ALEKS Math Placement

About

  • ALEKS is an online, adaptive mathematics placement assessment that will give you (and UNLV) a comprehensive picture of your individual strengths and weaknesses across many areas of mathematics.
  • ALEKS is a placement predictor - not an achievement test. There is no need to study for the initial ALEKS math placement assessment. Do not cheat in any manner. Either of these would likely result in your being placed in a course that you are not prepared to pass.
  • It provides you with targeted learning modules based on your strengths and weaknesses, and greater confidence and accuracy in course placement.
  • The sophisticated ALEKS program determines which questions are presented to you based on your previous responses. This technique selects appropriate questions for you and avoids asking you questions that are either too easy or too far beyond your state of readiness.
  • After you complete the initial assessment, ALEKS will provide you with customized learning modules.
  • You can retake the ALEKS math placement assessment up to two more times after engaging the learning modules for the required number of hours (more on this explained in the next module).
  • Your ALEKS account remains active for one year and you have access to the learning modules for 6 months.
  • This program has Proctored Exam(s). Additional verification of identity and additional charges are required. See “Cost” section for details. For more information, visit ProctorU's website. Make sure your computer meets ProctorU system requirements prior to registration.

Structure

  • You have two hours to take the assessment
  • There are up to 30 questions in total on an ALEKS assessment.
  • Since the questions are chosen based on your response to previous questions, you must answer every question when it is first given:
    • You cannot leave a question and come back to it later.
    • You must answer the current question before you can move on to the next. As much as possible, avoid answering, “I Don’t Know.”

Availability of ALEKS math placement assessment

  • All incoming freshmen are required to have placement scores on file to sign up for New Student Orientation (NSO), so we encourage ALEKS utilization ASAP, so that new students have access to register for New Student Orientation. If you are simply trying to improve your placement, but already signed up for NSO, please be sure to complete ALEKS at least two weeks prior to your orientation date. 
  • The ALEKS math placement assessment and learning modules are open all semester (but do close for one week right before the semester begins). Students who take ALEKS after a semester has begun will utilize the score for the following semester.

Cost

ALEKS and ProctorU are currently free for students who need to take the assessment.

  • ProctorU charges the premium scheduling fees for proctoring scheduled less than 72 hours in advance. Students are responsible for this fee if they schedule an appointment less than 72 hours in advance.
  • Students are responsible for exam fees if they do not show up or cancel their appointment at least 36 hours in advance (this may be charged to your student account)

Accessibility Requests

If you feel that you are in need of accommodations for your ALEKS assessment, please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) to speak with a disability specialist.

Next Steps

Active ALEKS Accounts (you’ve taken the ALEKS placement before)

  • If you have taken ALEKS placement at UNLV before, your account remains active for one year. Before proceeding, login to your ALEKS account and make sure it is listed under “active”.
  • If your account is active, go to the Step 4 Module in your “Math ALEKS Placement” Webcampus-Canvas Course for Next Steps.
  • If you created an account but never took the assessment, proceed to “I need to create an ALEKS account”.

Inactive ALEKS Accounts

  • If your ALEKS account has expired, you will need to sign up for ALEKS again.
  • Signing up for a new account is essentially starting over in the ALEKS placement.
  • Go to "I need to create a new ALEKS account" for next steps.

I need to create an ALEKS account

The process of taking ALEKS placement with ProctorU is delivered through Canvas.

Access Requirements
  • New and continuing degree-seeking students must have an ACE account and a UNLV Rebelmail to access the course.
  • Readmits or non-degree seeking students, must be enrolled in at least 1 credit hour
To Gain Access
  • Activate your ACE account (if you haven't done so already)
  • Visit the page to self-enroll in the Webcampus-Canvas course for ALEKS math placement
  • Login using your ACE credentials
  • Click “Enroll in Course”
  • Visit your dashboard, or login at unlv.instructure.com and click the course to get started!

Note: If you are planning on participating in the Math Bridge Program,wait for their direction before registering for ALEKS placement.