Taking ALEKS

The online Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) Placement Assessment covers material from basic math through precalculus. While this exam is not required for many students, you must take ALEKS if:

  • You are an incoming first-year or transfer student and do not have college transfer credits AND you did not take the ACT, SAT, AP Calculus, IB Higher Level Mathematics, or the CLEP Precalculus exams
  • You wish to challenge the initial math placement you received through the University, and understand a lower ALEKS score will result in lower math course placement

Preparing for the Assessment

The ALEKS assessment is open from May 1 to the first Friday of classes. If you choose to challenge your initial math placement, or you don’t have ACT, SAT, AP, IB, or CLEP scores, you should take the assessment as soon as possible.

The assessment package includes an initial assessment, unlimited use of the Prep and Learning Module, and up to four (4) additional assessments for $20.

Accessing ALEKS

You must access the online assessment through your MyMichiganTech account using the link in your Checklist on the Prospective Student tab.

Taking the Assessment

Set aside roughly 90 minutes of dedicated time for your first assessment and be prepared to take ALEKS seriously.

ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial before your placement assessment begins.

You may only use a pen or pencil, paper, and the resources provided by ALEKS. ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator. You may not receive assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks, or any other resource not provided by ALEKS. Using outside resources may lead to improper placement and ultimately frustration and possible course failure.

Once you begin an assessment, you'll have up to three hours to complete it. If you do not reach the score for your recommended first math class, you must use the Prep and Learning Module for five hours before taking another assessment. Targeted Prep and Learning Modules help you to learn the material to improve your score.

After the Assessment

The highest placement score you’ve earned will determine your math placement. Your ALEKS score is only valid as a prerequisite for your first math course at Michigan Tech.