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ALEKS PPL: Placement, Preparation & Learning

ALEKSUSU uses the ALEKS PPL tool for student placement and provide students with resources to help them succeed in meeting their Math requirements.

ALEKS PPL is an adaptive learning and assessment platform used by millions of students around the world. ALEKS PPL uses adaptive, open-response questioning to rapidly and accurately assess each student on a wide range of course material in 30 questions or fewer.

ALEKS PPL is an adaptive learning and assessment platform used by millions of students around the world. ALEKS PPL uses adaptive, open-response questioning to rapidly and accurately assess each student on a wide range of course material in 30 questions or fewer.

ALEKS begins with an initial assessment, which must be taken proctored. Your initial assessment will provide a score that will tell you what USU math and stats courses you would place into. Your initial assessment will also identify concepts that you know and do not know. Students will then have a chance to work on identified weaknesses through a targeted Prep and Learning Module before trying additional attempts at placement assessments.

Each student has five placement attempts. Each assessment contains 30 questions and requires approximately 90 minutes to complete. Scores from each attempt are uploaded into Banner within 24 business hours to allow registration into Math and Stats courses. Each student’s highest official score (a score from a proctored assessment) will be used for placement.

Students need to take ALEKS PPL prior to the start of the semester in which they plan to take a math course. Scores can be used for registration into math courses for up to one year from the day in which they were earned.

Representatives from the Department of Math and Developmental Math consulted with ALEKS representatives to establish cut scores for USU courses. These scores are consistent with those used by similar institutions teaching similar courses and have been vetted by millions of students using ALEKS PPL for placement.

Minimum ALEKS test score USU courses you will be authorized to register for
0 MATH 0950
14 MATH 0995, STAT 1045
30 STAT 1040
46 MATH 1050, MATH 1051
52 MATH 1060
55 MATH 2010, MATH 2020, STAT 2000, STAT 2300
61 MATH 1100
76 MATH 1210

Students can access ALEKS through a link in their USU Banner account. You will have to sign-in to your account and click on the Math Placement Exam (ALEKS) link.

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A student is given access to a total of five assessments that must be completed within one year, as well as six (6) months of access to the individualized learning modules.

Students in Price can take a proctored placement assessment at the Price testing center located in Reeves Building, Room 114. Students who do not live close to Price can take the exams at any regional campus USU testing center or with any USU-approved proctor.

For more information on taking a proctored exam at USU, finding a proctor near your home, or requesting approval for a proctor, please call 1-855-834-2370.

Price Testing Center info
Location: Reeves Building, Room 114
Phone Number: (435) 613-5325
Email: price.testing@usu.edu

Yes, students may use Honorlock Proctoring to take any ALEKS placement assessment remotely using a computer with a webcam and microphone. There is a $13.00 proctoring fee for each attempt. Please review the Honorlock quickstart and guidelines prior to the test.

Honorlock Remote proctoring is available on-demand 24/7, with no scheduling required.

Use Honorlock by following these steps:

  1. Using Google Chrome, install the Honorlock Chrome Extension.
  2. With the extension installed, navigate to your ALEKS placement assessment and follow the proctoring instructions that appear on-screen.

 


  • Cost: no fee
  • Register: ALEKS in USU Banner
    Students will access ALEKS through a link in their USU Banner account. You will have to sign-in to your account and click on the Math Placement Exam (ALEKS) link.

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