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About the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment

ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) is a web-based assessment system that uses artificial intelligence to create an adaptive test in order to determine a student's mathematical knowledge. The results from the ALEKS assessment will be used to determine the appropriate math course for a student based on his/her prerequisite knowledge.

The ALEKS Math Placement Assessment covers a broad range of material from basic Algebra to Precalculus. It is designed to identify if you are prepared for a particular course. After you take your first Placement Assessment, you will have the opportunity to review and master additional topics to reassess and improve your placement.

Topics covered:

  • Real numbers (including fractions, integers, and percentages)
  • Equations and inequalities (including linear equations, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations, and quadratic equations),
  • Linear and quadratic functions (including graphs and functions, linear functions, and parabolas), exponents and polynomials (including integer exponents, polynomial arithmetic, factoring, and polynomial equations), rational expressions (including rational equations and rational functions
  • Radical expressions (including higher roots and rational exponents)
  • Exponentials and logarithms (including function compositions and inverse functions, properties of logarithms, and logarithmic equations)
  • Geometry and trigonometry (including perimeter, area, and volume, coordinate geometry, trigonometric functions, and identities and equations).

The assessment will have a maximum of 30 questions and it will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. During the proctoring session, you will have a maximum of 2 hours to complete the ALEKS assessment. After you complete the assessment, you will immediately receive your ALEKS score. The score will be visible in CaneLink within 48 hours of completing the assessment. If the desired placement is not achieved, the ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules will be available for you to review, learn material, re-take the assessment and improve your math placement.

PRACTICE ASSESSMENT: Before taking proctored ALEKS, you should complete a practice assessment that will be available from May 1st until July 31st. This will give you an idea of where you would place based on ALEKS and will also give you the opportunity to review topics you need to work on before taking the proctored assessment. You may take the un-proctored, practice ALEKS assessment from any location with internet access. You can access the practice ALEKS assessment and the Prep and Learning Modules through CaneLink by clicking on the link "TAKE ALEKS" in the Student Center. The un-proctored ALEKS must be completed within 24 hours of starting the assessment and is only for practice. The practice assessment will not be used to place students in any UM mathematics course or to meet any prerequisite. After the practice assessment, the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module will be available for you to review and learn material needed to improve your math placement. The subscription to the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module is for 6 months from the first time you access the modules.

PROCTORED ALEKS: You will be given three chances to take the proctored ALEKS assessment, and you will also be provided access to a recommended 6-month ALEKS Prep and Learning Module that will allow you to review and practice your math skills before taking the ALEKS assessment again. After each submission of the proctored ALEKS Math Placement Assessment, you will be required to spend at least 5 hours in the recommended ALEKS Prep and Learning Module before taking the assessment again. There is a 24 hour waiting period before you are allowed to repeat the assessment. Please do not begin to work on your module until you know you have the time to dedicate to it and complete the required hours. The subscription to the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module will expire in 6 months from your first access to the module. If you do not complete the required 5 hours in the recommended Prep and Learning Module within the 6 month subscription, you will not be able to repeat the assessment.

Students taking ALEKS are expected to adhere to the University of Miami's Honor Code and any violations will be reported to the Dean of Students.

Quick Facts about the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment

  • The ALEKS Math Placement Assessment has a maximum of 30 questions.

  • The assessment will take approximately 90 minutes to complete, but the amount of time will vary by student since the test is adaptive. Proctored ALEKS assessments will be timed for completion in 120 minutes.

  • You will need a pen or pencil and paper. You may not receive assistance from any individual, websites, textbooks, smart phone, smart watch, or any other resource not provided by ALEKS. Using outside resources may lead to improper placement and ultimately course failure.

  • An on-screen calculator will be provided in ALEKS in the case that you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.

  • After you take ALEKS the first time, if you are not satisfied with your ALEKS score, you may take the assessment again. You may take the proctored ALEKS Math Placement Assessment up to 3 times. Before repeating the assessment, you will need to spend 5 hours in the recommended ALEKS Prep and Learning Module so that you can improve your skills and overall score.

  • Your subscription to the recommended ALEKS Prep and Learning Module is only for 6 months. If you want to repeat the assessment, do not begin your module until you know you can complete the required 5 hours. You will be blocked from repeating the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment once your 6 month subscription to the module expires.

  • There is a 24 hour waiting period before you are allowed to repeat the assessment.

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