Learning Commons – Academic Success Center
Baron-Forness Library, Room 239
200 Tartan Road
Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: (814) 732-2218
Phone: (814) 732-1595
Edinboro University requires many incoming students to take an ALEKS Mathematics Placement Assessment to determine readiness for Edinboro University requires many incoming students to take an ALEKS Mathematics Placement Assessment to determine readiness for various mathematics courses. The ALEKS Placement Assessment will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the assessment, a targeted Preparation and Learning Module (PLM) is available for you to review and learn material, and to improve placement and eventual course outcomes. This module is of particular importance for those who wish to take the assessment and need additional time to potentially place in a different course.
The majority of students that place in their desired Math course spend several hours using the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module (PLM). Even if you have achieved placement in your desired course, time spent in ALEKS will better prepare you for your upcoming course and ultimately lead to better grades. You are STRONGLY encouraged to do the same to avoid an undesired Math class that may add time to degree completion.
First of all, RELAX. This is NOT A TEST, it’s an “assessment” of your skills. The difference is that an assessment is designed to determine what you know. At the end of the ALEKS Placement Assessment, you will have a much better sense of your strengths and weaknesses in mathematics. You will then have a chance to work on those weaknesses. There is really no penalty for incorrectly answering a question on the assessment. The most important thing is that you take the assessment seriously and give it an honest effort so that the assessment truly reflects your level of knowledge and math preparedness.
This is a free response assessment; there are no multiple choice questions. Before you take the assessment, ALEKS will present a short tutorial on how to enter answers, how to use the graphing utilities and how to use the built in calculator that will be offered when appropriate. TAKE YOUR TIME WITH THIS TUTORIAL AND BE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND HOW THESE FEATURES WORK!
Yes, please take the assessment as soon as you feel ready to do so. However, you should do so before your scheduled New Student Orientation date. If need be, you may then remediate and retake the assessment (see below for details) for up to six months after your initial login, but you are strongly encouraged to do so much sooner to avoid being closed out of the most desirable mathematics classes and incurring a $25 fee for a retest.
You will be notified by email if you are required to take the assessment. If you have any questions about your program of study and the mathematics requirement, please contact the department of your major or the Transfer and Adult Student Services Office.
Yes, you may take up to 5 placement assessments. One will be non-proctored. Attempts 2-5 must be proctored in either the EU Testing Center located in the Baron-Forness Library, room 240, or at your local library or testing center, or with your high school guidance counselor. However, to make each attempt worthwhile, it is important that you spend time working in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module (PLM) in between placement assessments so that you can improve your skills. You are required to do a minimum of 5 hours of work in your PLM before you will be eligible to proceed.
Here is a partial list of testing centers within the United States.
Proctored assessments must be arranged in advance by calling (814-732-2218) or emailing (firstname.lastname@example.org) the EU Testing Center. You may make an appointment at the EU Testing Center or arrange for an assessment at an off campus location such as: your local library, testing center, or with your high school guidance counselor. Assessments taken at an off campus location must be pre-approved by the EU testing coordinator. A proctoring form must be filled out and approved before an ALEKS access code will be issued to the proctor.
No, you must wait 72 hours between placement assessments and do a minimum of five hours of work in your PLM. There is generally no benefit to re-taking the assessment immediately after completing a prior attempt. You cannot improve your results by simply re-taking the assessment without spending time in the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module (PLM) to refresh material that you may have forgotten or to learn new material.
Yes, for a minimum of 5 hours between each placement assessment. We recommend more than 5 hours to achieve maximum results.
Placement assessments require approximately 90 minutes to complete, but the amount of time will vary by student. There will be a maximum of 30 questions. You should plan to complete the assessment in one 2-3 hour sitting.
You will have 24 hours to complete your fist assessment before the assessment is reset. Proctored assessments have a three hour time limit.
ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.
You may only use a pen or pencil, paper and the resources provided by ALEKS. You may not receive assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks or any other resource not provided by ALEKS. Using outside resources may lead to improper placement and ultimately course failure.
Your placement in certain math courses is determined by your best score on the assessment and the course requirements of your major. Please check your major requirements before enrolling in a math course.
|Course Number||Course Name||Cut Score Range|
|20||Remedial Algebra||0-29 (or 45 for STEM)|
|110||Mathematical Reasoning I||30-45|
|150||Applied Math for Business||46-100|
|208||Essentials of Calculus||61-100|
|260||Elements of Statistics||46-100|
Your placement result is valid for 12 months, but your access to the PLM is limited to six months. If you exceed this timeframe and have not reached your desired placement, you will be required to pay a $25 fee for a retest.
ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial before your placement begins.
You will have six months of access from the time that you activate your ALEKS account.
No, you must complete a new placement assessment to change your placement result. Click on the placement tab on the upper right of the page from within ALEKS. Only your placement assessment results will be used for course placement.
No, you must achieve the minimum placement result to take each corresponding class.
Congratulations! Notify your Academic Success Coordinator and they will be happy to make a change to your schedule if your desired course is available. Also, please 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.