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, sign up for ALEKS using this link (preferred) or 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 a few options for taking the final proctored ALEKS placement test:

  • (preferred option) take the proctored test online via ProctorU, preferably at least two weeks before you register for fall classes. You can  schedule a testing appointment with ProctorU .
  • (back-up option) take the proctored test in person on UNC campus, usually around 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, Jan 10 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm in Phillips 332. There will be a make-up test offered Wednesday, Jan 19 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, in Phillips 334. 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 (one card or government id such as passport or drivers license)
  2. A pencil and blank paper for doing the problems
  3. A computer or laptop (that is NOT a Chromebook), running a Windows or Apple operating system
  4. Internet access
  5. Webcam / camera on your laptop, or another way of recording video (if using online proctoring)

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.

How do I get ready for the proctored test on ProctorU?

  • Create a ProctorU account by clicking here.
  • Schedule your test here. ProctorU is available 24/7; however, you will need to schedule your proctoring session at least 72 hours in advance to avoid any on-demand scheduling fees.
  • Download the ProctorU extension available here for Chrome and here for Firefox.  You must use Chrome or Firefox as your browser for ProctorU.
  • Visit https://go.proctoru.com to test out your equipment prior to your exam.  Click on the “Test My Equipment” button located at the top of the screen.  Please make sure that you are using the current version of your browser.
  • Visit and review the test-taker resource center here.
  • Make sure you have logged into your ALEKS account, completed the tools tutorial, and completed at least one practice placement test before your test date.

What happens on test day with ProctorU?

  • On the test day, go to your ProctorU account.
    • Once the test time period has begun, you can click on “Start Session” button, download the “LogMeIn Rescue” app, and live chat with your proctor.
    • Expect the startup process with the proctor to take about 10-15 minutes.  This time will not affect your exam time.
  • Once you have completed the startup process with the proctor, you will go to your ALEKS account home screen.
    • On the left side, click on the word “Proctored” or “Unproctored”.
    • Another window will open up with a space for a password, or if not, you can click on the words “Placement Assessment Override” to get a spot for the password.
    • The proctor will type in the password and you are ready to go.
    • It is important to type in the password so that the test will register on ALEKS as a proctored test instead of an unproctored test.
  • Note that you cannot return to previous questions on the ALEKS test.
  • When you are finished, close your browser and the LogMeIn chat box.
  • More details on what to expect are in ProctorU’s how to video on the student experience.

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

if you want to go on in the Calculus sequence

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? For 2021, ALEKS is free for UNC students. The first proctored placement test with ProctorU is also free, if scheduled at least 72 hours in advance. There may be fees for last-minute “premium scheduling” or for rescheduling after a no-show. Live proctoring on UNC campus is also free.

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. 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 on UNC campus.

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 week or so 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? Please email greenl@email.unc.edu .