Preparing for the Mathematics Placement Test
This option allows for three free hours of use of the ALEKS program. For
extensive practice, see Placement Test
Tutorial. Follow the steps below to log on to the ALEKS website to
familiarize yourself with the
program and take an assessment that is similar to the Placement
To Interpret your Assessment results:
- Go to the following website: http://www.aleks.com
- Under the column titled "ALEKS for Higher Education," Click
- Click on the green box that says "Try ALEKS now".
- Check the User Agreement box, and click 'continue'.
- ALEKS will then detect the plug-in, and download it, if
Note: If you have any trouble accessing this page, try
- Enter your personal information, along with the following:
Choose your market: Higher Education: Math
Select a Course: Beginning Algebra.
- You will then be assigned a login and password - write this
Note: You will have 3 hours of access to the website, to be used within
the next 48 hours. You can log out and back in any time using your login
and password. Your 3 hours are accumulated only when you are logged
- Complete the "Answer Editor Tutorial" that shows how to type
responses (the test is not multiple choice).
- You will then be given an assessment, similar to the
containing approximately 30 questions.
Note: If you log out at any time, you will always return to the same
when you log back in.
- Upon completing the assessment, ALEKS will show your pie
scores in each area.
What to do now:
- Click on a topic from your pie, just to get out of that
- Go to 'Report' from the toolbar (this isn't available until
complete the assessment and go through the pie chart explanation).
- Scroll to the bottom, where you will see two percentages -
and 'goal.' The 'Readiness' score (the first percent) represents your arithmetic skills and readiness
for Algebra. The 'Goal' score (the 2nd percentage) is the one that
represents your Algebra skills - this would be your 'placement test'
score, if this were the actual test.
NOTE: This 'free trial' is not meant to be an all-encompassing
preparation for the placement test. It is simply a way to familiarize
yourself with the ALEKS program and to get an idea of what the test will
be like. For more extensive practice, purchase the Placement Test
Tutorial from the bookstore.
- If your 'Goal' score is 75% or above, you are ready to take
placement test. You may still want to practice on ALEKS (using the
time remaining from your 3 hours) to brush up on your skills.
- If your 'Goal' score is below 75%, you should
enroll in COL
020. It is essential that you have strong Algebra skills to be
successful in any MTH-level course at Baldwin-Wallace. (If your
is between 60% and 75%, consider purchasing the Placement Test Tutorial
and practice more on your own before taking the actual Placement
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