Is there a fee for using ALEKS?



Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

Yes, you may take up to 5 placement assessments. However, to make each attempt worthwhile, it is important that you spend time working in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module in between placement assessments so that you can improve your skills.


Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment immediately?

You must wait 48 hours between placement assessments. 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, after completing the assessment, you must spend a minimum of 5 hours in your Prep and Learning Module before repeating the assessment.


Are placement assessments timed?

Yes, you have 24 hours to complete a placement assessment once it has begun.


How long will a placement assessment take to complete?

Placement assessments require approximately 90 minutes to complete, but the amount of time will vary by student. There will be a maximum of 30 questions.


What happens if I do not complete the placement assessment in the allotted 24 hours?

You will have to restart the assessment.


May I use a calculator while using ALEKS?

ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.


May I use any other resources during a placement assessment?

You may only use a pen or pencil, paper, and the resources provided by ALEKS. You may not receive assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks, or any other resource not provided by ALEKS. Using outside resources may lead to improper placement and ultimately course failure.


Can I practice using ALEKS before I begin placement?

ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial before your placement begins.



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

You will have six months of access from the time that you start using your Prep and Learning module.


Is there a fee for my Prep and Learning Module?



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.


Does progress in an ALEKS Prep and Learning Module count toward placement?

No, you must complete a new placement assessment to change your placement result. Click on the placement tab on the upper right of the page from within ALEKS. Only your placement assessment results will be used for course placement.


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

You can use a Prep and Learning Module to review and learn, and you may take another placement assessment to improve your placement result. You may take the placement assessment up to five times. If you still to not achieve the required placement score for the course you want, you will have to take the prerequisite class at Pitt and earn a minimum grade of C- in that class.


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

No. To take any of the entry level courses listed above, you must either earn achieve the required minimum placement score, or take the prerequisite course at Pitt.


Can I satisfy a prerequisite for an entry level mathematics course with transfer credit?

YES, but you should take the placement test and use the tutorials to refresh your skills as the best way to prepare for your required math 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 get a better grade in your class.


Where can I get help with ALEKS?



Can I use ALEKS with Linux?

Yes, but you will have to install the required plugin manually. Follow these instructions.




How do I get my ALEKS placement score?

After you complete the assessment, you will be presented with a pie chart showing your areas of strength and weakness. Your overall assessment score appears at the top of the page. If you have taken the assessment more than once, scores on previous assessments are shown below the pie chart. In this case, your highest assessment score is used for placement purposes.

If you forget your assessment score, you can log in ALEKS again to review your scores.