Place, Practice, Improve, Enroll

We want you to succeed in your first mathematics or statistics course. Here are a few useful principles:

  • Students are most likely to succeed in a course when they are well prepared. 
  • Course placement will be most accurate if time is spent practicing in the ALEKS Learning Module. In addition, students practicing in the Learning Module are better prepared and have the chance to improve class placement.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to re-test. UAOnline will apply the highest test score achieved. There is nothing to lose by retaking the placement test.
  • Don't put off enrolling in a math course. Math skills deteriorate over time. Sooner is better. Also, placement scores are valid only if you start the class within 12 months of taking the exam.

Mathematics provides the foundation for many of the science, business, and professional courses you will take during your college years. Most students are required to take at least one math course to earn a degree. The Math Placement Assessment is through ALEKS. It is a fully automated, proctored, adaptive system that covers material from Basic Math through Precalculus 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. You have the opportunity to re-test up to four times.  

Once you begin the placement test you will have 3 hours to complete the test or you will have to start over.

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.

If you experience any errors logging into the ALEKS exam website, please contact the OIT Service Desk.