Taking the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment

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 work on those weaknesses. There is really 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 that the assessment truly reflects your level of knowledge and 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, tutors, 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. You are expected to adhere to the University of Miami's Honor Code while taking the assessment.

You can find useful information on navigating through ALEKS and interpreting your results here.

What You Need to Take the ALEKS Assessment

  • A pen/pencil and paper.

  • NOTE: A calculator is not allowed. ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.

  • Your CaneLink ID and password (for login).

  • Approximately 90 minutes to complete the assessment. (This time will vary for each student, and you should feel free to complete the assessment at your own pace.) For proper course placement, you should complete the assessment in one sitting.

  • To take the ALEKS assessment, please log in to CaneLink and click on the ALEKS link.

  • If you experience technical issues while taking the assessment, contact ALEKS Technical Support. For further assistance with technical issues, please use the ALEKS Specialized Support Form. The ALEKS Customer Support staff will be able to help students troubleshoot any technical issues.