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Help for USU Advisors

By providing these answers to commonly asked questions, USU Advisors will be able to effectively assist their students in making plans to meet the math requirements for their chosen major.

Please Contact Linda Skabelund by email at or phone at (435) 797-0268 if you have other questions that are not addressed here or if you need further clarification.

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Testing Process (no change)

ALEKS: A proctor will enter a password for the student to take the proctored exam. Students take the proctored exams at USU testing centers or with an approved proctor.

Cost of a Proctor (no change)

ALEKS: If students take the exam at a USU testing center (Logan or Regional Campus), there is no fee for the proctor. Students who do not take the exam at a USU testing center may be charged a fee for the proctor service by the USU approved proctor.

Shelf Life of the Exam Score

  • There is a one-year shelf life for ALEKS exam scores and prerequisite math courses.
  • If students have already taken the Accuplacer exam, then the scores obtained can still be used to place into a USU math or stats course for 1 year.
  • ACT scores that are less than one-year-old can be used to place into a math or stats course at USU.
  • Math credits transferred from another higher education institution, that are less than one-year-old, may possibly be used to place students into a USU math or stats course.

Multiple Exams

ALEKS: Students will have access to 5 exams.

Expected Completion Time

ALEKS: The time limit is 3 hours. The average completion time for the exam is 80 minutes.

Cost | ALEKS is FREE for USU Students

ALEKS: There is no cost for USU students for one-year access to five placement exams and 6-month access to learning modules. The 6-months allotted for the learning modules begins at the time the first module is started.  Concurrent enrollment students, and USU students who need access to more than the five placement exams, pay $20.

Charge to Students | ALEKS is FREE for USU Students

ALEKS:  There is no charge for USU students.  Concurrent enrollment students will pay online before being able to access an ALEKS account.

Placement Exam Dates

ALEKS: Students can take placement exams throughout the year.

Exam Levels

ALEKS: The ALEKS exam will place students into any USU mathematics course through Calculus I, or any introductory statistics course (including Stat 1040, 1045, 2000, 2300 ,or 1100). 

Accepting Scores from Other Institutions

ALEKS: If a student has taken an ALEKS PPL (proctored) exam at another institution, the student should contact Linda Skabelund ( to determine if the score can be verified and used for placement into a USU math course.