How does ALEKS Calculus work?

The ALEKS Mathematics Placement Assessment is an online program that assesses students’ readiness for the first calculus course. It also helps advisers and students determine the appropriate course(s) for their needs. It is available to all incoming freshmen, regardless of their high school calculus experience. 

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The ALEKS Calculus assessment is designed to evaluate students’ readiness for their first calculus course and assist advisers and students in determining the appropriate course(s) based on their needs. It is available to incoming freshmen, regardless of their previous calculus experience in high school.

All first-year students admitted to any campus, except World Campus, have automatic access to ALEKS. This online test covers topics such as Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2, and it is provided to students free of charge.

During the ALEKS test, students receive a tutorial that familiarizes them with the math palette tools before the placement assessment begins. If at any point during the test students are unsure about how to input an answer or require assistance, they can access the tutorial by clicking on the Help button below the answer palette tools. Accessing the tutorial does not affect their assessment results.

Once students complete the assessment, they receive their score along with a link to learning modules that can be used for reviewing and improving their score. They are allowed to retake the assessment up to four times, with the first attempt required to be completed within a 24-hour period. It is strongly recommended that students dedicate at least three hours to studying the ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules between each attempt.

If a student’s score does not meet the minimum placement requirement for the desired class, it is highly recommended that they retake the ALEKS assessment. By utilizing the Prep and Learning Modules to review subject areas that were not adequately covered in the initial attempt, students can increase their scores.

Students have the opportunity to retake the ALEKS Calculus assessment up to five times in total. Before taking this assessment, it is strongly advised that students spend at least three hours studying the ALEKS Math Prep and Learning Modules to enhance their preparation.

In the event that a student does not pass the ALEKS Calculus assessment, they have the option to take CHM 1025 as a refresher course. However, before progressing to CHM 2045 or CHM 2095, they will need to earn a grade of C or higher in CHM 1025.

It’s important to note that the ALEKS Calculus placement test is not a multiple-choice test but an open-response test, requiring students to use pen and paper to solve problems. The number of questions may vary between 20 and 35, depending on the difficulty level of each question.

Once a student successfully passes the ALEKS Calculus assessment, their adviser will discuss the most suitable course(s) based on their placement. With the ALEKS placement information, students can then proceed to register for their classes.

For transfer students, their high school courses will be converted to ALEKS scores, which will appear in LionPATH. The LionPATH Academic Background will display a dummy ALEKS score of 101, representing an equivalent score of 76 to 100 on the actual ALEKS placement test.

To view their ALEKS score, students can log into ALEKS using their LionPATH access link. They will be able to see their placement score, a pie chart illustrating the extent to which they have mastered specific skills, and a link to access the ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules.