ALEKS is an on-line learning and math assessment system that the UTEP Math department uses to assess math knowledge and math course placement. Math course placement in the ALEKS system is assessed based on mastery of math content as determined by performance on the initial assessment in ALEKS taken by the student at home and then through the student’s progress and mastery of content by working through learning modules in the ALEKS math system. ALEKS math begins upon log-in with an assessment which should take most students 90 minutes to two hours to complete. Credit is received only for achieving mastery in the proctored exam.
Upon completion of the initial assessment, the ALEKS system will then determine how many learning modules are needed based on the student performance. Students are expected to continue working in the ALEKS system until they achieve their desired content mastery and thus course placement. There is no time limit given for working in the learning modules however each individual attempt ends 24 hours after start of a module. All students must work in the learning modules no matter what score is achieved in their initial assessment in order for the student system to recognize the student’s mastery placement scores from ALEKS.
Students should expect to work in the modules daily in order to grow in knowledge and acquire the mastery levels for desired courses. Individual results may vary but the goal is knowledge mastery and correct course placement. No outside aids should be used when testing or working in modules except a non-graphing four function calculator unless the ALEKS program deploys a calculator.