Taking the Assessment
What is the format of the ALEKS Assessment?
ALEKS stands for Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces and it is a Web-based assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in preparation for a course (or a Prep and Learning module). The questions on the assessment are not multiple-choice but instead require interactive problem solving. Throughout the assessment, students have the option to select “I Don’t Know” if they encounter a problem that they are unable to solve.
Are ALEKS Placement Assessments proctored?
Yes. You must complete assessments during a proctored session at HNU or at a designated proctoring location.
Can I practice using ALEKS before I begin placement?
The assessment begins with a brief tutorial to familiarize you with using ALEKS. If you would like to sign up for a free trial of ALEKS, you may do so here. Please note that any results obtained during a free trail do not count toward your official assessment.
How long does the assessment take?
Generally, assessments require about 90 minutes to complete, but the amount of time will vary by student. You will be asked a maximum of 30 questions and will have up to three hours to complete a placement assessment once it has begun.
May I use a calculator while using ALEKS?
You may not use your own calculator during the assessment but ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if it is needed to complete a particular problem.
May I use any other resources during a placement assessment?
You will be provided pencil and paper to work through problems before submitting answers online.