Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take the next ALEKS Placement Assessment immediately? You must wait at least 48 hours between ALEKS placement assessments and work on the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module for at least 5 hours.  The option to take the next assessment will not be available until both requirements are satisfied.  Use the module to refresh material that you may have forgotten or to learn new material.

Must I work in my ALEKS Prep and Learning Module between assessments? Yes.  You will need to complete at least 5 hours after each assessment before you advance to the next one.

May I use a calculator while using ALEKS? You should not use a calculator unless provided by ALEKS.

What happens if I do not complete an ALEKS Placement Assessment in the allotted time? If the placement assessment is not timed, you will have to restart the assessment. If the incomplete assessment is timed, you will be given a placement result, but it may underestimate your true ability.

May I use any other resources during an ALEKS 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.

What is my Mathematics Placement result? Your official Math Placement test result is your percentage mastery on the 4th ALEKS Placement Assessment you take..

How long is my Mathematics Placement result valid? Your Mathematics Placement result is valid only for ONE academic year.

Can I practice using ALEKS before I begin the initial ALEKS Placement Assessment? ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial before your placement assessment begins..

How long do I have access to my Prep and Learning Module? You will have six months of access from the time that you start using your Prep and Learning module, but you need to finish the 4th ALEKS Placement Assessment at least one week before your SOAR date.

Is there an additional fee for my Prep and Learning Module? Access to a Prep and Learning Module is included in ALEKS PPL along with three ALEKS Placement Assessments.

What are ALEKS Progress Assessments? While working in a Prep and Learning Module, you will periodically complete progress assessments to solidify your gains in knowledge. Note that ALEKS Progress Assessments are different from ALEKS Placement Assessments.

Does progress in an ALEKS Prep and Learning Module count toward ALEKS Placement Assessments? No, you must complete a new ALEKS Placement Assessment to change your placement result. Click on the placement tab on the upper right of the page from within ALEKS. Your 4th ALEKS Placement Assessment result will be your Math Placement test and will be used as one of the factors for course placement.

Can I change to a different Prep and Learning Module later? No, you may only use one Prep and Learning Module which is configured by the Department.

When will I know which class I am placed into? During SOAR, an advisor from the Department will discuss with you the course you will take and help you to enroll in that course.

Where can I get help about ALEKS PPL?