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ALEKS is a research-based, online learning program that offers course products for Math, Chemistry, Statistics, and more. Rooted in 20 years of research and analytics, ALEKS is a proven, online learning platform that helps educators and parents understand each student's knowledge and learning progress in depth, and provides the individual support required for every student to achieve mastery.
ALEKS helps students master course topics through a continuous cycle of mastery, knowledge retention, and positive feedback. Each student begins a new course with a unique set of knowledge and prerequisite gaps to fill. By determining the student's baseline of knowledge, ALEKS creates an individual and dynamic path to success where students learn and then master topics. ALEKS has helped over 25,000,000 students and counting. (Source: www.aleks.com)
It is likely that you will be asked questions on material you have not yet learned. On such questions, it is appropriate to answer, I don't know. On any question that you have familiarity with, however, it is important to do your best. “I don't know” is interpreted by ALEKS to mean that you do not know how to solve the topic, and this will be reflected in the Placement Assessment results. There is no penalty for incorrectly answering a question on the Placement Assessment, it only helps ALEKS understand what you know and don’t know.
The length of the assessment runs from 20 to 35 questions. It is likely that you will be asked questions on material you have not yet learned. On such questions it is appropriate to answer, “I don’t know.” On any question that you have familiarity with, however, it is important to do your best. “I don’t know” is interpreted by ALEKS to mean that you do not know the topic, and this will be reflected in the assessment results. If you do not do your best on the assessment, ALEKS will underestimate your abilities and this will affect your placement recommendation. (Source: math.iastate.edu)
Students will pay UT Dallas directly for access to the ALEKS Assessment. The $40 fee will be payable through Marketplace prior to accessing the assessment. Students will receive an email receipt with their link to ALEKS at the address entered at time of payment. Please note that the five assessments (including the initial assessment) and the self-paced tutorial are included in the $40 fee. For questions or problems with the receipt email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proctored testing with the ALEKS Assessment will result in the only valid scores for math placement. Each student may take the ALEKS Assessment Exam up to five times including the initial un-proctored attempt. Students must wait at least 72 hours before being able to take the exam again. After the first attempt, a student may complete some of the self-paced ALEKS tutorials. Students are highly encouraged to work in the tutorials to improve their knowledge of suggested mathematical areas. (Source: oue.utdallas.edu)