What is 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 are used to determine the appropriate math course for a student to take based on his/her prerequisite knowledge. The ALEKS Assessment covers a broad range of material from basic Algebra to Precalculus. The ALEKS assessment subscription is available to students for 1 year and the scores will be valid for up to 18 months.

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 ALEKS score.

How to Take ALEKS

International students who must take ALEKS for math course placement will need to sign up for a session through Navigate. For Fall 2020 placement, ALEKS will be proctored remotely using Respondus LockDown and Monitor. Instructions for signing up and the dates of the sessions are found at math.miami.edu/aleks. Students will be allowed up to two tries on the proctored ALEKS assessment. Before the second try, students will be required to spend 5 hours in the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module.

Students will be allowed 2 hours to complete the proctored assessment. During the proctored sessions, the only items permitted will be paper, pencil, and personal identification. For questions where a calculator is needed or permitted, one will be provided within the ALEKS program. Students must present ID before beginning ALEKS in the proctored sessions. Respondus LockDown and Monitor will be required. You will need a computer with internet connection, a working WebCam, microphone and speakers. You will be given instructions before beginning your assessment for a check of surroundings and presenting your ID. Your entire session will be recorded and reviewed. You are held to the University of Miami Honor Code.

To take the proctored ALEKS students will need to sign into their CaneLink account and use the DUO security, so a cell phone will be permitted during the sign on process. Click on “TAKE ALEKS” in your student center links. After students have successfully logged into CaneLink, all cellphones must be put on silent and put away from their work space.

You will need to download LockDown Browser and Monitor onto your computer when prompted.

It is strongly recommended that students take the proctored ALEKS as soon as possible, so that class schedules may be finalized in advance of the start of classes.

Practice Available for ALEKS

Before scheduling an appointment for the proctored ALEKS assessment, students should take an un-proctored, practice ALEKS assessment from any location with internet access. The practice assessment will be available from June 1st until July 31st. Students 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 5 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 for meeting any prerequisite. After the practice assessment, the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module will be available for students to review and learn material needed to improve their math placement. The subscription to the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module is for 6 months from the first access.

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.

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 2 times. Before repeating the proctored 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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