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 initial placement only. Students may use this opportunity to challenge their initial placement (via a pre-requisite class or standardized test scores).

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.

During their time at WVU, students have a maximum of one practice ALEKS, and four proctored ALEKS attempts.

  1. Upon admission to West Virginia University, every student has one practice ALEKS assessment and two proctored attempts. Completion of the first assessment opens learning modules tailored to each student. Students may work in the ALEKS learning modules to enhance their math skills before they retest.
  2. Bootcamp is available to students who have exhausted their two proctored ALEKS attempts and do not yet qualify for any math class via ALEKS or ACT/SAT or pre-requisite math course. In Bootcamp, students work through their ALEKS learning modules in an intensive, instructor-led compressed time frame. After completion of Bootcamp, students will have access to two more final proctored attempts.
  3. Students are required to complete a minimum of 8 hours of work in the ALEKS modules between attempts.
  4. ALEKS scores expire in one year. Students who place via ALEKS into a math class must complete the course within a year.

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.