You do not have to prepare before taking your first ALEKS assessment, but you should take the test seriously as it will determine your placement in IU Columbus math courses.
To prepare for your second assessment, you must complete at least one three-hour ALEKS learning module.
For ALEKS to be effective, you must do the exam on your own, without notes, books, or help from others.
After your the initial assessment, you will see a detailed pie chart of your topic mastery called "MyPie." Choose "More Detailed Report" to see your percentage score.
- If you're satisfied with your placement: Meeting the cut-off score for your courses is a great starting point, but it does not guarantee your academic success. You are more likely to succeed if you are fully proficient in the skills corresponding to your "MyPie" wedges. Using the learning modules will make you more likely to succeed, saving you time, money, and ensuring long-term academic success.
- If you're not satisfied with your placement: Use the online learning modules to review the skills corresponding to your "MyPie" wedges. The modules are a great way to refresh and practice skills related to math topics you've previously studied but need to brush up on. If most of the topics seem like new material, however, register for the course you placed into to learn those topics in the classroom.
Check the chart below to see which course[s] your advisor may place you in based on your ALEKS results.
|Score (%)||Score Range (%) ||Course Placement|
|< 24||0-24||Too low for IU Columbus mathematics course. You are strongly encouraged to practice in the ALEKS modules and reassess. You can also register for Summer Success, a free program designed to help you improve your ALEKS score. You also have the option to register for MATH 100. Discuss your options with your academic advisor.|
|≥ 25||25-49||MATH 11000 (MATH 11000 may be used as a prerequisite for MATH 11100)|
|≥ 35||35-49||MATH 11100|
|≥ 50||50-64||MATH 15300/M118/M119/13000/13600, STAT 30100 or MATH 11000/11100|
|≥ 65||65-79||MATH 15300/15400/15900/M118/M119/13000/136000, STAT 30100 or MATH 11000/11100|
|≥ 80||80-100||MATH 16500/22100/17100/M118/M119/1300/13600, STAT 30100 or MATH 11000/11100/15300/15400/15900|
ALEKS scores are valid for one year. After a year, you will need to take another assessment to see where your math skills may have waned. If you've lost some of your previous math knowledge, that's okay! Scroll down to learn how ALEKS learning modules can help you repair forgotten math skills.