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ALEKS Placement

ALEKS Placement Exam

Cost: $25.00


A score of 76 or higher will give you PLACEMENT into Calculus (Math 2250). Once you have taken and passed Calculus at UGA, an exemption will be given for Precalculus (Math 1113) on your record.

If you are in need of only a Precalculus exemption for you chosen major and don't plan on taking Calculus, you MUST take the DMAT and NOT the ALEKS exam.

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 course exemption.

Can I transfer an ALEKS Placement score from completion at another institution?

No, the University of Georgia does not transfer ALEKS Placement scores from other institutions. You will need to retake the ALEKS placement test when you transfer to the University of Georgia.

When do students take ALEKS Placement?

You will be deciding your schedule at Orientation, so you should preferably complete your ALEKS assessment at least two days before your Orientation session. 

What if I place into Calculus after Orientation?

Even if you do not place into calculus before your advising appointment at orientation, you can still work in the Preparation modules and retake the placement exam if need be. If you end up making the cut score into Calculus, contact your advisor and discuss changing your schedule.

How long will it take?

The ALEKS Placement Assessment takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.  After the assessment, an individualized Preparation 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 Preparation and Learning Module.  Even if you have achieved placement in MATH 2250, time spent in ALEKS will better prepare you with a firm command of the basics.

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

Yes, you may take up to 5 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.

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. You are unlikely to 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.

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.  Select the placement tab in the upper right corner of the ALEKS page to start a new Placement Assessment.

What is the cost?

The ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning Program costs $25 which you will be asked to submit on your first login.  This will give you access to 5 tries on the placement exam as well as six months of access to the Preparation and Learning Modules, allowing you to brush up on your basic Pre-Calculus skills while you study Calculus.

What you need

Your UGA Myid (e.g. xyz5000) and password.
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 may result in you 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.

For an extensive list of topics covered on the ALEKS Exam click here.

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Topics covered:

  • Real numbers (including fractions, integers, and percentages)
  • Equations and inequalities (including linear equations, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations, and quadratic equations),
  • Linear and quadratic functions (including graphs and functions, linear functions, and parabolas), exponents and polynomials (including integer exponents, polynomial arithmetic, factoring, and polynomial equations), rational expressions (including rational equations and rational functions
  • Radical expressions (including higher roots and rational exponents)
  • Exponentials and logarithms (including function compositions and inverse functions, properties of logarithms, and logarithmic equations)
  • Geometry and trigonometry (including perimeter, area, and volume, coordinate geometry, trigonometric functions, and identities and equations).

Academic Honesty
As a student of the University of Georgia you should become familiar with the Academic Honesty Policy. You may only use a pen or pencil, paper, and the resources provided within ALEKS. You should not receive assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks, or any other resource not provided by ALEKS. You should put away smart phones and smart watches.  When needed, ALEKS will provide you with an online calculator, no other calculators are allowed.   Any violation of these policies will be reported to the Office of Academic Honesty.

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