What do I do after taking an Initial ALEKS Placement or Re-taking it?

After completing the initial ALEKS placement assessment, you will see what course you placed into. Aleks will make a suggestion for which Prep and Learning Module to use to prepare for your further placement assessments. You do have the option of selecting a higher or lower Learning Module, but if you were honest in taking the initial assessment, going with the ALEKS suggested Learning Module is a good idea. Now you are ready to start your required 5 hours of minimum work required before seeing an advisor to increase the chances that you will move up a course. This can save you significant time and money.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

Yes, you may take up to 4 additional placement assessments. However, to make each attempt worthwhile, it is required that you spend at least 5 hours working in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module in between placement assessments to improve your skills.

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment immediately?

You must wait 48 hours between placement assessments and have done a minimum of 5 hours of work in the Prep and Learning Module. There is generally no benefit to re-taking the assessment immediately after completing a prior attempt. Unlike the SAT or ACT, you cannot improve your results by simply re-taking the assessment without spending time in the Prep and Learning Module to refresh material that you may have forgotten or to learn new material.

Must I work in my ALEKS Prep and Learning Module between placement assessments?

Yes, for a minimum of 5 hours between each subsequent placement assessment.

How long do I have access to my Prep and Learning Module?

You will have six months of access from the time that you take the initial placement assessment. However, once you select and begin working in the learning module, you will have a six week window to do continue learning and to retake the placement assessment up to a limit of 5 times.

Is there an additional fee for my Prep and Learning Module?

Access to a Prep and Learning Module is included along with up to 5 placement assessments.

What are ALEKS Progress Assessments?

While working in a Prep and Learning Module, you will periodically complete progress assessments to solidify your gains in knowledge. These are similar to the actual placement assessments, but do not count for placement or against the five total placement assessments allowed.

Can I change to a different Prep and Learning Module later?

No, you may only use one Prep and Learning Module. If you are unsure which module to select, use the module recommended by ALEKS or consult with your campus math placement person. (If you used up the six-week window in the prep and learning module, and there is enough time remaining before classes start, you could pay another $25 and start the process over with a choice of Prep and Learning Module.)

What if I do not place into the course I wanted?

The only way to move up your placement is by using the ALEKS placement and Prep and Learning Module to review and learn, and then completing another ALEKS placement assessment to improve your placement result. Otherwise the initial UWMPT result will decide your mathematics course placement.

If I did not place into the class I wanted. Can I take it anyway?

No, you must achieve the minimum placement result to take each corresponding class.

What if I placed into the class I wanted?

Congratulations! Continue to use your Prep and Learning Module to improve your chances for success. The placement result above is the minimum preparation required for your course! Take advantage of the targeted review and learning features in ALEKS to be even better prepared for your class.