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ALEKS PPL: Placement, Preparation & Learning

ALEKS Math Placement Exam testing for the Spring 2021 Semester opened on September 28th, 2020. The last day to take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam for Spring 2021 is January 15th, 2021.

USU uses the ALEKS PPL tool for student placement and provide students with resources to help them succeed in meeting their Math requirements.

Link to ALEKS PPL through USU banner

What is ALEKS PPL?

ALEKS PPL is an adaptive learning and assessment platform used by millions of students around the world. ALEKS PPL uses adaptive, open-response questioning to rapidly and accurately assess each student on a wide range of course material in 30 questions or fewer.

How does ALEKS work?

ALEKS begins with an initial assessment, which must be taken proctored. Your initial assessment will provide a score that will tell you what USU math and stats courses you would place into. Your initial assessment will also identify concepts that you know and do not know. Students will then have a chance to work on identified weaknesses through a targeted Prep and Learning Module before trying additional attempts at placement assessments.

How many times can I take the placement exam?

Each student has five placement attempts. Each assessment contains 30 questions and requires approximately 90 minutes to complete. Scores from each attempt are uploaded into Banner within 24 business hours to allow registration into Math and Stats courses. Each student’s highest official score (a score from a proctored assessment) will be used for placement.

When should I take the placement exam?

Students need to take ALEKS PPL prior to the start of the semester in which they plan to take a math course. Scores can be used for registration into math courses for up to one year from the day in which they were earned.

What score do I need to get on the placement exam?

Representatives from the Department of Math and Developmental Math consulted with ALEKS representatives to establish cut scores for USU courses. These scores are consistent with those used by similar institutions teaching similar courses and have been vetted by millions of students using ALEKS PPL for placement.

MAKE SURE THAT YOU TAKE THE CORRECT MATH OR STAT COURSE!!
CONSULT WITH YOUR ADVISOR, MATH ADVISING OFFICE, OR THE USU CATALOG TO AVOID TAKING ANY UNNECESSARY COURSES.

Minimum ALEKS Test Score USU Courses You Will Be Authorized to Register For
0 MATH 0950
14 MATH 0995
STAT 1045
30 STAT 1040
46 MATH 1050
MATH 1051
52 MATH 1060
55 MATH 2010
MATH 2020
STAT 2000
STAT 2300
61 MATH 1100
76 MATH 1210

How do I access ALEKS?

Go to: my.usu.edu

Enter: A# and password

Click: Banner (on left hand side of screen under Launchpad)

Click: Main Menu

Click: Student Tab

Click: Registration

Click: Math Placement Exam (ALEKS)

Because of the social distancing practiced at USU, the testing centers at all of our campuses are closed until further notice.  The only way to take an ALEKS exam is through the online proctoring site, HonorlockAt this time, you must take the ALEKS exam Here are the directions for taking the ALEKS exam through Honorlock.

Please review the Honorlock quickstart and guidelines prior to taking an ALEKS test using Honorlock.

Honorlock Remote proctoring is available on-demand 24/7, with no scheduling required.

Use Honorlock by following these steps:

  1. Using Google Chrome, install the Honorlock Chrome Extension.
  2. With the extension installed, navigate to your ALEKS placement assessment and follow the proctoring instructions that appear on-screen.

In order to find the assessment: 

You would access that through my.usu.edu.  Login with your credentials, click on "Banner", "main menu", click on "student", then "registration", then "Math Placement Exam (ALEKS)" and it should take you to where you need to be. 

During this process, you should not be asked for a password.  However, If during the Honorlock process you are being prompted for a password, please click "Submit Password" (without entering any password) in the ALEKS testing window to advance forward. If you continue to encounter any issues, please utilize the Honorlock live chat button at the bottom of your screen. 

There is an intermittent issue in the way the Honorlock extension interacts on the ALEKS webpage, where students must click "Submit Password" to begin their assessment. In the past, this was all handled automatically, and the ticket to correct this is set to be addressed during the next sprint.

"If during the Honorlock process you are being prompted for a password, please click "Submit Password" in the ALEKS testing window to advance forward. If you continue to encounter any issues, please utilize the Honorlock live chat button at the bottom of your screen."

Aleks Intruction image

https://honorlock.com/support/

 

What happens after I sign-up for ALEKS?

A student is given access to a total of five assessments that must be completed within one year, as well as six (6) months of access to the individualized learning modules.

Where can I take a proctored placement exam?

ALL ALEKS EXAMS MUST BE PROCTORED BY A USU APPROVED PROCTOR!

There is no charge if you take it at a USU Testing Center and you are allowed up to 5 attempts – Learning Modules included.
For more information visit: http://www.usu.edu/mathprep/aleks-ppl
 
If you are located in the Logan area, you can schedule an appointment to take the test in the Testing Center located on the south side of the Merrill-Cazier Library:
 
Note: You cannot schedule a time to take the ALEKS exam online you must CALL them to schedule an appointment. 

USU Testing Services
Location: South side of the Merrill-Cazier Library M-F 8:30-8:30 Sat 8:30-2:30 Sun CLOSED Bring a photo ID. Tests must be completed by closing time.
 
If you are located near another USU testing center, call 435-797-3617 for contact information.

Can I take a proctored placement exam from home or another remote location?


If you do not live near a USU Testing Facility or are unable to travel to take the Exam due to COVID or other extenuating circumstances, you can take a Proctored test on-line using Honorlock.

Please review the NEW Honorlock quickstart and guidelines prior to taking an ALEKS test using Honorlock.

Honorlock Remote proctoring is available on-demand 24/7, with no scheduling required.

Use Honorlock by following these steps:

Using the Updated Google Chrome Extension, install the https://static.honorlock.com/extension/aleks_install?v=usu

With the extension installed, navigate to your ALEKS placement assessment and follow the proctoring instructions that appear on-screen.

In order to find the assessment: 

You would access that through my.usu.edu.  Login with your credentials, click on "Banner", "main menu", click on "student", then "registration", then "Math Placement Exam (ALEKS)" and it should take you to where you need to be.

During this process, you should not be asked for a password.  However, If during the Honorlock process you are being prompted for a password, please click "Submit Password" (without entering any password) in the ALEKS testing window to advance forward. If you continue to encounter any issues, please utilize the Honorlock live chat button at the bottom of your screen.

There is an intermittent issue in the way the Honorlock extension interacts on the ALEKS webpage, where students must click "Submit Password" to begin their assessment. In the past, this was all handled automatically, and the ticket to correct this is set to be addressed during the next sprint.

"If during the Honorlock process you are being prompted for a password, please click "Submit Password" in the ALEKS testing window to advance forward. If you continue to encounter any issues, please utilize the Honorlock live chat button at the bottom of your screen."

Screenshot of Aleks Exam Chrome Extension
In order to access ALEKS and create an ALEKS account: 

Go to: my.usu.edu

Enter: A# and password

Click: Banner (on left hand side of screen under Launchpad)

Click: Main Menu

Click: Student Tab

Click: Registration

Click: Math Placement Exam (ALEKS)

What if I see questions I don't know?

It is likely that you will 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. I don't know is interpreted by ALEKS to mean that you do not know how to solve the topic, and this will be reflected in the Placement Assessment results. There is no penalty for incorrectly answering a question on the Placement Assessment, it only helps ALEKS understand what you know and don't know.