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.

If you have trouble installing the plug-in go to the ALEKS® Systems Requirements or contact support.kent.edu at (330) 672-HELP (4357).                             

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).