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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. You must complete and submit the assessment within a 24 hour period, but it is best to complete the assessment in one sitting. After 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.

You will be given three chances to take the ALEKS assessment, and 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 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 48 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. You must complete the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment and the recommended ALEKS Prep and Learning Module by no later than August 1st, so that your class schedule may be finalized well in advance of the start of the fall semester.

Be honest. You are expected to take the assessment on your honor and without any outside assistance. The use of books, notes, electronic devices, aids, websites, or the assistance of tutors, friends, family, or any other individual while taking the assessment is not permitted. Receiving assistance on ALEKS is a violation of the University of Miami's Honor Code and punishable by the provisions set forth by that code.

Any mathematics instructor has the right to administer an in-class, proctored ALEKS Assessment or a written assessment, on the prerequisite knowledge required for their course during the first two weeks of classes. ALL SECTIONS OF MTH161 AND MTH151 WILL BE ADMINISTERING A PROCTORED ALEKS DURING THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF CLASSES. If your performance on that assessment or the proctored ALEKS assessment is not consistent with your original ALEKS placement score, you may be required to enroll in a lower level course. Any extreme discrepancy between your ALEKS score and the in class assessment will be reported to the Dean of Students as a violation of the University of Miami’s Honor Code.

Quick Facts about the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment

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

  • The un-proctored assessments are untimed and will be available for a 24 hour period. It is best to complete the assessment in one sitting.

  • 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 90 minutes.

  • You will need a pen or pencil and paper. You may not receive assistance from any individual, websites, textbooks, 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 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 48 hour waiting period before you are allowed to repeat the assessment.

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