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ALEKS

 ALEKS

BYU - Idaho requires an ALEKS mathematics placement assessment to determine readiness for math courses. The ALEKS Placement covers material from Basic Math through Precalculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the assessment, a Learning Module is available for you to review and learn material, and to improve placement.

Your student account will automatically be charged $25 when you create an ALEKS account.  If you create duplicate accounts you will be charged for each account.

You are strongly encouraged to spend several hours using ALEKS even if you have achieved placement in your desired course.  Time spent in ALEKS will better prepare you for your upcoming math classes and will 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 improve your skills.
  • There is 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 the assessment truly reflects your level of 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.
  • Please remember the Principles of Personal Honor:  http://www.byui.edu/student-honor-office?cid=fli:173

 

Who has to take the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

All students who scored less than an 18 on the ACT or 430 on the SAT or who do not have an ACT/SAT score, and wish to take any of the following courses

 

  • FDMAT 108
  • FDMAT 110 or MATH 109
  • FDMAT 112 or MATH 119

  

What does my placement result mean?

Your placement result is your percentage mastery on the best assessment. Course placement is determined as follows.:

Score (%)  Needed to Register for:

<14

MATH 100A

Arithmetic

23

MATH 100B

Beginning Algebra

38

MATH 101

Intermediate Algebra

38

FDMAT 108

Math for the Real World

53

FDMAT 110

College Algebra

55

MATH 109

Precalculus

70

MATH 119

Calculus for Business and Life Sciences

>85

FDMAT 112

Calculus I

  

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

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

Will I earn college credit for completing the test?

No.  Completing the test allows you to enroll in the course you would like to take.

 

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 learning module in between placement assessments so that you can improve your skills.

  

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

  • Yes, you must work in ALEKS Prep and Learning for at least
  • 3 hours between the 1st and 2nd  placement assessments,
  • 3 hours between the 2nd and 3rd placement assessments,
  • 3 hours between the 3rd and 4th placement assessments, and
  • 3 hours between the 4th and 5th placements assessments.

  

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment immediately?

  • You must wait at least 48 hours between placement assessments.
  • There is no benefit to re-taking the assessment immediately after completing an attempt.
  • Unlike the SAT or ACT, you cannot improve your results by simply re-taking the assessment without spending time reviewing your math skills.

  

How long will a placement assessment take to complete?

  • Your placement assessment will take approximately 90 minutes to complete
  • The amount of time can vary by student.
  • There will be a maximum of 30 questions.
  • You must complete it within 48 hours of beginning the placement assessment.

What happens if I do not complete a placement assessment within 48 hours?

  • You will have to restart the assessment.

How long do I have access to my Prep and Learning Module?

You will have six weeks from the time that you start using your Prep and Learning module.

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.

  

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 are ALEKS Progress Assessments (Pop Quizzes)?

While working in a Prep and Learning Module, you will periodically complete pop quizzes to solidify your understanding of math.

  

Does progress in an ALEKS Prep and 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.

  

Where can I get help with ALEKS?

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

http://support.aleks.com/

 

How do I begin using ALEKS?

The course code is 9QVNH-XJ66X.  Please write it down.  You MUST enter this course code in the boxes for "Using ALEKS with a Class" to create create your account.  

To begin your assessment, go to www.aleks.com and click on the "SIGN UP NOW!" link.

Enter the course code listed above.