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Step 1: Determine if you need math placement testing - If you have an Math ACT composite score - you have an option of being placed by that Math ACT score vs. placement via Placement Test/ALEKS. Math composite ACT scores of 20 and above are placed into Math 1320. See chart on Math Department website for additional placements via ACT score. If you do not have an ACT score you will need to do a placement test. Be sure you have a UTAD account. Haven’t set up your UTAD account? Click HERE for step-by-step directions.
Step 2: Choose how to take the placement test - OFF-CAMPUS:Take your placement test online using ALEKS. The ALEKS test can be completed on a computer with internet access (visit http://www.aleks.com/faqs/technical for system requirements). A non-refundable $25 fee will be assessed via credit card by McGraw Hill Education once logging in with your UTAD credentials. ON-CAMPUS:Go to Placement Test Center and take either the paper-based tests on campus or choose to take the ALEKS placement test (non-refundable $25 fee via credit card). Click here for Placement Test Center hours and required materials. *Need Special Accommodations? Please call the Math Department at 419.530.2568*
Step 3: If you are opting to do the web-based ALEKS test and prep, please read all of the instructions below and on the following pages before taking the test. Good Luck!
** Failure to take your required math placement test will result in automatic placement into a math course based only on your ACT math composite score and admitted high school GPA. For more information please refer again to the information found through the Placement Testing link on your New Student tab.
ALEKS - Advance Your Skill (*link to test at end of section*)
Why should you take the ALEKS Math Placement Test? Taking the ALEKS placement test gives you the opportunity to place into a math class you are developmentally prepared for, saving you time and money that would have otherwise been spent on an unnecessary class. You will have 3 total attempts to get the score you want, and the Prep and Learning Modules (more information on that below and in the FAQ section) will help you review the subject matter and give you the practice you need to succeed.
What is ALEKS?ALEKS is an online system that uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately assess student knowledge. The University of Toledo uses ALEKS to place students into their first math course.
Cost There is a non-refundable $25 fee (paid by credit card) to access ALEKS. This fee is assessed by McGraw Hill Education. With this fee you will obtain: One initial placement test, a single 6-week subscription to the Prep and Learning modules to elevate your current math knowledge, and two additional placement tests which you may take to raise your placement score.
Getting Started with ALEKS 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. You will need your UTAD credentials to access ALEKS.
ALEKS Scoring Information 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 http://www.aleks.com/utoledo/ppl. Click the assessment button and your score will appear.
The suggested math classes for which you are eligible for based on your score (and intended major) can be found in the table below. The undergraduate mathematics course catalog can be found here: http://www.math.utoledo.edu/undergrad_catalog.html
Math Modeling Study Skills + Mathematical Modeling and Problem Solving (MATH 1190 + MATH 1200)
Mathematical Modeling and Problem Solving (MATH 1200)
Mathematics for Liberal Arts (MATH 1180) Mathematics for Education Majors I (MATH 1210) College Algebra (MATH 1320) College Algebra and Trigonometry (MATH 1340) Introduction to Statistics (MATH 2600)
Trigonometry (MATH 1330) Business Calculus I (MATH 1730) Calculus for Life Sciences I (MATH 1750) Calculus for Engineering Technology I (MATH 2450)
Calculus I for Mathematicians, Scientists, and Educators (MATH 1830) Single Variable Calculus I (MATH 1850)
Please note:Your required math classes will vary depending on the degree program you are pursuing, so please keep that in mind as you are using ALEKS. For more information on the University’s degree programs, visit http://www.utoledo.edu/admission/freshman/majors.html.
Technical Support For ALEKS customer support please phone or email: After you have called ALEKS customer support and are still having trouble, please visit the UT IT ALEKS Help page or call the UT Helpdesk (24/7) Phone: (714) 619-7090 Hours (Eastern Time): Sunday, 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM Monday - Thursday, 7:00 AM to 1:00 AM Friday, 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM Email: http://support.aleks.com Website: http://www.aleks.com/faqs/technical
Frequently Asked Questions - ALEKS
When should I take the ALEKS test? Students attending an on-campus orientation program (Rocket Launch or Rocket Transition) should take the ALEKS test (along with any other required placement tests) not later
than the day beforetheir program date. You will be meeting with an advisor and registering for classes
at orientation so having your test score will assist the advisor in preparing for
your meeting. Students completing online orientation (Transfer students, Non-Traditional students) should take the test no later than the day before you meet with an advisor to register
for classes. Please note that you will need to complete the online orientation before
you will be able to register for classes. We advise that your take your ALEKS test
as soon as possible so you have enough time to take advantage of the Prep and Learning
Modules and retake the test before your register for classes.
How long will an ALEKS test take to complete? The ALEKS placement tests are untimed, so you are free to complete them at your own pace. However, you will need to complete each test in one sitting. Please note that each test will require approximately 90 minutes to complete, but the amount of time will vary so please plan accordingly. There will be a maximum of 30 questions.
What resources will I be allowed to use while completing an ALEKS test? You may use paper and a writing utensil for the test(s). ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator should you need to use one for any particular problem; therefore you should refrain from using your own. Any other resources will be provided by ALEKS when necessary. The ALEKS test determines your placement into your first math class at the University, so it is extremely important that your score reflects your true math ability. Any outside assistance you use to complete the test (friends, family, other websites, textbooks, – any resource not provided by ALEKS) could lead to improper placement into a class you are not prepared for and ultimately course failure. (See the University’s Academic dishonesty policy for more information.)
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 www.aleks.com but note that your progress in the trial will not be saved or applied to your placement score.
I am not satisfied with my first ALEKS test score. What can I do to increase it? If you believe that your score does not reflect your true abilities, you can use a
Prep and Learning module to review and learn before taking your 2nd test and/or 3rd tests to improve your score.
Can I retake the ALEKS Placement test? Yes, you may retake up to 2 times, for a total of 3 attempts. 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.
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 particular 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.
Do I have to take the ALEKS test each semester that I take a math class? No, you will only have to take the test for your first math class at UT.
Will my ALEKS score appear on my transcript? No, the score will be available to your advisor and used only to place you in an appropriate math class.
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. Your score shows the level of your math preparedness and as such can be used to place you in a class that you in which you are likely to succeed. If you take a class for which you aren’t prepared, you will have a hard time passing it.