ALEKS Math Assessment Overview
- Web-based and untimed
- Uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately zero in on your strengths and any weaknesses in math
- Covers material to place you into the right course from Basic Math to Calculus
- Contains approximately 30 questions
- Takes approximately 60 minutes to complete
- Provides a "Prep and Learning Module" after your first preview assessment to help you improve your placement and/or your eventual course grades in math.
Taking the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment
A few steps will need to be completed before you can take an ALEKS Assessment attempt in the Testing Center that counts for course placement.
- Connect to your ALEKS account. This can be done logging in to your MyHarper Student Portal. The link to access "ALEKS Math Placement Assessment Page" is found in the "My Harper" tab, under the "Test Scores and Course Eligibility" section. A few things to consider before taking the ALEKS Preview assessment:
- Take a brief ALEKS Preview assessment on your own (at home or anywhere else that has internet connectivity). The scores on this Preview Assessment will not count for placement. Therefore, it's very important you give your best, honest effort so that you can truly evaluate your current math skills. As of April 18, 2018, the use of an external calculator (non-CAS models such as the TI-83+ or TI-84+) is allowed on both the Preview attempt and proctored attempts. All other resources such as websites, books, or consulting others etc., are not allowed at the Testing Center so you should not use them on your Preview Assessment.
- Take a proctored ALEKS Assessment in the Testing Center. Because this assessment will be taken in a proctored environment, these scores will count for course placement. Before taking the assessment in the Testing Center, you are strongly encouraged to take some time and study within your personalized ALEKS Prep & Learning modules. These Prep & Learning modules identify math topics that you could improve upon. Spending time studying now in the pursuit of proper math course placement could potentially save you time (and tuition dollars) later on.
Retesting & Accessing Prep and Learning Module
Utilizing the ALEKS "Prep and Learning Module" is critical to improving your ALEKS assessment score and course placement. It is also necessary in order to retake ALEKS in the Testing Center. Information within the modules has been personalized to your strengths and weaknesses so you can improve upon specific topics found on the ALEKS assessment. Once you've logged into ALEKS:
- Find the section entitled "Improve Your Knowledge in a Prep and Learning Module" and click the "Start" button located within that section.
- Select the subject area in your "Prep and Learning Pie" that you would like to work on.
- Once you engage with the ALEKS "Prep and Learning" modules, you will have access to your ALEKS account opportunities for 6 months.
- In order to access additional retest attempts, students are required to engage with
the “Prep & Learning” module for a certain amount of time. Please note that once the student takes their initial ALEKS Preview Assessment, a
6 month window of access to the modules begins. After 6 months, access to the “Prep
& Learning” review module will expire and in turn the opportunity to take assessments
will expire as well.
- 1st Proctored Attempt – no required Prep & Learning beforehand (but strongly encouraged)
- 2nd Proctored Attempt – at least 3 required Prep & Learning hours beforehand
- 3rd Proctored Attempt – at least 5 additional Prep & Learning hours required beforehand.
- 4th Proctored Attempt – at least 8 additional Prep & Learning hours required beforehand
Interpreting Your ALEKS Score
Below is a chart where you can view what course(s) you have placed into based on your ALEKS assessment score.
|ALEKS Score||Course Placement|
|76 or greater||MTH200|
|61 or greater||MTH140, 124, 134, 220|
|46 or greater||MTH101, 103, 130, 165; MGT225|
|35-45||MTH103 & 083 (Beginning Fall Semester 2018)|
|30-45||MTH080, 101 & 081, or 165 & 085|
Frequently Asked Questions
Only the initial, ALEKS Preview Assessment that does not count for placement can be taken at home. In order for the scores to "count" for course placement, they must be taken in the proctored environment of the Testing Center, and only after the required Prep & Learning hours have been completed.
There is no fee for first time account holders. Harper students have free access to the ALEKS placement assessment and six months of the "Prep and Learning Modules". If you no longer have access to your ALEKS account please contact the Testing Center for a new account that costs $15.
ALEKS is not a multiple-choice assessment so it's important you understand how to use the ALEKS interface. Before the assessment begins, complete the tutorial which shows you how to enter different types of answers, how to use the ALEKS calculator, and how to graph. If you need help while you are taking ALEKS, click on the "help" button at the top of the screen.
There will be a maximum of 30 questions. The exact number of questions will vary due to the adaptive format. It is possible you will be asked questions on material you have not yet learned. Select "I don't know" only if you have no idea how to work a problem. ALEKS is adaptive which means it bases the problems you see and your placement on how you respond. "I don't know" is interpreted by ALEKS to mean you do not know the topic at all, and this will be reflected in your assessment results. If you select "I don't know" repeatedly, the assessment will underestimate your ability.
You must wait a minimum of 24 hours between each ALEKS assessment and complete a designated amount of time in the "Prep and Learning Module". After you have completed an assessment you will see the following screen:
If the start button is grayed out, it means 24 hours has not elapsed since your last assessment, or you need to spend time in the Prep and Learning Modules.
If your 6 month window of access to your ALEKS account has expired, another account can be purchased for $15.00. In order to purchase a new account, you must first contact the Harper College Testing Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847.925.6541. The Testing Center will provide you with new account access information and directions on how to purchase.
You may only use a pen or pencil, paper, a non-CAS calculator (popular examples of these include a TI83+, TI84+ or other similar/more basic models) and the resources provided within the ALEKS software. You may not receive any assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks, or any other resource not provided by ALEKS. Using outside resources may lead to improper course placement, and ultimately course failure.
Any person with a disability who would like to request an accommodation for the ALEKS assessment should visit the Harper College Access and Disability Services Office (Building I, Room I103) or call their office at (Voice) 847.925.6266 or (Videophone for Deaf and Hard of Hearing callers) 224.836.5048.