Frequently Asked Questions
What is ALEKS®?
ALEKS® (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) is a powerful (AI)-artificial intelligence based assessment software product that zeros in on the student's mathematical strengths and weaknesses, reports its findings, and then if necessary provides a learning module to improve the student's knowledge and skill.
What is the cost of the ALEKS® placement assessment?
The initial assessment, six week learning module, and second assessment (the "reassessment") is covered by fees already paid.
Can I practice with ALEKS® before I take the placement assessment?
For more information about ALEKS® and/or sign up for an optional free trial, visit the ALEKS® website.
Do all Kent State University students take the ALEKS® placement assessment?
Mathematics placement is required of all new freshmen and those transfer students who have NOT:
- successfully completed a college level mathematics course at another college or university, or
- earned scores of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement Calculus AB or Calculus BC test.
How long does it take to complete the ALEKS® assessment?
The assessment may take around 60 to 90 minutes, so plan accordingly. Short breaks are permitted during the assessment since it is not timed. Please complete your first assessment; if you log out before completing it, you may log back in and ALEKS® will resume where you left off. The ALEKS® assessment will be available 48 hours from the time of your first login. After that, it will timeout and you will not be able to complete that assessment.
Does ALEKS® require any special software to run on my computer?
The use of ALEKS® requires installation of the ALEKS® plug-in or use of the streaming plug-in. The plug-in should install on your computer automatically the first time you access the ALEKS® site. After installation of the ALEKS® plug-in, restart (reboot) your computer.
Who should I contact if I am unable to log in to my math assessment?
If you are unable to access your ALEKS® Mathematics Placement assessment because it has been more than 48 hours since you first logged in to the assessment, please contact support.kent.edu at 330-672-HELP (4357).