Take the ALEKS Exam
Notice - the ALEKS mathematics placement test is intended for incoming first-year students only, any other individuals taking the test may be billed directly for the cost of the exam.
Email Marshall Smith if you need help from CU that the FAQ page doesn't address.
Mathematics (ALEKS) Assessment / Placement Test
Mathematics is fundamental to success in a broad array of introductory university courses. To provide students with the best recommendations regarding their preparation for courses that rely on a mathematics background, the University of Colorado Boulder requires all first year students to complete an online mathematics assessment tool called ALEKS. Using your score on ALEKS, your academic record, and your academic interests your advisor will be able to provide you with a customized recommendation for which mathematics course work will best maximize your chances of a great first year at the University of Colorado Boulder.
- All first year students are required to complete the ALEKS assessment before attending a New Student Orientation Session.
- You should allow approximately 2 hours to complete ALEKS, though completion times will vary.
- ALEKS averages between 25 to 35 questions and is structured like an open-answer assessment test.
- We recommend having paper and pencils ready before beginning the test.
- Please do not use your own calculator since this may lead to errors; the ALEKS software will provide a calculator when necessary.
- Do your best to answer all questions with which you have familiarity. An answer of “I don’t know” is interpreted as an area in which you need additional training.
- Do your best on the ALEKS test – ALEKS scores have shown to be an excellent predictor of which college-level mathematics courses will best help you learn.
- Your browser will need java capability. Go to ALEKS Technical Support if you have problems.
- After completing your ALEKS assessment, write down your score and compare it to this table to understand what your ALEKS score indicates about your readiness to enroll in particular introductory courses. Please note that these guidelines were revised as of April 18, 2013 for the 2013-2014 academic year. If you referred to earlier guidelines you should review these standards and make any necessary changes to your schedule accordingly.
- If you need disability accommodations, please contact Mr. Marshall Smith (303-492-9031 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will assist you in making appropriate arrangements for you.