Aleks Math Placement Info

Dominican requires an ALEKS mathematics placement assessment to determine readiness for various courses. The ALEKS Placement Assessment covers material from Basic Math through Precalculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning Module is available for you to review and learn material, and to improve placement and eventual course outcomes.

All students are strongly encouraged to spend several hours using the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module. Even if you have achieved placement in your desired course, time spent in ALEKS will better prepare you for your upcoming course and ultimately lead to better grades.

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.

Be honest about your skill level. There is no benefit to cheating on the placement assessment – your only reward will be that you are forced to take a class that is too difficult for your current level of mathematical knowledge. 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 your mathematics courses.

Who has to take the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

You will need to take a math placement test unless, your highest Math SAT (old) score was 600 or higher, or your highest Math SATR (new/revised) score was 620 or higher, or if your highest Math ACT score was 26 or higher, then you are waived from the Math placement assessment. Even if you are waived from the placement assessment, you may wish to take it for possible waiver of your terminal math course. Biology and Chemistry majors please note: Because your majors require several courses in math, even if you received a 600 or higher on the Math SAT, or a 620 or higher on the Math SATR, or a 26 or higher on the MATH ACT, it is strongly recommended that you take the Math placement assessment so you will have the opportunity to place into a higher level of math.

Is there a fee for using ALEKS?

Dominican does not charge for placement assessing.

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

Yes, you may take up to 5 placement assessments. However, to make each attempt worthwhile, it is important that you spend time working in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module in between placement assessments so that you can improve your skills.

Are ALEKS Placement Assessments proctored?

Prior to the start of classes, you do not need a proctor to take your ALEKS Assessment or work in the Learning Modules. There is no benefit to cheating on the placement assessment – your only reward will be that you are forced to take a class that is too difficult for your current level of mathematical knowledge. 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 your mathematics courses. Once classes have started your Assessments must be proctored. Please contact Kristen Coleman  at kristen.coleman@dominican.edu to schedule an appointment.

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment immediately?

You must wait 48 hours between placement assessments. There is generally no benefit to re-taking the assessment immediately after completing a prior attempt. Unlike the SAT or ACT, you cannot improve your results by simply re-taking the assessment without spending time in the Prep and Learning Module to refresh material that you may have forgotten or to learn new material.

Must I work in my ALEKS Learning Module between placement assessments?

Yes you are required to work in the Leaning Module as follow:

3 hours between

1st and 2nd Assessment

3 hours between

2nd and 3rd Assessment

3 hours between

3rd and 4th Assessment

3 hours between

4th and 5th Assessment


Are placement assessments timed?

Yes, you have 48 hours to complete a placement assessment once it has begun.

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 to restart the assessment.

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.

What is my placement result?

Your placement result is your percentage mastery on the best assessment.

Course placement is determined as follows:

Range (%)

Course Placement  

00-45

MATH 1300: Intermediate Algebra

 

46-60

 

MATH 1400: College Algebra

MATH 1450: Mathematical Thinking & Quantitative Reasoning*

PSY 3187: Statistics for Health/Behavioral Sciences**

BUS 3023: Business Stats and Data Analytics*** 

61-75

MATH 1500: Precalculus

76-100

MATH 1600: Calculus I

* Requirement for Majors: Communication and Media Studies & Liberal Arts

** Requirement for Majors: Global Public Health, Health Science, International Studies, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Political Science, & Psychology

*** Requirement for Majors: Business

 

Can I practice using ALEKS before I begin placement?

ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial before your placement begins.

How long do I have access to my Learning Module?

You will have six months of access from the time that you start using your Learning module. However, it is to your benefit to work in the Learning Module close to the time of taking your Assessment. Delaying when you use the Learning Module may affect your class schedule.

Is there an additional fee for my Learning Module?

Access to a Learning Module is included along with up to 5 placement assessments.

What are ALEKS Progress Assessments?

While working in a Learning Module, you will periodically complete progress assessments to solidify your gains in knowledge.

Does progress in an ALEKS Learning Module count toward placement?

No, you must complete a new placement assessment to change your placement result. Click on the placement tab on the upper right of the page from within ALEKS. Only your placement assessment results will be used for course placement.

What if I do not place into the course I wanted?

You can use a Learning Module to review and learn, and you may take another placement assessment to improve your placement result.

I did not place into the class I wanted. Can I take it anyway?

No, you must achieve the minimum placement result to take each corresponding class.

What if I placed into the class I wanted?

Congratulations! Continue to use your Learning Module to improve your chances for success. The placement result above is the minimum preparation required for your course! Take advantage of the targeted review and learning features in ALEKS to get a better grade in your class.

Where can I get help with ALEKS?

http://www.aleks.com/faqs/technical

http://support.aleks.com/assess_placement

How do I begin using ALEKS?

Please contact Kristen Coleman placementtesting@dominican.edu for log-in information.