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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.  Information is provided that maps how things were done with the previous placement system, Accuplacer, and how things are done with the new system, ALEKS PPL.


Testing Process (no change)

Accuplacer: A proctor entered a password for the student to take the proctored exam. Students took the proctored exams at USU testing centers or with an approved proctor.

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)

Accuplacer: If students took the exam at a USU testing center (Logan or Regional Campus), there was no fee for the proctor. Students who did not take the exam at a USU testing center could be charged a fee for the proctor service by the USU approved proctor.

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

Accuplacer:
  • There was a one-year shelf life for Accuplacer exam scores and prerequisite math courses.
  • ACT scores that were less than one-year-old could be used to place into a math or stats course at USU.
  • Math credits transferred from another higher education institution, that were less than one-year-old, could possibly have been used to place students into a USU math or stats course.

ALEKS:
  • 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

Accuplacer: Students could take the exam multiple times.

ALEKS: Students will have access to 5 exams.

Expected Completion Time

Accuplacer: The exam was not timed.

ALEKS: The exam is not timed. The average completion time for the exam is 80 minutes.

Cost | ALEKS is FREE for USU Students

Accuplacer: Students paid to access the exam.

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

Accuplacer: Students were charged for their exam.

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

Accuplacer: There were specific weeks at the beginning and end of each semester when students were allowed to place into a math course by taking the placement exam.

ALEKS: Students can take placement exams throughout the year.

Exam Levels

Accuplacer: Students chose between two exams levels--Elementary and College.

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 300). 

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 (linda.skabelund@usu.edu) to determine if the score can be verified and used for placement into a USU math course.

 

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