ALEKS Placement Test

At UNC, the ALEKS Placement Test is intended for students who know Algebra and / or Trigonometry but do not already have ACT scores or other scores accepted for math placement at UNC.  ALEKS consists of three parts:

  • An initial unproctored placement test (you can think of this as a practice test, but please take it seriously and give it your best, honest effort)
  • The Prep and Learning Module, an individualized, self-paced online review, and 2 additional practice placement tests
  • A final proctored placement test, which is the only test that actually determines your course placement

How and when can I get started on ALEKS? You can get started anytime up to 6 months before the final proctored placement test. To start, go to www.aleks.com, and sign up using the code HJV3F-RM3DN.  Once you take the initial unproctored placement test, you will have a chance to practice in the Prep and Learning Module to improve your preparation level before you take the final proctored placement test.  You are encouraged to spend time in the Prep and Learning Module, even if your desired score is achieved, because time spent in ALEKS will ultimately lead to better preparation and improved grades.

Where and when do I take the final proctored ALEKS placement test?

You have two options for taking the final proctored ALEKS placement test:

  • (preferred option) take the proctored test online via ProctorU, anytime after May 1, 2021, and preferably at least two weeks before you register for fall classes (i.e. before June 15 for incoming first year students). You can  schedule a testing appointment with ProctorU . Scheduling should be open starting ~April 15. This option is preferred because it ensures that you have placement test scores available in time for registration.
  • (back-up option) take the proctored test in person on UNC campus, the last business day before the first day of classes in Fall and Spring semesters. The next date that it will be offered is Monday, Aug 16 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon (location on campus TBD, will be posted here in early August). To reserve a spot for in-person testing, please sign up on this google form.

What materials do I need to for the final proctored ALEKS placement test?

  1. A photo id
  2. A pencil and paper for doing the problems
  3. A computer or laptop that is NOT a Chromebook
  4. Internet access
  5. Webcam / camera on your laptop, or another way of recording video (if using online proctoring)
  6. (possibly) the Lockdown Browser (https://www.aleks.com/support/lockdown_system_requirements)

You do not need a calculator. For some problems, an online calculator will appear within ALEKS for you to use, and this is the only calculator that you will be allowed to use.

What UNC classes does the ALEKS Placement Test give placement credit for?  Depending on your score, the ALEKS Placement Test can give you placement credit for Math 110P (Algebra) and / or Math 129P, which is the placement version of Math 130 (Precalculus).

Cut Score Range Placement Credit Awarded Register for this Course Next
0 0 – 45 None Math 110 (Algebra), but please use ALEKS to review before class begins
46 46 – 60 None Math 110 (Algebra)
61 61 – 75 Math 110P (Algebra) Math 130 (Precalculus) or Math 152 (Business Calculus)
76 76 – 100 Math 110P (Algebra) and Math 129P (Precalculus) Math 231 (Calculus)

What topics are covered during the ALEKS PPL Assessment?

  • Real numbers (including fractions, integers, and percentages)
  • Equations and inequalities (including linear equations, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations, and quadratic equations),
  • Linear and quadratic functions (including graphs and functions, linear functions, and parabolas), exponents and polynomials (including integer exponents, polynomial arithmetic, factoring, and polynomial equations), rational expressions (including rational equations and rational functions
  • Radical expressions (including higher roots and rational exponents)
  • Exponentials and logarithms (including function compositions and inverse functions, properties of logarithms, and logarithmic equations)
  • Geometry and trigonometry (including perimeter, area, and volume, coordinate geometry, trigonometric functions, and identities and equations).

Is there a cost for the ALEKS Placement Test? Currently, as of March 30, 2021, the ALEKS placement test costs about $25. You can pay online when you register. Online proctoring via ProctorU costs $12. However, we hope to secure funding to cover the cost of ALEKS and one proctored test sitting for all UNC students who need it. Details about this will be posted in early April.

Does the ALEKS Placement Test give the same course credit as taking Math 110 or Math 130?  No, students do not earn any course credits or units towards graduation by passing the ALEKS Placement Test. They only receive placement credit, which gives permission to take classes that require Math 110 or Math 130 as prerequisites.

Who should take the ALEKS Placement Test?
The ALEKS Placement Test is intended for students who need math placement credit (e.g. to take classes in the Calculus Sequence, or Chem 101, or Stor 155, etc. that have math prerequisites. The ALEKS placement test is intended primarily for students who do not have placement by other means. Students who already have placement scores (e.g. from the ACT or SAT Math Subject Test) or have already taken Math 110 or Math 130 are not expected to take the ALEKS placement test, but they are permitted to do so if they wish to use ALEKS’ Prep and Learning Modules to review and improve their mastery of Algebra and Precalculus and attempt to place higher in the Precalculus / Calculus sequence.

Can I take the ALEKS Placement Test more than once?

You can take the unofficial, practice placement tests in ALEKS up to 3 times. You can take the final proctored placement test up to 2 times, but you must wait at least a week between tests. This cooling off period gives you time to review and study. We hope to have funding so that the first proctored placement test is free for students, but if you take a second proctored test, you will need to pay for it yourself ($12 with ProctorU) or take it in person.

When will I find out the results? You will receive your score immediately upon completion of your proctored placement test. Your ALEKS score can be viewed by re-entering ALEKS later.

If I pass the ALEKS Placement Test, how do I register for Math 130 (or Math 152 or Math 231 or classes in other departments that require Math 110 as prereqs) ? If you are successful, your record should be automatically updated on Connect Carolina to include placement credit for Math 110P (and / or Math 129P).   However, it takes a few weeks to update, so if you need to register for classes for the current semester and can’t wait, then the Undergraduate Student Services Manager for the Math Department can register you manually, space permitting. She can also facilitate registration for classes in other departments that require Math 110 or Math 130 as prerequisites, space permitting.

Can I get accommodations for the ALEKS Placement Test? If you require accommodations for the placement exams, please work with Accessibility Resources & Services <accessibility@unc.edu> to register for accommodations. Next, please contact Linda Green at greenl@email.unc.edu to get a different ALEKS code that allows extended time.

Is there any other way to get placement credit for Math 110 or Math 130? Please see Math Department website for information on  placement using ACT scores, SAT Math Subject Test scores, or IB scores.

Where can I get help with ALEKS?

http://www.aleks.com/faqs/technical

http://support.aleks.com/assess_placement

What if I want to place out of Calculus?  Please see Math Department website for information on  placing out of Calculus using AP scores or IB scores. There are also Calculus Placement Tests for students who don’t have those scores.

What if I have additional questions? You should get an email with additional information about a week before the test, or if you register less than a week in advance, soon after you register. Please email greenl@email.unc.edu if you don’t receive this info email, or if you have additional questions.