Math Placement Test
About the ALEKS Assessment
Interpreting Your Results
Mathematics Course Prerequisite Information
The Proctored ALEKS Exam
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to take the ALEKS assessment if...
After the ALEKS Assessment
Testing Center Faculty Resources
Policies for Taking Exams
- My degree program requires that I start with a particular Math course. What if I place lower than that? Does that mean I can't graduate in 4 years?
- I earned an ALEKS score of 66% or higher when I took the assessment (non-proctored). Since my major doesn't require me to take any higher-level Math courses, have I fulfilled my Math Proficiency Requirement?
You can find your score on the ALEKS assessment:
- On ALEKS:Immediately after completing the ALEKS assessment, you will be shown a pie chart which indicates your % score (Placement Result) on the ALEKS assessment. You can log back in to ALEKS to view the pie chart at a later time, and you will be able to view each of your assessment results (up to 5 total). If you achieve the score at or above the prerequisite level for an UMSL math course, you will be able to enroll in that course through MyView within three business days of completing the ALEKS assessment. Your academic advisor will also have access to the ALEKS score within two business days.
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.
To enroll in your math course:
- If you are an incoming freshman/transfer student who has not yet attended Summer Welcome: There is nothing you need to do. Your adviser will be able to view your ALEKS score and will assist you in enrolling in your courses during New Student Orientation.
- If you plan to enroll yourself in your math course: Login to MyView to complete your registration. Note that it takes one business day for your ALEKS score to be available in MyView, and another business day for the system to recognize the score as a valid prerequisite for a math course. If you have waited two business days and you are still unable to enroll, please contact the Math Office at (314)-516-5743 for assistance.
You can use the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module to review and learn, and you may take another placement assessment to improve your placement result. Please note there is a 48 hour waiting periods between ALEKS assessment tests.
The Math Department has strict prerequisite requirements for our courses, and we are unwilling to lower the minimum score for placement into a course. The good news is that spending time in the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module will most likely allow you to increase your score on your next assessment, and will also help to prepare you for your upcoming math course.
Whether or not you can graduate in 4 years depends both on your major and your particular math placement—many students do not place directly into their required math course, yet are able to graduate in 4 years. For example, your academic adviser may help you develop an alternate schedule, in which some of your electives or general education courses are reordered. You might also catch up with credits from a summer course. The most important thing is to discuss your options with your academic advisor, instead of simply delaying your math course.
Also, remember that time spent in the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module may help you to improve your course placement while also preparing you for your upcoming math course.
I earned an ALEKS score of 66% or higher when I took the assessment (non-proctored). Since my major doesn't require me to take any higher-level Math courses, have I fulfilled my Math Proficiency Requirement?
No. To earn proficiency, you must test in a proctored environment.