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The ALEKS Placement process has changed due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak and social distancing/gathering restrictions. For up-to-minute information on the Kennesaw State University's response to the Coronavirus pandemic, visit https://coronavirus.kennesaw.edu/.

The Assessment is a 6 STEP process:

  1. STEP 1 Access Code: Receive an access code from your major's advisor and create a log-in. Look up your major-specific advisor here »
  2. STEP 2 Unproctored Assessment: Complete unproctored assessment online.
  3. STEP 3 Learning Module: Work on learning modules to better your placement. Learn more about the ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules »
  4. STEP 4 Unproctored Assessment: Complete a 2nd unproctored assessment and review your progress.
  5. STEP 5 Learning Module: Work on learning modules to better your placement.
  6. STEP 6 Proctored Assessment: All students must have access to a webcam to take a math placement test during the Summer 2020 semester. Contact Ken Keating to receive instructions to complete your proctored assessment online.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Neither assessment is multiple-choice. ALEKS uses an open-response format and requires you to work out solutions with a paper and pencil, and then enter them into ALEKS. Be sure to have scratch paper with you.
  • ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.
  • 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. Using outside help and/or resources is a violation of Kennesaw State University's Code of Academic Integrity and can possibly lead to improper placement.
  • Students complete a maximum of 30 questions. None of the questions are multiple-choice.
  • No. Because ALEKS is adaptive, once you submit an answer, you cannot change it. Be sure to check your answers carefully before submitting your response.
  • It is likely that you will be asked questions on material you have not yet learned. On such questions, it is appropriate to answer, "I don't know". On any question that you have familiarity with, however, it is important to do your best. "I don't know" is interpreted to mean that you do not know how to solve the topic, and this will be reflected in the results.
  • No, you are free to complete the assessment at your own pace. The system will allow you to access your Placement Assessment for 24 hours. If you need to exit for any reason, you will be able to log back in and pick up where you left off.
  • If you do not complete the assessment within 24 hours, you will have to restart.
  • 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 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.
  • Students must speak to their major-specific advisor in order to gain access to the ALEKS code and instructions for starting an account through the ALEKS webpage. Use your KSU email (...@student.kennesaw.edu) when creating the account. Once you’ve completed the unproctored assessment and worked in the learning modules, you will then come back to this website to schedule your proctored assessment.