ALEKS Math Assessment Changes for Fall 2014

The ALEKS math preparation assessment instrument that CU Boulder has used for the past two years has recently been upgraded to ALEKS PPL (Placement, Preparation, and Learning). ALEKS PPL includes a comparable assessment of math preparedness to the previous ALEKS instrument, but it also includes other features. If students do not earn a score high enough to enroll in a desired class, they have 6 weeks of access to online training that is individually targeted to focus on the skills where they need improvement. In addition to the initial assessment students now have the opportunity to retake the assessment twice to improve their score. This document provides an overview of the most relevant and significant changes related to the switch to ALEKS PPL.

Who Should Take the ALEKS Assessment

Accessing ALEKS Scores

More Information on ALEKS

This information and more is available on the main CU Boulder ALEKS website. A list of answers to Frequently Asked Questions is also available. You can direct any further questions you may have to Marshall Smith, the ALEKS Program Coordinator here on campus at CU Boulder, either via email (marshall.smith@colorado.edu) or by telephone at 303.492.9031.

ALEKS Score Requirements

Students with ALEKS PPL (2014) scores of 76% or higher, or ALEKS Assessment (2012 or 2013) scores of 75% or higher, and previous advanced math education, can request placement in higher mathematics courses in consultation with an academic advisor during orientation.

Please note that these guidelines correspond to when students completed the ALEKS assessment. If students took the assessment prior to February 15th, 2014 please consult the ALEKS Assessment 2013 or 2012 column.

Course Number

Course Description

ALEKS PPL
2014
Minimum Score

ALEKS Assessment 2013 or 2012 Minimum Score

APPM 1235

Precalculus for Engineers

61%

60%

APPM 1340

Calculus 1 with Algebra (Part 1 of 2 in a mandatory year-long calculus sequence)

61%

60%

APPM 1350

Calculus 1 for Engineers

76%

75%

BCOR 1020

Business Statistics

61%

60%

ECON 1078

Math Tools for Economists I

46%

35%

ECON 1088

Math Tools for Economists II

61%

75%

MATH 1071

Finite Math for Social Science and Business

46%

35%

MATH 1081

Calculus for Social Sciences & Business

61%

65%

MATH 1150

Precalculus Mathematics

61%

60%

MATH 1300

Analytic Geometry/Calculus 1

76%

75%

MATH 1310

Calculus, Stochastics & Modeling

76%

75%

PHYS 1110

General Physics 1 (Calculus-based)

76%

75%

Accessing ALEKS Scores in ISIS

For those with permission to the Admissions tab in Student Services Centerr (AdminVw) under Test Summary, ALEKS scores will display for those students with scores loaded to ISIS-CS.

Note that "COMP" is short for composite and is the total score on the ALEKS assessment. This is the score that will be compared to the required minimums.

ALEKS_MATH refers to the new ALEKS PPL assessment and these scores apply for incoming students and anyone who takes the ALEKS assessment after February 15th, 2014.

ALEKS_PR14 refers to the prior ALEKS assessment used in 2012 and 2013.

The other scores listed indicate students' performance in specific math skill areas that contribute to the total, or composite, score.

Note that the class will only show the ALEKS PPL 2014 minimum required score (ALEKS_MATH) as can be seen in the red box in the example below. However, ISIS-CS has been coded with both requirements and will check based on when students completed the assessement.

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