What is ALEKS?

What is ALEKS?

ALEKS is a powerful artificial-intelligence based assessment tool that uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn’t know to assist in course placement. The assessment is approximately 35 questions in length. Calculators are provided on-screen within ALEKS, so students are not allowed access to any additional calculators, websites, or other unapproved aids when completing the assessment.

ALEKS reports its findings to the student, provides opportunity for improving knowledge and skills, and identifies an appropriate level for course placement.

Since math and chemistry courses are demanding, it is important for students to begin in the course most likely to lead to success. ALEKS is used at WVU for that purpose. After completing the initial assessment students who wish to improve their skills may do so by using ALEKS learning modules and then retest.

If you are placed into a course that is too easy, you waste time by taking a series of pre-requisite courses you don’t need. If you are placed into a course that is too hard, you are more likely to fail the course and need to repeat it, thereby delaying progress toward your degree.

How much does ALEKS cost?

The cost of ALEKS is covered for incoming first time freshmen prior to their first semester at WVU. Currently enrolled students may Take ALEKS at cost.