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.
Math Class Placement
ALEKS: Students also have the option of taking the first exam as a practice exam. The practice exam can be taken unproctored at home but cannot be used for placement. The purpose of a practice exam is for students to learn what topics they need to review as soon as possible, and start the learning modules that will help them learn necessary concepts. ALEKS will provide learning modules to teach concepts they missed in the practice exam.
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 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.
- 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.
ALEKS: Students pay once for ALEKS and will have access to 5 exams. They can choose 5 proctored exams, or 1 practice exam and 4 proctored exams.
Expected Completion Time
ALEKS: The exam is not timed. 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.
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
Please Contact Linda Skabelund by email or phone at (435) 797-0268 if you have other questions that are not addressed here or if you need further clarification.