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 through your MyMichiganTech account. 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.
- The online ALEKS Placement Assessment covers material from basic math through precalculus.
- The first assessment will determine what you know and show what you need to improve on. Give this attempt a serious, honest effort so it truly reflects your level of knowledge and math preparedness.
- 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. You need a score of 56–69 to place in precalculus or a 70 or higher to place in calculus. If you do not reach the score for your recommended first math class, you must use the Prep and Learning Module for a minimum of three hours before taking another assessment.
- 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.
- Be honest about your skill level. There is no benefit to cheating on the placement assessment—you will only be placed in a class that is too difficult for your current level of mathematical knowledge. Academic integrity and honesty are central components of a Michigan Tech education. View our academic integrity policy.
Top 5 ALEKS Success Tips
5. Know what score you need to place in your recommended first math course.
Placing in a course below your recommended first math course can increase your time to graduate to a minimum of 10 semesters (5 years).
4. You might not place into your recommended first math course after the initial assessment. That's okay!
Consider your first assessment to be a diagnostic of where you are with your current level of mathematical knowledge.
3. Plan to take ALEKS twice (and maybe three times)
Refreshing your skills through a Prep and Learning Module for a minimum of three (3) hours can build your skills and confidence enough to see a big jump in your score.
2. Take ALEKS seriously
The ALEKS assessment isn’t a fluff-off placement test—dedicate time to take the assessment and take it seriously. Each assessment can take up to 90 minutes and you must work in a Prep and Learning Module for a minimum of three (3) hours between assessments. Math at Michigan Tech is hard. We want to be sure you're ready.
1. Don’t wait until the last minute!
We can’t stress this enough. Take your initial assessment on or near May 1 and give yourself time to work in Prep and Learning and take up to two additional assessments well before June 30. Should you need to take three assessments to reach your goal score, you will need to dedicate a minimum of 10.5 hours to the process.