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ALEKS Math Placement, Preparation & Learning

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ALEKS is here to help you succeed in math.

This user-friendly online math learning system: 

  • Gives you a complete overview of your math strengths and weaknesses
  • Provides learning modules to help improve your skills
  • Can improve your math placement and increase your course options

If you do not have a math placement, or if you want to challenge your placement, you should take the ALEKS PPL assessment. Most students skip at least one math class using ALEKS.

Free testing is available


ALEKS Assessments & Learning Modules

Your access to ALEKS comes with five assessments and learning modules that are customized to your learning needs. You must work a minimum of 3 hours in the learning modules and wait a minimum of 24 hours between assessment attempts.

First Assessment

Take it at home as a practice test or in the testing center for official placement.

Don’t try to study or use any outside resources.  This assessment will diagnose your current math knowledge.

After the first assessment, you can use the learning modules to learn and study as much as you can/need before your next assessment.

Further Assessments

After you have taken your first assessment, four more assessments are available.

You can use additional assessments as practice tests or proctored tests but at least one must be proctored in a testing center. After every assessment, ALEKS will update your custom learning modules. 

You will need to work in the modules at least 3 hours between each attempt. You will also need to wait a minimum of 24 hours between attempts.

When you get the proctored score you want/need, you can register for the class your score places you in.
Note: Only proctored exams count towards official placement.


Students can take proctored exams at the:

  • Stewart Library Testing Center
  • Davis Campus Testing Center

Valid photo identification required (Wildcard ID or government-issued photo ID).

Calculators are not allowed, but scratch paper will be provided.

Distance students can email or to get information on how to take a proctored distance exam.




Get Started: Recommended Steps


  1. Log into your eWeber portal and click the “ALEKS Access” tile.
  2. Follow the prompts to enroll in ALEKS. If you have previously enrolled in ALEKS email for additional instructions.

  3. Take your first assessment. This can be taken as a practice test at home or as a proctored exam in the testing center.
  4. Use learning modules to improve your math knowledge.
  5. Take additional assessments in the testing center, as needed.
  • Testing is available for free.
  • Have questions about ALEKS? Please email 

Tips for Taking ALEKS  

Answer every question to the best of your ability. ALEKS has the ability to give you partial credit, in a sense, by analyzing your answer for evidence of partial knowledge of how to solve a problem. Each question has an “I don’t know” button, but ALEKS can better assess your knowledge if you attempt a problem and answer incorrectly. If you truly have no idea how to begin working a test question, choose “I don’t know.”

Don’t skip questions. You cannot go back to a question once you click the submit button.

Use paper and pencil. Even though the test is on the computer, you should write out each problem and solve it on paper. Then enter your answer into the computer. You are less likely to make errors, and will get a better score.

Take your time. Don’t rush. Many people think the sign of a good math person is an ability to do math fast. This is not true. Take your time to carefully think through each step of each problem and double check your work. An extra 15 minutes in the test could mean one less semester of math.


Know Your Requirements

Math Placement Details & Quantitative Literacy Requirements