About ALEKS - Math Placement

About Math Placement (ALEKS)

Math is a fact of life at Michigan Tech. Doing well in your math course(s) is critical to your success in future courses required for your major. To place you in the most appropriate math course, Michigan Tech requires incoming students without qualifying AP, IB, or CLEP scores or earned college-level math credit to take an online ALEKS Placement Assessment.

The ALEKS Placement Assessment covers material from basic math through precalculus.

  • It will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.

  • You will access the assessment online, from any computer, through your MyMichiganTech account.

  • After the assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning Module is available for you to review and learn material. Use this module to improve your math skills. After working in the Prep and Learning module, you can take another online ALEKS Placement Assessment. Your math placement will be determined by the highest placement score you've earned.

Your initial course placement is important as your math class is a pre-requisite for many other courses that are required for your degree.

For most majors at Michigan Tech, it is ideal to start in calculus.  We strongly encourage you to take full advantage of the Prep and Learning Module to improve your skills as you work toward a higher initial course placement or to prepare for your first mathematics course at Michigan Tech. 

We want to you to be prepared—review the information below before your first assessment.

If you have questions regarding ALEKS, please contact mathplacement@mtu.edu.