ALEKS Math Assessment Overview
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.
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 retaking a proctored ALEKS attempt. 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:
Below is a chart where you can view what course(s) you have placed into based on your ALEKS assessment score.
|61-100||College Math||MTH124, 140, 134, 220 & 225|
|46-100||College Math||MTH103 & 130|
|46-100||College Math||MTH101 & 165|
College Math with Support
(only for students needing calculus)
MTH103 + MTH083 co-req*
|30-45||College Math with Support||MTH101 + MTH081 co-req & MTH165 + MTH085 co-req|
|14-29||Prep for College Math||MTH065 & MGT150|
|0-13||Math Reboot||MTH065 + FYS101 Math Reboot|
As Harper College remains committed to a remote learning environment in response the COVID-19 pandemic, ALEKS placement testing currently happening entirely at home. There are differences though between how the Preview attempt and the proctored attempt are administered:
The Preview attempt is considered a practice attempt that gives you exposure to how the ALEKS test operates as well as providing access to the personalized Prep & Learning modules that could help you study prior to taking the proctored attempt that counts for placement. You take the Preview at your own pace, at home, without being proctored, but the results of the Preview do not count for placement.
Test attempts after the Preview need to be proctored, and that will occur with the assistance of the online proctoring tool, Honorlock. For more information on Honorlock, please refer to our Honorlock FAQ page. As long as you're testing with Honorlock, the attempts will count for placement because you're being proctored.
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.
If your 12 month window of access to your ALEKS account has expired, another account can be purchased for $15. 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.