## 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

- The most significant change is that ALEKS minimum scores for particular math-related classes are now
*prerequisites*rather than*advisory*. A list of classes and corresponding minimum required ALEKS scores for those classes is provided below. - Incoming students who think they are going to take a math, science, social science, or business course their first semester will need to take the ALEKS placement test. It is highly recommended that incoming students complete the placement prior to June 1st so they may be registered in appropriate courses. Any student who wishes to enroll in any of the courses listed in the table below will need to take the ALEKS Mathematical PPL Assessment.
- There are some college-level courses at other institutions that may meet the prerequisites for math-related classes. Some departments may still require ALEKS regardless of AP/IB or transfer credit. Please review requirements for specific department(s) as is necessary.

### Accessing ALEKS Scores

- For incoming students, ALEKS scores should still be accessed through the orientation portal as has been the case for the past two years. For continuing students, ALEKS scores will show up in ISIS in the admissions tab of the Student Service Center (Admin View), in the section where test scores are displayed. Screenshots and a detailed explanation of how to view and interpret ALEKS scores are provided below.

### More Information on ALEKS

- The table of scores and classes for incoming students is available online via the link toward the bottom of the main CU ALEKS website as well as the answer to the first question on the CU ALEKS Frequently Asked Questions website.
- Score requirements for students that took the ALEKS assessment prior to this year are available as the answer to the last frequently asked question, "What if I took the ALEKS assessment before February 15th, 2013?"
- Students will have to wait at least 48 hours and complete at least 5 hours of online training before being able to
*retake*the ALEKS PPL assessment. - Students should still access ALEKS through the same process, using their CU IdentiKey credentials, by going to the link that reads "Click here to take the ALEKS exam" in the shaded box to the right of the main ALEKS CU website.

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 |
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 |
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.