About ALEKS Math Assessment
Who takes the ALEKS PPL Placement Assessment?
Any student who wants to take MATH 425 but who has not met the prerequisite must take the ALEKS PPL Mathematics Placement Assessment. The prerequisite for MATH 425, Calculus I, is either:
- a grade of C or better in MATH 418, Analysis & Applications of Functions
- a score of 4 or better on the AP Calculus AB exam
- a score of 3 or better on the AP Calculus BC exam
- or a qualifying score on the ALEKS PPL Mathematics Placement Assessment.
First-Year College of Engineering and Physical Sciences students have specific directions.
WHO can NOT take the ALEKS placement exam?
Any student who has taken MATH 418 but did not earn a grade of C or better may NOT take the ALEKS PPL Placement Assessment as a means of entrance into MATH 425.
What is ALEKS?
ALEKS is a powerful artificial-intelligence based assessment tool that zeros in on the strengths and weaknesses of a student’s mathematical knowledge, reports its findings to the student, and then provides the student with a learning environment for improving this knowledge to an appropriate level for course placement.
Is there a fee for using ALEKS PPL?
Yes, you will have to pay a $25 fee via credit card before you begin. The fee covers the cost of your original placement assessment and up to three additional placement assessments, if you need them. Six months of access to a Prep and Learning Module is also included.
When must I take the ALEKS PPL Placement Assessment?
The testing period for students who want to take MATH 425 in spring 2020 opens November 1, 2019
BE SURE TO TAKE THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT EARLY IN THE TESTING PERIOD, AND DO YOUR VERY BEST THE FIRST TIME YOU TAKE IT. Based on the results of your first attempt, ALEKS will select a Prep and Learning Module in which you must work before taking the assessment a second time. That module will be the only module that you can access. If you don’t take your first placement attempt seriously, the module selected for you will not be at the appropriate level for you, and you will not be adequately prepared to test into calculus when you take the ALEKS Placement Assessment the second time.
You can take the ALEKS Placement Assessment up to four times. However, between any two consecutive attempts, you will be required to have a 72-hour cool-off period and to work in your Prep and Learning Module for at least five hours. (Note that learning modules include "periodic assessments" which check progress on topics. These may look like placement assessments, but they are not – they have no effect on your placement score.)
All access to the ALEKS Placement Assessment for the fall semester will end Friday, January 24, 2020.
After January 24, you will be able to continue using your Prep and Learning Module until your six-month access period expires.
How long will the assessment take?
The assessment will ask up to 30 questions. You should plan to complete the assessment in one 2-3 hour sitting. If you do not complete the assessment in one sitting, you will have 48 hours to complete it before the assessment is reset.
The only purpose of the assessment is to give an accurate measure of your current mathematical skills so that you will have a better opportunity to be successful in your mathematics course. There is no benefit to inflating or deflating your abilities on the assessment. Taking a class that is not appropriate for your current level of mathematical knowledge could delay your graduation. Therefore, while you are taking the assessment, do not consult any other source for help (friends, family, internet searches, textbooks, etc.), and do your honest best.
In addition, as a member of the UNH community, you are expected to uphold UNH’s principles, which include doing honest academic work.
What you need
- A valid credit card
- Your 9-digit UNH ID number
- Your UNH email address
- A pencil and paper
- A reliable internet connection
- 2-3 hours of time
- A space conducive to doing your best work
All other resources are provided by ALEKS.
You should NOT use your own calculator. If one is needed to answer a question, ALEKS will provide one automatically for that question.
You should NOT use other resources such as textbooks, websites, or friends. Use of non-permitted resources is a violation of UNH’s academic honesty policy, and may result in your being required to take a course for which you are not prepared.
What to expect
This is a free response assessment; there are no multiple choice questions. Before you take the assessment, ALEKS will present a short tutorial on how to enter answers, how to use the graphing utilities, and how to use the built in calculator that will be offered when appropriate. TAKE YOUR TIME WITH THIS TUTORIAL AND BE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND HOW THESE FEATURES WORK.
Take the Assessment
In order to access the placement assessment, go to: ALEKS and follow directions below. Note that, at some point during the process, you will be asked to enter a 10-character class code; the code for the spring semester is 6A4VH-VYTQ3.
- If you have used an ALEKS product in the past, here are the steps necessary to take the assessment.
- If you are new to ALEKS, here are the steps necessary to take the assessment.
What do I do if my web browser gets stuck or my computer crashes while I'm taking the Placement Assessment? Simply close the browser, or log out and log back in. ALEKS will resume the Placement Assessment exactly where you left off, with no loss of your previous answers.
Where can I get help with ALEKS?
Contact Customer Support - Higher Education
Hours (Eastern Time):
Sunday from 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Monday through Thursday from 7:00 AM to 1:00 AM
Friday, from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Phone: (714) 619-7090
This is not a timed test. The assessment will ask up to 30 questions. You may take as long as you need to answer the questions, as long as the assessment is completed within 48 hours of starting.
If you need accommodations, please contact UNH’s Student Accessibility Services.
Understand Your Score
ALEKS scores cannot be interpreted in the same way as exam grades. Your placement result (overall score) is a number between 0 and 100. It represents the percentage of topics ALEKS has identified you have mastered.
Course placement is determined as follows:
ALEKS Score Range
0 - 45
Analysis & Applications of Functions
46 – 75
Analysis & Applications of Functions
76 - 100
You will not be permitted to take MATH 425, Calculus I, unless you demonstrate readiness by earning the required ALEKS score. You must score a 76 or higher to place into the course.
If your ALEKS score is below 46, you will be allowed to enroll in MATH 418. However, we strongly urge you to review topics in algebra and precalculus before the course begins.
Your ALEKS PPL score will expire twelve months from your test date.