Math Learning Center – Aleks Placement Assessment

ALEKS Placement, Preparation and LearningLincoln University requires an ALEKS mathematics placement assessment to determine readiness for various courses. The ALEKS Placement Assessment covers material from Basic Math through Pre-calculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning Module is available for you to review and learn material, and to improve placement and eventual course outcomes.

All students are strongly encouraged to spend several hours using the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module. Even if you have achieved placement in your desired course, time spent in ALEKS will better prepare you for your upcoming course and ultimately lead to better grades.

First of all, RELAX.  This is an “assessment,” NOT A TEST. The difference is that an assessment is designed to determine what you know. At the end of the ALEKS Placement Assessment, you will have a much better sense of your strengths and weaknesses in math. You will then have a chance to work on those weaknesses. There is really no penalty for incorrectly answering a question on the assessment.  The most important thing is that you take the assessment seriously and give it an honest effort so that the assessment 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. Therefore, while you are taking the assessment, do not consult any other source for help (friends, family, internet searches, etc.). The purpose of the placement assessment is to give an accurate measure of your current mathematical skills so that you will be successful in your mathematics courses.



Who has to take the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

All incoming Lincoln University students.


Is there a fee for using ALEKS?

There is no fee for ALEKS PPL


Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

Yes, you may take up to 2(initial and final) placement assessments. However, to make each attempt worthwhile, it is important that you spend time working in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module in between placement assessments so that you can improve your skills.


Are ALEKS Placement Assessments proctored?

The initial placement assessment that students take remotely is not proctored. The second and the final placement assessment which is given on campus is proctored and will be used for your placement to Mathematics courses.


Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment immediately?

You must wait 48 hours between placement assessments. There is generally no benefit to re-taking the assessment immediately after completing a prior attempt. Unlike the SAT or ACT, you cannot improve your results by simply re-taking the assessment without spending time in the Prep and Learning Module to refresh material that you may have forgotten or to learn new material.


Must I work in my ALEKS Prep and Learning Module between placement assessments?

Yes, for at least 48 hours between the 1st and 2nd placement assessments.


Are placement assessments timed?

For the initial placement assessment, no, you are free to complete the assessment at your own pace. However the second and the final placement assessment is timed, you have 2 hours to complete a placement assessment once it has begun.


How long will a placement assessment take to complete?

Placement assessments require approximately 90 minutes to complete, but the amount of time will vary by student. There will be a maximum of 30 questions.


May I use a calculator while using ALEKS?

ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.


What happens if I do not complete a placement assessment in the allotted time?

If the placement assessment is un proctored, you will have to restart the assessment. If the incomplete assessment is proctored and timed, you will be given a placement result, but it may underestimate your true ability.


May I use any other resources during a placement assessment?

You may only use a pen or pencil, paper, and the resources provided by ALEKS. 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 course failure.


What is my placement result?

Your placement result is your percentage mastery on the second assessment.

Course placement is determined as follows:


Cut Score (%)

Range (%)

Course Placement

≤ 29%


Algebra I (MAT 098)

≥ 30%


Algebra and Applications (MAT 099), MAT 106

≥ 46%


College Algebra (MAT 110)

≥ 61%


Pre Calculus (MAT 111)

≥ 76%


Calculus I











How long is my placement result valid?

Your placement result is valid for 6 months.


Can I practice using ALEKS before I begin placement?

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


How long do I have access to my Prep and Learning Module?

You will have six weeks of access from the time that you start using your Prep and Learning module.


Is there an additional fee for my Prep and Learning Module?

Access to a Prep and Learning Module is included along with up to 2 placement assessments.


What are ALEKS Progress Assessments?

While working in a Prep and Learning Module, you will periodically complete progress assessments to solidify your gains in knowledge.


Does progress in an ALEKS Prep and Learning Module count toward placement?

No, you must complete a new placement assessment to change your placement result. Click on the placement tab on the upper right of the page from within ALEKS. Only your placement assessment results will be used for course placement.


Can I change to a different Prep and Learning Module later?

No, you may only use one Prep and Learning Module. If you are unsure which module to select, use the module recommended by ALEKS.


What if I do not place into the course I wanted?

After you take the initial placement assessment, you can use a Prep and Learning Module to review and learn. This gives you a chance to improve your result during your second/final placement assessment.


I did not place into the class I wanted. Can I take it anyway?

No, you must achieve the minimum placement result to take each corresponding class.


What if I placed into the class I wanted?

Congratulations! Continue to use your Prep and Learning Module to improve your chances for success. The placement result above is the minimum preparation required for your course! Take advantage of the targeted review and learning features in ALEKS to get a better grade in your class.


Where can I get help with ALEKS?


How do I begin using ALEKS?

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