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YouCollege Math Readiness Program – Math Camp
All new YouCollege freshmen less than 22 on ACT Math are required to participate in Math Camp (which includes the ALEKS Math Placement Exam). This will better prepare you for your entering math course this fall.

What is Math Camp?
Math Camp is a 6 week online tutorial starting on July 1st.

What is ALEKS?
ALEKS is an online system that provides the advantages of one-on-one instruction, 24/7, from virtually any Web-based computer.

Math Camp Step 1: Placement June 1 – June 30


  1. The initial placement exam for YouCollege students is free. Whether you complete the exam or not, it counts as your one free exam.
  2. Please note that the average completion time is 90 minutes, though your time may be longer or shorter, so plan accordingly.
  3. Paper and pencil will be helpful. A calculator will be provided by ALEKS when needed, thus you should not use your own.
  4. You may be asked questions on material you have not yet learned. On such questions it is appropriate to answer, "I don't know." On any question that you have familiarity with, however, it is important to do your best.
  5. Your browser will need the ALEKS plug-in (which will download automatically) and java. Refer to this Troubleshooting Guide if you have problems.

Click here to take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam

Can I practice using ALEKS before I begin placement?

  • ALEKS will begin with a tutorial before your placement begins. You may also practice with a free trial at but note that your progress in the trial will not be saved or applied to your placement score.
  • Your score is automatically added to your UT student profile which is accessible by your advisor.
  • You can view your score by using the same access link for which you took the exam, i.e. "New Incoming Student" or the "Current UT Student" link from Click the assessment button and your score will appear.

Where does my score appear?

Math Camp Step 2: 6 Week of “Prep and Learn” July 1 – Aug 10

After taking your placement do not begin the “Prep-and-Learn” portion of ALEKS until July 1. The reason for this is that during this time you will have access to both distance instructors as well as a lab on campus during July 1 – Aug 10. Memorial Field House room 1240 will be available as an open lab with some support on TWR 12:00-3:00 pm.

Your Math Camp instructor will contact you if you have not logged into ALEKS. Your Math Camp instructor will send information to you regarding via virtual office hours, their e-mail and phone number in case you need help.

If you are able to accelerate your development this summer through Math Camp, the potential is to start in Math 1320 College Algebra (46% or above) this fall.

INCENTIVE: $200 towards your books for Fall Semester will be awarded to those who spend the most time and accelerate their learning in Math Camp this summer.

Scores you are shooting for:

Cut score:

Course Placement:


Basic Math/Prealgebra


Beginning Algebra


Intermediate Algebra (1200)


College Algebra (1320)


Precalculus/Business Calculus


Calculus I



Technical Support
For ALEKS customer support please phone or email:

Phone: (714) 619-7090


After you have called ALEKS customer support and are still having trouble, please call our offices: Department of Exploratory Studies: 419-530-1250


Frequently Asked Questions – ALEKS

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

Yes, you may take up to 2 placement assessments. You are strongly encouraged to use the learning modules in between assessments.

Can I retake the ALEKS assessment immediately?

Students must wait [48] hours between placement assessments.

Are placement assessments timed?

1)      No, you are free to complete the assessment at your own pace.

How long will a placement assessment take to complete?

Placement assessments require approximately 90 minutes to complete, but the amount of time will vary. There will be a maximum of 30 questions.

Can I use a calculator while using ALEKS?

ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you should not use a calculator.

Can I use any other resources during a placement assessment?

You should only use a pen or pencil, paper, and the resources provided by ALEKS. You should not receive assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks, or any other resource not provided by ALEKS. Using outside resources may lead to improper placement and ultimately course failure.


Does progress in an ALEKS Prep and Learning Module count towards placement?

No, you must complete a new placement assessment to change your placement score. Click on the placement tab on the upper right of the page from within ALEKS. Only your placement assessment scores will be used for course placement.

How long do I have access to a Prep and Learning Module?

You will have six weeks of access from the time that you start using a Prep and Learning module.


What are Progress Assessments?

While working in a Prep and Learning module you will periodically complete Progress Assessments to solidify your gains in knowledge. The results of Progress Assessments do not count toward your placement score.

What if I do not place into the course I wanted?

You can use a Prep and Learning module to review and learn, and you may take another placement assessment to improve your score.

I did not place into the class I wanted. Can I take it anyway?

No, you must achieve the minimum placement score to take each corresponding class.

What if I placed into the class I wanted?

Congratulations! Continue to use the Prep and Learning modules to improve your chances for success. The placement cutscore above is the minimum preparation required for your course! Take advantage of the targeted review and learning features in ALEKS to get a better grade in your class.

Where can I get technical help with ALEKS?

Last Updated: 9/14/16