Math Placement

Cost and Payment Information

There is a non-refundable $25 fee to take the online ALEKS Math Placement Assessment. This fee covers:

  • Your initial assessment, plus the option to retake the assessment up to two additional times to improve your course placement if you did not place into the Recommended First Math Course.
  • An online Prep and Learning Module—customized for you after your initial assessment—to help you prepare for another assessment or to improve your skills for your first math course at Michigan Tech.

You will need a credit card to register for the assessment. If you do not have a credit card, you must purchase a pre-paid Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express at a retailer near you in the amount of $25. It is not possible to put this fee on your Michigan Tech student bill, and financial aid will not cover this cost. You must pay ALEKS directly.

Remember, your math class is a pre-requisite for many other courses that are required for your degree. Starting in a math course that is below your recommended first math course means you may increase your time to graduate to a minimum of 10 semesters (5 years). The $25 test fee for ALEKS can save you time and additional tuition.

Assessment Dates

The ALEKS assessment is open online to all incoming students from May 1 to June 30. Students admitted after June 20 will be able to take the assessment at a later date. See the chart below for details.

Dates and Deadlines
May 1
  • ALEKS Placement Assessment opens to all admitted students
  • Enrollment Deposit is due to Michigan Tech to hold your spot in the incoming fall class
June 30 Last day to take ALEKS
July 1 Approximate date AP scores are received and processed at Michigan Tech
Mid-July Course schedules for incoming students are prepared—you’ll be able to view yours through MyMichiganTech

July 15–
August 15

ALEKS is open for students who:

  • were admitted after June 20
  • received an AP Calculus score of 1 or an IB Higher Level Mathematics score of less than 5
  • made prior arrangements with the Director of First Year Math
August 23–September 4

Orientation week begins. The ALEKS assessment is available in a proctored lab on campus for:

  • international students
  • students admitted after August 5
  • students who made prior arrangements with the Director of First Year Math

After the Assessment

Taking the ALEKS assessment through your MyMichiganTech account allows your ALEKS score to be received on campus and tied to your student record. We’ll know if you take additional assessments, and we will see (and use) your highest placement score.

Course schedules for all incoming students are prepared on campus in mid-July. The highest placement score you’ve earned by June 30 will determine your math placement.

Never fear; if you were admitted to Michigan Tech after mid-July, your course schedule will be prepared by Orientation week.

All students will have a full course schedule by the start of the fall semester.