Frequently Asked Questions
All College of Science and Technology students who wish to take any of the courses listed below:
- Math 118 College Algebra (Various Majors)
- Math 140 Pre-Calculus
- Math 150 Essentials of Calculus (Biology and Business majors)
- Math 160 Calculus 1 (Chemistry, Math, Computer Science, or Physics majors)
- Stat 141 Introduction to Statistics (Biology, Computer Science, and other majors)
Any student who feels our assessment of their mathematical abilities is incorrect or students who want to secure a higher placement to avoid taking extra math classes.
Use of ALEKS is included in your student fees. Please take full advantage of this opportunity.
You should start utilizing ALEKS as soon as possible.
Your college schedule is partly determined by your assessment results. You should finish within four weeks of being notified of our placement procedures. For most, this means sometime in May.
Yes, you may take up to 5 placement assessments. However, to make each attempt worthwhile, it's important you spend time working in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module in between placement assessments so that you can improve your skills.
Not at this time. You can take them at home.
You must wait 72 hours between placement assessments. There's 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 you may have forgotten or to learn new material.
Yes, for 5 hours between all placement assessments.
Yes, you have 4 hours to complete an online placement assessment once it's begun. On campus, you'll be given three hours to complete the placement assessment.
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.
ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.
If the placement assessment is not proctored, you'll have to restart the assessment. If the incomplete assessment is proctored and timed, you'll be given a placement result, but it may underestimate your true ability. Currently, we're using a non-proctored math placement assessment, so you'll need to start over.
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.
Your placement result is your percentage mastery on the best assessment. Course placement is determined as follows:
Cut Score (%) |
Range (%) |
Course Placement |
---|---|---|
≤ 45% |
0-45 |
Corequisite math course in addition to the student’s Foundational Math class. For example, Math Thinking Recitation (MATH 101A) is the corequisite math course that accompanies Math Thinking (MATH 101). |
≥ 46% |
46-60 |
Regular Foundational Math courses without any corequisite requirements. Math Thinking, College Algebra, Math for the Health Sciences, Introduction to Statistics, Finite Math, Business, and Econ Math are all Foundational Math courses. The exact course you take will depend on your major. |
≥ 61% |
61-75 |
Precalculus or Essentials of Calculus |
≥ 76% |
76-100 |
Calculus 1 |
A corequisite math course is a math course a student takes in addition to their Foundational Math class. The corequisite class will meet one to two days a week and provides additional support to aid in the student’s understanding of the concepts presented in the linked Foundational Math class.
Your placement result is valid for your stay with Commonwealth University.
ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial before your placement begins.
You'll have six months of access from the time that you start using your Prep and Learning module.
Access to a Prep and Learning Module is included along with up to five placement assessments.
While working in a Prep and Learning Module, you'll periodically complete progress assessments to solidify your gains in knowledge.
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.
No, you may only use one Prep and Learning Module. If you're unsure which module to select, use the module recommended by ALEKS.
You can use a Prep and Learning Module to review and learn, and you may take another placement assessment to improve your placement result.
No, you must achieve the minimum placement result to take each corresponding class.
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. We do require you to complete two placement assessments to be scheduled into your desired course.