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          ALEKS



          Mathematics Placement Information

          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 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. 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 you 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.

          What to expect:

          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.  

          Are there any important deadlines?

          Yes, please take the assessment as soon as possible; you should do so before your scheduled New Student Orientation date if at all possible. You may then remediate and retake the assessment (see below for details) until August 11, 2017, but you are strongly encouraged to do so much sooner to avoid being closed out of the most desirable mathematics classes.

          I'm a transfer student, do I need to take the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

          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.

          Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

          Yes, you may take up to 5 placement assessments. Four will be unproctored and the fifth attempt must be proctored in the Academic Success Testing Center located in the Baron-Forness Library, room 240. However, to make each attempt worthwhile, it is important that you spend time working in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module in between placement assessments so that you can improve your skills.

          Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment immediately?

          You must wait 48 hours between placement assessments. 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 to refresh material that you may have forgotten or to learn new material.

          Must I work in my ALEKS Prep and Learning Module between placement assessments?

          Yes, for 5 hours between each placement assessment.

          How long will a placement assessment take to complete? 

          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.

          Are placement assessments timed?

          You will have 24 hours to complete before the assessment is reset.

          May I use a calculator while using ALEKS?

          ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.

          May I use any other resources during a placement assessment?

          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.

          What is my placement result?

          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 NumberCourse NameCut Score Range
          20 Remedial Algebra 0
          104 Finite Mathematics 30
          105 College Algebra 46
          107 PreCalculus 61
          110 Mathematical Reasoning I 30
          150 Applied Math for Business 46
          208 Essentials of Calculus 61
          211 Calculus I 76
          260 Elements of Statistics 46

          What math course do I need?

          Course Descriptions

          How long is my placement result valid?

          Your placement result is valid for 12 months.

          Can I practice using ALEKS before I begin placement?

          ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial before your placement begins.

          How long do I have access to my Prep and Learning Module?

          You will have six months of access from the time that you start using your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module.     

          Are there any fees for ALEKS Placement Assessment and my Prep and Learning Module?

          There are no fee for incoming freshmen and transfer students. Other students needing to use the ALEKS Program will be charged a $25 fee, which will be placed on the student's university account.

          What are ALEKS Progress Assessments?

          While working in a Prep and Learning Module, you will periodically complete progress assessments to solidify your gains in knowledge.

          Does progress in an ALEKS Prep and Learning Module count toward placement?

          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.

          What if I do not place into the course I wanted?

          You can use a Prep and Learning Module to review and learn, and you may take another placement assessment to improve your placement result.  If you qualify for a higher-level class after you already have a schedule, simply email the Academic Success Center (as soon as possible).

          I did not place into the class I wanted. Can I take it anyway?

          No, you must achieve the minimum placement result to take each corresponding class.

          What if I placed into the class I wanted?

          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.   

          Questions about mathematics classes and prerequisites can be referred to Dr. Anne Quinn, quinna@edinboro.edu, Dr. Marc Sylvester, msylvester@edinboro.edu, or Mrs. Deb Acker, acker@edinboro.edu.

          Where can I get technical help with ALEKS?

          Visit the ALEKS FAQs page or support page.

          How do I begin using ALEKS?

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