Students need to complete the online ALEKS math exam at least one week prior to attending New Student Orientation or meeting with an advisor to register for classes. The exam can be taken any time at any computer. Check your Admissions certificate to determine if this exam has been waived due to previous college coursework, dual credit, a passing score on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam, or if you took ALEKS at another college or university.
Tip: A score of 0 - 35 may require a pre-college math course. We strongly recommend that students take the ALEKS assessment a second time after the initial test and study with the help of the learning modules in ALEKS. Our study shows that, on average, a student improves about 15 points on their second attempt. This can save you significant time and money.
Length of the exam
Once you log on, you have 48 hours to complete the exam (so you don't have to do it all at once). Please ensure you have a space conducive to doing your best work.
Cost of the exam
$26, billed to your student account. This allows you to take the exam up to five times in a one-year time frame and also the learning modules. The first two times may be taken off-campus. Subsequent attempts must be proctored at IU South Bend. You must wait 48 hours between assessments. After the first attempt, students are required to study the learning modules a minimum of three hours before taking ALEKS a second time (if taking the test a third time, an additional three hours of studying the learning modules is required).
The purpose of the assessment is to give an accurate measure of your current mathematical skills so that you will have a better opportunity to be successful in your courses. There is no benefit to inflating or deflating your abilities on the assessment. While you are taking the assessment, do not consult with any other source for help (friends, family, internet searches, textbooks, etc.), and do your honest best. Use of outside resources may result in you being placed into a course you are not prepared for.
What you need before you begin:
- You must be admitted to IU South Bend in order to take ALEKS.
- Your IU computer account username and passphrase. If you need to set up your account, go to Account Management Service. You will be asked to enter your last name, date of birth, and university ID number. You will need to wait 24 - 48 hours after setting up your account before you can access ALEKS.
Ready to begin?
Incoming Summer/Fall 2018 students (available March 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019)
For current or previously enrolled students who have already taken the exam, email Rick Dennie at firstname.lastname@example.org for information on retaking the exam.
*The ALEKS math placement exam for incoming summer/fall 2018 students will be available beginning March 1, 2018. You will then have access to the exam through February 28, 2019 so that you can take it up to 5 times
(note: Purdue students do NOT take this exam, please call 574-520-4180 for info)
Interpreting your ALEKS Score
The first math course you take will vary, depending on your intended major. Your advisor will help you select the appropriate math course. Please note that you will see your score in ALEKS displayed as a percentage. Do not think of your score in terms of a traditional grading scale of 0-100. For example, a score of 38%, which may seem like a failing score, actually places you into a college level math course. In most cases, a score of 36 or higher is needed in order to take a college-level course. Thus, if your score is 0-35, we strongly advise working through the learning modules that ALEKS provides and taking the test again.
|Score||ALEKS Score Rang||Math Course Eligibility|
|<10||0–9||Contact the Math Department at (574) 520-4335 or email Dr. Yu Song at email@example.com for permission.|
|>=10||10–15||Enhanced Math A100|
|>=36||36–50||Math K300, Math M107, Math M118, Math T101|
|>=51||51–60||Math M115, Math M125|
|>=61||61–75||Math K310, Math M126, Math M119|
For information about lower level math course pre-requisites, click on the flow chart here.