ALEKS Math Placement Assessment for Incoming StudentsFrequently Asked Questions

All incoming freshman, regardless of AP, IB, dual enrollment and CLEP credits, and all incoming transfer students with additional math requirements must take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment.

Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to register your vehicle for a virtual parking permit.

It is recommended that you park in Lot PG 6 at the Modesto Maidique Campus (MMC) and Lot 2 at the Biscayne Bay Campus. The parking permit is valid in any student parking area (unmarked bumper blocks).

Please note that the parking permit is only valid from 8am to 5pm on the day for which you registered.

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Modesto Maidique Campus
Ryder Business Building 160
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Biscayne Bay Campus
AC1 160
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The placement assessment is required and will evaluate your mathematics knowledge and skills level, which will help your academic adviser in placing you in a class in which you are most likely to succeed.

You should take the assessment as soon as possible but no later than the day before your orientation. You must bring the printout with your ALEKS score to the orientation, so your adviser can properly place you in a mathematics course. If you don’t take the assessment prior to the orientation, you will not be allowed to register for a math course during that time.

Do not wait until the last moment to take the assessment because if you are not satisfied with your score, you can retake the assessment or access the learning module and refresh your knowledge. Completing a learning module will require about 2-3 weeks.

The ALEKS placement score is valid for 18 months.

Photo ID, your Panther ID number, paper, pencil, no calculator needed.

You do not need a calculator since ALEKS makes it available for certain problems. Before you start the assessment, you will go through a short tutorial on how to use the ALEKS toolbar to input the answers. The assessment will consist of about 30 open-ended questions, some easy and some difficult. You will not know whether your answer is correct or not. Your answers determine what questions you are asked next, as ALEKS is probing the depth of your knowledge. Because of the adaptive nature of the assessment, you will not be able to go back and change your answer. Therefore, try to answer the questions to the best of your ability. You should answer “I don’t know” only if you truly don’t know the answer.

On average, the assessment takes about 90 minutes. You will have 2 hours and 30 minutes. The assessment should be completed in one sitting. The time starts when you start the assessment. After 2 hours 30 minutes, the assessment will close and you will be assigned the score earned at that time. 

Your ALEKS score appears after you complete the assessment. You will see a pie chart showing your performance in different areas represented by color-keyed slices. The darker color in each slice represents your mastery level. Above the pie, you will see, under Course Mastery, the number of topics you did well on. At the bottom of this page, under the History tab, you will see a table that contains, among other things, the Assessment Performance Goal which is your ALEKS score.

Your ALEKS score will be available to your adviser within 24-48 hours. If you need it sooner, please print the results.

Your score shows the level of your math preparedness and as such can be used to help you choose a class in which you are likely to succeed. If you take a class for which you don’t have required prerequisites, you will have a hard time passing it. ALEKS Math Placement Assessment evaluates your knowledge and indicates the class level that you can be successful.

The table below shows the classes you can register for, as a College of Business student, depending on the score and your intended major. You will be able to discuss your preferences with your academic adviser.

Course ALEKS score
Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033) 0-29
College Algebra (MAC 1105) Minimum 30
Precalculus Algebra (MAC 1140) Minimum 50
Business Calculus (MAC 2233) Minimum 60

Please note that a student with an SAT math score below 440 or an ACT math score below 19 must take the PERT assessment for math placement. Contact the University Testing Center at (305) 348-2441 for additional information.

No, you will have to take ALEKS to register for the first math class only. Remember however that the ALEKS score is valid only for 18 months, so if you do not take the math class you place into or are not successful in it, and your score is over 18 months old at the start of the semester, you will have to re-take ALEKS before you are allowed to take the class again. If you fail a course you placed into, register for a prerequisite course or purchase ALEKS learning module to refresh the skills needed for that class.

No. Performance in an entire course is a much better measure of a student's proficiency than performance on a placement assessment. The placement assessment is used only when the available information about a student's performance in college level math courses is insufficient to determine a placement. In short, if you take a prerequisite course and don't receive a C or better in it, you must repeat that course

Yes. You can take the assessment as many times as you want (one attempt per day). You must pay for subsequent attempts, and all attempts must be completed in-person.

ALEKS score is used only to place you in a class for which you have adequate background. It is extremely important that the score reflects your true abilities, so the class you take will be a good fit for you. The class might still be challenging, but your prerequisite knowledge will be sufficient to succeed in it.

However, if you believe that your ALEKS score underestimates your knowledge, you have two choices:

  • retake the assessment, or
  • complete one of the ALEKS learning modules and retake the assessment.

If your score is slightly above the minimum required for a specific class, you are encouraged to complete the learning module for that specific class to increase your skill level and boost your chances of successful completion of that course. For example, if your ALEKS assessment score is 31 and your major requires that you take College Algebra, you should complete the Prep for College Algebra learning module before the first day of classes.

If your score is sufficient to register for calculus, make sure that you have a good knowledge of trigonometry and precalculus algebra (especially exponential and logarithmic functions). Without adequate background in these topics, you will have a very hard time in the class. You will probably be better off taking Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry (MAC 1147) prior to Calculus I.

No, the score will be available to your adviser and used only to place you in the class that you are most likely to succeed.

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