Prepare for Your Assessment

The ALEKS assessment is designed to determine what you know. We want you to start in the math course that best fits your skill level, while keeping you on track to complete your degree. Being placed in a class that is below your skill level could delay your time to graduation and result in unnecessary tuition.

  • The assessment is open from May 1 to June 30.
  • Review the Recommended First Math Course table to see which first math course will keep you on track to complete your degree in the minimum amount of time. Consider this your goal course.
  • Give your first assessment a serious, honest effort so it 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.
  • If the score from your initial assessment places you in your goal course, you do not need to work in the Prep and Learning Module or take additional assessments. However, you are welcome to use the Prep and Learning Module to help you prepare for your first math course at Michigan Tech.
  • We recommend you take your initial assessment as close to May 1 as possible. Then, if needed, work in your Prep and Learning Module to prepare for a second (or third) assessment before June 30.