If you have trouble taking the assessment, please contact ALEKS customer support:
New freshmen and transfer students should complete their assessments before coming to New Student Orientation or any visits with your advisor. The sooner you take it, the more opportunity there will be for you to review and re-test if you are not satisfied with your placement..
Yes, it is. Once you are in ALEKS, many topics are available in both English and Spanish. Simply click next to “English” in the main menu and pull down to “Español.”
If you have computer problems, you should be able to log back into the ALEKS Assessment and resume testing. When you log on again, ALEKS will bring you to the point at which you left off.
The ALEKS Assessment requires a browser that is Java-enabled, and you must install the ALEKS plug-in described below. The assessment may be taken on a PC (Windows) or Mac (OS10 or higher), using any of the following browsers: Explorer 6.0 or higher, Firefox 1.5 or higher, or Safari. Additional information is online at www.aleks.com/support/system_requirements
Generally, students are asked 20 to 30 questions. None of the questions are multiple-choice. Students who are unable to answer many of the first questions may end up with a shorter assessment.
No. Once you submit an answer, you cannot change it. It is important that you take your time to answer each question to the best of your ability.
There are a number of topics on the ALEKS Assessment. In a relatively short period of time (about 90 minutes to two hours for most students), ALEKS assesses the percentage of the student’s current knowledge of topics from Prep for Calculus (how many of the total topics has the student already mastered) by asking a small number of questions (usually 20-30). ALEKS chooses each question on the basis of a student’s answers to all the previous questions. Each student, and therefore each set of assessment questions, is unique.
It is impossible to predict the questions that will be asked. By the time a student has completed the assessment, ALEKS has developed a precise picture of his or her knowledge of the course, and has identified which topics in the course the student has and has not mastered. An overview of how ALEKS works is available online at www.aleks.com/about_aleks/overview.
ALEKS is cross-platform accessible. If there is difficulty installing the plug-in see: www.aleks.com/faqs/technical.
Yes, there is a $45 WSU Placement Package fee that includes: initial ALEKS Placement Assessment, 6 week review module, and unlimited re-tests. The package is valid for one year from the date of your initial assessment.
You may retake the placement assessment up to four times. 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. In fact, you are required to spend 3 hours in the Prep and Learning module before the first re-assessment and an additional 5 hours in the Prep and Learning Module before the second re-assessment.
All re-assessments for WSU Tri-Cities students are proctored by appointment on the WSU Tri-Cities campus. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Scores are valid for 12 months.
No. WSU has a customized assessment specific to WSU mathematics courses, which is different from assessments offered through other institutions.
I just want to repeat my last math course. Do I need to take the ALEKS Assessment?
If your last math course was at WSU (and you withdrew, did not pass with a high enough grade, or wish to receive a grade replacement), you generally should still be able to register for that course; however, if too much time has elapsed and the ALEKS Assessment score that got you into that course has expired, you may have to first take the ALEKS Assessment (even if you already took it in the past).
Review the information on the WSU Math Placement Chart (link to Math Placement Chart pdf) to see what score you need.
Freshmen: All freshman students are encouraged to take the placement test and can talk to their academic advisor at orientation. Transfer credits will still count, but students need to know whether or not they seem to be prepared for WSU Math. The purpose of our placement process is to determine, based on your mathematical background and current mathematical ability, which math courses are appropriate for you. Past experience shows that the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment may be the clearest indicator. If you have math transfer credits and place below the level you need for a particular math course, please see an advisor in your department. Remember, placement is about being successful, not skipping courses. If the placement test places you below the level that you want, you need to review or possibly need to take a lower level course, in order to be more successful in your WSU Math course.
Transfers: All students who wish to enroll in a WSU Math course at or below the Calculus I level are encouraged to take the WSU ALEKS Math Placement Test. In particular, if your math credits were completed more than 18 months ago, we recommend that you take the placement assessment.
If a previous WSU ALEKS Math Placement test score resulted in a higher WSU math placement, the system will keep the higher score, unless the score has expired. Test scores are valid for one year.
Your score is automatically added to your WSU student profile which is accessible by your advisor. When you complete the assessment you will have a report identifying topics you know at this time, what you are ready to learn next, and, at the very bottom, the percentage you earned. We strongly recommend that you print this report and keep a copy of it. It is only available right after you finish the assessment. Once you log off, it is no longer available. This report not only contains your score, but also information that will help you review before re-testing if you are not happy with your score. Your advisor will also be interested in seeing this report.
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