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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.
It is very important for you to take this assessment without any type of assistance such as a calculator, web access, books, friends, family, etc. The entire process is structured to maximize your probability of success in the math-dependent courses for which this assessment is required. It is not in your interest to enroll in a course for which you are underprepared because it increases the probability of an unsatisfactory experience in that course. An unsatisfactory course outcome can negatively impact your overall college experience. On the other hand, it is in your best interest to enroll in the highest-level course for which you are appropriately prepared.
The ALEKS instrument is an unbiased, well-validated method to help get you into the appropriate courses, if used properly, so follow the rules and best wishes!
- An ALEKS assessment score is a prerequisite for most math-focused courses up through Calculus 1 (APPM 1235, APPM 1340, APPM 1350, MATH 1071, MATH 1081, MATH 1150, MATH 1300, MATH 1310), Physics (Calculus-based) (PHYS 1110), Math Tools for Economics (ECON 1078, ECON 1088), and Business Statistics (BCOR 1020). This means students cannot enroll in any of the listed courses unless they have taken the ALEKS exam and earned a score that meets the minimum requirements for that specific course.
- You should allow approximately 2 hours to complete ALEKS, though completion times will vary.
- The ALEKS assessment is structured as an open-answer test and is individualized for each student. There will be a maximum of 30 questions on the assessment.
- 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 assessment—ALEKS scores have shown to be an excellent predictor of which college-level mathematics courses will best help you learn.
- 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 February 14th, 2014 for the 2014 academic year. If you completed the ALEKS assessment prior to February 14th, 2014 different score requirements apply. There is more information about this available on our FAQs page.
- You may go to ALEKS Technical Support if you have problems.
- 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.