Taking ALEKS Placement Assessment and FAQ

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. After this initial result, you will work in “ALEKS Learning Mode” in the prep module that is aligned with your initial assessment result. You can retest with enough studying in between (a minimum of 5 hours between attempts). At the end of each assessment you will know by your score whether your placement level has increased.

Be honest about your skill level.

There is no benefit to cheating on the placement assessment – your only reward will be that you will place into a class that is too difficult for you to succeed in. 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 the course the assessment places you into.

Are ALEKS Placement Assessments proctored?

No. You are to take the assessments at home. Please write out all your work and steps to aid in the accuracy of your answers. If you place two course levels higher than your initial placement, you will be asked to do a proctored exam to make sure you can handle the higher-level course.

Before Taking The Assessment: 

Please make sure you have:

  • Paper/pencil to write your work for the assessment.

Are placement assessments timed?

You will have 48 hours to complete the placement assessment from the time you start it. If you don’t finish within 48 hours, you will need to start over from the beginning. You can log off from ALEKS during that 48 hours and log back on later to continue the assessment.

Things you have to complete within one week of getting your initial placement results:

  • Take the first ALEKS placement assessment.
  • A minimum of 5 hours of work in the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module.
  • A second placement assessment to see if there is a change in the student placement.

How long will a placement assessment take to complete?

Placement assessments require approximately 90 minutes to complete, but the amount of time will vary by student. There will be a maximum of 30 questions.

May I use a calculator while using ALEKS?

ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.

What happens if I do not complete a placement assessment in the allotted time?

You will have 48 hours to complete an ALEKS assessment once you start it. If you log off or are inactive for 15 minutes during this time, ALEKS will log you out. When you log back in, ALEKS will be right where you were when you left and ready for you to continue. If you do not complete the ALEKS placement assessment, your course placement will as indicated by your initial WMPT results.

May I use any other resources during a placement 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 and loss of time and money.

How long is my placement result valid?

Your placement result is valid for 12 months.

Can I practice using ALEKS before I begin placement?

ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial before your placement begins. ALEKS also has a 24-hour free trial to get a sense of how it works and how to input answers etc. Click here to do a free trial (click on the free trial box below the login box).

How do I take an ALEKS Placement Assessment?

Start your ALEKS Placement Assessment. You will need a 10-character placement cohort code that you should have received with your UW placement results letter.

Download a registration handout here.

Where can I get help with ALEKS?