will the assessment take?

The assessment will ask up to 30 questions. You should plan to complete the assessment in one 2-3 hour sitting. If you do not complete the assessment in one sitting, you will have 48 hours to complete it before the assessment is reset.