About ALEKS

ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) is the premier adaptive learning and assessment platform used by millions of students around the world. ALEKS PPL uses adaptive, open-response questioning to rapidly and accurately assess each student on a wide range of course material in 30 questions or less. Students are correctly placed and given the opportunity to improve their placement with targeted learning with up to 6-months of access to the Prep and Learning Module. A seamless transition from assessment to learning empowers students and builds learning momentum.

Essentially, your ALEKS final assessment score will indicate the math course you are eligible to take. Be sure to read all directions completely.

What is the Assessment?

The assessment covers material from basic math through precalculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. 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 initial assessment, you will have a much better sense of your strengths and weaknesses in math.

Be honest. It is important to take the placement assessment seriously and to give it an honest effort so it truely reflects your current level of mathematical knowledge and preparedness. There is no benefit to cheating on the placement assessment – the only result will be that you enroll in a class that is too difficult, or not challenging enough.

Therefore, you should not consult any outside sources for help (friends/family, internet searches, textbooks, notes etc...). There is really no penalty for incorrectly answering a question on the assessment. 

How does this work?

ALEKS placement Assessment process graphed into four visual steps

STEP 1: Access Code

Where do I get an access code?

Students will receive an access code and instructions for creating an ALEKS account from their major-specific advisor. Look up your major-specific advisor here »

Then, create an account using your KSU email account (...@students.kennesaw.edu).

STEP 2: Unproctored Assessment

Once you've set up an account, complete the unproctored assessment online.

STEP 3: Learning Modules

Learn more about the ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules »

STEP 4: Proctored Assessment

Register for a proctored assessment »


 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    • All incoming first-year students are encouraged to complete the ALEKS placement assessment, if they would like to start in a higher level math course (up to MATH 1190 Calculus I).
    • All incoming transfer students with no prior college-level coursework in math are encouraged to take the ALEKS assessment.

    If the score on the assessment indicates a lack of preparedness for the desired course, the student may take another ALEKS assessment. However, it is highly recommended that students use the free Prep and Learning Module to build their math knowledge before taking the proctored assessment.

  • Entering freshmen should try to complete the proctored ALEKS assessment at least two days before attending new student orientation, to allow their advisors to plan for their courses. But, if you are unable to complete your unproctored assessment, learning modules, and proctored attempt in a timely manner before your orientation, please still attend your orientation session as scheduled. You will be able to continue in ALEKS after your orientation day.

    Continuing students who need to enroll in a math course must complete the ALEKS assessment prior to being advised.

  • An ALEKS account costs $25, but includes your unproctored assessment, learning modules, and a proctored attempt.
  • The initial unproctored assessment is taken online. The proctored assessment is taken at Kennesaw State University's Kennesaw Campus in the Math & Statistics building, Room 012.

    • MATH 1111 College Algebra: Anyone can start here, but you might be able to start higher!
    • MATH 1112 College Trigonometry: You can start here if you have a SAT MATH score of 570 or above (ACT MATH 23 or above) AND a high school GPA of 2.8 or above
    • MATH 1113 Precalculus: You can start here if you have a SAT MATH score of 590 or above (ACT MATH 25 or above) AND a high school GPA of 3.0 or above
    • MATH 1160 Elementary Applied Calculus: You can start here if you have a SAT MATH score of 620 or above (ACT MATH 26 or above) AND a high school GPA of 3.2 or above
    • MATH 1190 Calculus I: You can start here if you have a SAT MATH score of 620 or above (ACT MATH 26 or above) AND a high school GPA of 3.2 or above

    Please ensure that you register for the appropriate math class for your major. This is not the only way that you can get into a specific Math course. You might have a college credit from dual enrollment or AP scores. Please consult your major’s advisor on enrolling in the next appropriate math course for your major, if you already have a math credit.

  • No, you are free to complete the Placement Assessment at your own pace. The system will allow you to access your Placement Assessment for 24 hours. If you need to exit the Placement Assessment for any reason, you will be able to log back in and pick up where you left off.
  • ALEKS PPL is an online, adaptive system that covers a broad spectrum of mathematics topics. You will see some, but not all, of the math you have learned in high school. It is a Placement Assessment, not a preview of math courses at Kennesaw State University (KSU). It is designed to identify if you are prepared for a particular course.

    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).
  • Be sure you are ready to take your assessment prior to logging on. Set aside at least a 90-minute block of time in which to complete the assessment. The length of the assessment varies by student, but there will be a maximum of 30 questions.

  • If you do not complete the placement assessment within 24 hours, you will have to restart.
  • Students complete a maximum of 30 questions. None of the questions are multiple-choice.
  • ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial to make sure you are comfortable with the math palette tools before your Placement Assessment begins. The tutorial shows you how to enter different types of answers, how to use the ALEKS calculator, and how to graph. If you aren't sure how to input an answer, or need help while you are taking the ALEKS Placement Assessment, select the Help button below the answer pallet tools. Going to the tutorial during your Placement Assessment will NOT impact your results.
  • No. Once you submit an answer, you cannot change it.
  • Your placement result is valid for 6 months. Math is a discipline that requires practice. After 6 months, students who have not taken a college-level math course need to retake the ALEKS assessment so that they can be sure to take the math course that is best for their skills and knowledge. 
  • ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.
  • No. You may only use a pen/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.
  • Your placement result (overall score) is a number between 0 and 100. It represents the percentage of topics ALEKS has identified you have mastered.

    ALEKS chooses each question on the basis of a student's answers to all the previous questions. Each student, and therefore each set of assessment questions, is unique. It is impossible to predict the questions that will be asked. By the time a student has completed the assessment, ALEKS has developed a precise picture of his or her knowledge of the course, and has identified which topics in the course the student has and has not mastered.

    An overview of how ALEKS works is available online at: http://www.aleks.com/about_aleks/overview

  • You will receive your score immediately upon completion of your Placement Assessment. Your ALEKS score can be viewed by re-entering ALEKS using the same access link for which you took the Placement Assessment.
  • No, your ALEKS score will not appear on your academic transcript.
  • The highest ALEKS score will be used for math placement.
  • After 48 hours, you can take another ALEKS assessment. However, it is recommended that you use the Prep and Learning Module to review and learn, and then take another placement assessment to improve your placement result.
  • No. You must achieve the minimum placement result to take each corresponding class.
  • Students receive two assessments after the initial one. The second assessment may be started 48 hours after the first assessment. However, we encourage students to spend several hours in the Prep and Learning Module before taking another assessment. Most students do not improve their score until they utilize the Prep and Learning Module to work on their math skills.
  • Congratulations! Continue to use your Prep and Learning Module to improve your chances for success. Take advantage of the targeted review and learning features in ALEKS to get a better grade in your class.
  • If you have computer problems, you should be able to log back into the ALEKS assessment and resume testing. When you log on again, ALEKS will bring you to the point at which you left off.

  • No. There are no required plug-ins or applets required with your use of ALEKS PPL. As long as you have access to the internet and are using an updated browser, you should not experience difficulties in taking your Placement Assessment. For a list of preferred browsers, please review the ALEKS system requirements on their support site: http://www.aleks.com/support/system_requirements
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