Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

Improving Mathematics Placement Using Placement Test Overview

Overview of the ALEKS Placement Test

The ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is an optional placement test which can be taken before the student begins their WIU coursework.  By scoring high enough, students will be placed in math courses higher than the beginning level courses.

5 Good Reasons to Take the ALEKS Placement Test

The ALEKS Placement Test is optional, but here are five good reasons why it is a good idea to take it:

  1. Low Cost - Compared to the ACT, SAT, and other tests, the cost is low.  Cost is $15.
  2. Save Time - By taking it you can skip one or more math courses. This allows you to move more quickly to math courses for your major or for general education.
  3. Save Money - If you can skip one or more math courses, then you do not have to pay the tuition.
  4. Opportunity to Learn - ALEKS is for Placement, Preparation, and Learning. It is more than just a placement test. It measures students' math readiness and repairs learning loss.  Learning modules (tailored to the student’s needs, at no additional cost) are provided to help students learn and improve.
  5. Retake Tests - The ALEKS Placement Test can be taken a total of four times (at no additional cost). After doing the learning modules, students can retake the test up to 3 times.

What is ALEKS?

ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. The ALEKS test is an optional assessment to be completed BEFORE beginning your course of study. ALEKS PPL (Placement, Preparation and Learning) consists of three parts:

  • Part 1: Taking the initial assessment/placement exam
  • Part 2: Taking up to three re-takes (if necessary)
  • Part 3: Ongoing support with six months of personalized learning and remediation to help students succeed

Interested students should review the additional information about the ALEKS test by following the links under Improving Placement: Placement Test.

Plan for Success

Students should:

  • become familiar with the exam format and description
  • understand that the test typically takes two hours to complete for most users
  • expect a charge of $15 before they request approval to take the exam
  • after reading and becoming familiar with the information about the ALEKS Placement Test, go to the ALEKS Fee page to request approval.