ALEKS is an online, adaptive placement assessment; it is not a test. Taking ALEKS will give you and the University a comprehensive picture of your strengths and weaknesses across many areas of mathematics. It consists of three parts:
- an initial placement assessment
- a customized prep and learning module
- up to two additional placement assessments
Initial placement assessment
The purpose of the initial placement assessment is to gauge what skills you have mastered, and what skills you might need to brush up on. It is not necessary to study for the initial placement assessment. Do your best on the initial placement assessment, but do not cheat. Cheating may result in you being placed into a course that you are not prepared to pass. Also, cheating is a violation of the University’s academic standards policy.
After you complete the initial placement assessment, you will receive a score and placement into a math course.
Your score and placement results will be added automatically to MyNEVADA, which are accessible by your academic advisor. Please allow up to 24 hours for your results to appear.
Prep and learning module
After completing the initial placement assessment, ALEKS will provide you with a customized learning module to practice old or forgotten skills. If you decide you want to retake ALEKS, work in the learning module to brush up on your skills. Then make an appointment to retake ALEKS in person, or follow the steps to retake it remotely.
Additional placement assessments
You can retake ALEKS up to two additional times, for a total of three attempts. After each attempt, you will need to work in the learning module for a certain number of hours before you can take ALEKS again. Your ALEKS account remains active for one year, and you have access to the learning module for six months.
The placement process is complete when you
- achieve your desired placement result, or
- have taken the placement assessment three times.