ALEKS - Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces is an online, web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system.

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What is the Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS)?

ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course. ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn. As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS courses are very complete in their topic coverage and ALEKS avoids multiple-choice questions. A student who shows a high level of mastery of an ALEKS course will be successful in the actual course she is taking.

  • What is PPL?

    ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (or ALEKS PPL) is a comprehensive approach to accurately assess and prepare students for success in math courses. The program maps each student’s unique knowledge state, then prepares each student for math in a course-specific Prep and Learning Module. As students increase their mastery level in the selected ALEKS Prep and Learning Module, they gain confidence and will be better positioned to enroll in and ultimately succeed in a higher-level course.

  • How much does ALEKS cost?

    There is a small cost to sign up for ALEKS ($20).  A $20 is a small investment to improve your chances of succeeding in your first MATH class.

  • Who has to take the ALEKS MATH Placement?

    All incoming freshman should take the ALEKS Math Placement to determine the correct MATH course for them to take in their first semester at the University.

  • Is the ALEKS MATH Placement test mandatory?

    No, but it is in your best interest to take and improve your chances of succeeding in your first MATH class.  ALEKS contains the necessary review material you need to see before you take your math course.  It gets you ready for UWG and shows that you you want to succeed.  It will help you maintain a good GPA for your scholarship in the long run.

  • How to take the ALEKS MATH Placement?

    a) Have a piece of paper and a pencil. NO CALCULATORS are allowed. If needs be ALEKS will provide you with one.  

    b) Using other resources (books, friends, etc.) in a violation of the Honor Code

    c) Login into your MyUWG account, then access ALEKS through the link

    d) Follow these steps to access ALEKS

  • How long is the ALEKS Initial Assessment?

    When your first log onto ALEKS, you will be given a short tutorial about how to use the system.  Pay careful attention to this tutorial.  Then ALEKS will begin its initial Assessment.  The Initial Assessment will be up to 30 questions covering a range of mathematical topics.  You should have 2 hours free to devote to the initial assessment.

  • What is ALEKS Score?

    Your ALEKS score is the percentage of the 314 mathematical topics that you have mastered.  It is not a reflection of how many questions you answered correctly!  The more topics you have mastered, the more math and science courses you are ready for. If your score seems low given your mathematical background, that may be because you haven’t had a recent opportunity to review or practice some of the elementary skills that are important in quantitative courses yet don’t often come up in Precalculus and Calculus courses.

  • What does my ALEKS score mean?

    Course Number

    Course Name

    ALEKS Cut Score Range

    MATH-1001

    Quantitative Skills and Reasoning

    30-45

    MATH-1111

    College Algebra

    46-60

    MATH-1113

    Precalculus

    61-75

    MATH-1413

    Survey of Calculus

    61-75

    MATH-1634

    Calculus I

    76-100

    MATH-2063

    Introductory Statistics

    46-60

    For example, in order to have a chance to successfully complete MATH 1113 (Precalculus), the MATH Department recommends that a student have an ALEKS Assessment score  above 60.  If your score is below 60, then you can retake the test after 1-2 weeks, during which use ALEKS to improve your knowledge,  If after the 4th test retake and your score is still below 60, then you should take College Algebra.  If your score is less than 60, the MATH Department recommends that you take MATH 1111 (College Algebra) or MATH 1001 (Quantitative Skills and Reasoning) as your first MATH class.   No matter which class you take, your chances of completing the course successfully increases as your ALEKS score increases.

  • How can I improve my score?

    After taking your initial assessment on ALEKS, you can improve your score by using the Learning Modules available on ALEKS at your own pace.  These Learning Modules will guide you through topics that you are ready to learn based on your initial assessment.   Improving your ALEKS score should increase your chances of completing your freshman MATH course successfully.

    Academic Honesty

    The purpose of the ALEKS Math Placement is to assess your readiness for your first MATH class and to help you be successful in that class.  Your chances of being successful in a MATH class that you are not prepared for are slim.  Therefore, you should not consult other people or resources while taking the ALEKS Math Assessment as this will only serve to place you into a class that you are not prepared to take based on your current knowledge.

  • More information?

    Contact the Director of Freshmen Math, Dr Scott Sykes


    Support for ALEKS
    Sunday, 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM
    Monday - Thursday, 7:00 AM to 1:00 AM
    Friday, 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
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