Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

Information on Taking the ALEKS Exam

You will take the ALEKS online test at home, and you will need the following:

  • Your WIU ID number and password
  • Pencil and paper
  • A reliable internet connection
  • 2-2.5 hours of uninterrupted time in a quiet place where you can do your best.

Dates and deadlines:

  • Complete the ALEKS test, and retakes if you decide to use them, in a timely manner. The sooner you complete the ALEKS assessment test, the sooner your math placement can be set, and the sooner you can select your math course and register for it.
  • Complete the test by August 14 (Fall semester), or January 8 (Spring semester)

Best Practices:

  • Don't use a personal calculator. If one is needed to answer a question, ALEKS will provide one automatically for that question, which will also make entering the answer easier.

  • Don't use other resources such as textbooks, websites, or people (see Academic Honesty below)

Academic Honesty

Knowledge in math is built from the ground up, and new concepts require a certain background (prerequisites). The purpose of the assessment is to give an accurate measure of your current mathematical skills, so that we can place you where you will have the greatest likelihood for success.

There is no benefit in inflating your abilities on the exam to advance your placement. Taking a class that is not appropriate for your current level of mathematical knowledge will most likely be plagued by frustration, hardship, and will end in disappointment. It could delay your graduation.

Therefore, while you are taking the ALEKS assessment/placement, do not consult any other source for help (people, internet searches, textbooks, etc.), and do your honest best.

In addition, as a WIU student, you are expected to uphold the WIU Principles and Policies, which includes the Student Academic Integrity Policy.