Math Placement Tests: ALEKS

Houston Baptist University requires an ALEKS mathematics placement assessment to determine readiness for various lower-level math courses. The ALEKS Placement Assessment covers material from basic math through Pre-calculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning Module is available for you to review and learn material, and to improve placement and eventual course outcomes.

Important: Beginning in the Fall 2018, HBU will be charging a $11.50 proctoring fee to take the ALEKS Math Placement Test.

Please remember: HBU gives students the option of taking the ALEKS at home on the first attempt.
To take it from home you will need to:

  • Access your HBU Portal (my.hbu.edu), or have access to your husky account (huskynet.hbu.edu)
  • Once in Husky net, go to the Student Tab.
  • At the very bottom of the Student tab there is an option to take the ALEKS Math Placement click on this link.
  • Once you click on the link, there are going to be two things you need to take note: 1) Your first time pass word (You may want to write it down); and 2) a “HERE” link that will take you to the ALEKS.
  • If you do not have access to your HBU portal, or Husky net, you will not be able to access the ALEKS. This issue can be addressed through the admissions department. If you lock yourself out of your account, you will need to contact IT (ext:3410) to get it unlocked.
  • You have 3 Hours to complete the ALEKS.
  • IMPORTANT: You must finish no less than 8 hours of learning modules to unlock your second test. If you do not, there is no way to open the test. You will know if the next test is unlocked if the lock icon on the “Start Exam” no longer appears over the link.
  • Both the Testing and Math Departments strongly recommend completely as many of your learning modules as possible before attempting your next exam (see the ALEKS pie chart). This will help you perform better, and achieve the score you are desiring.
  • Other than the first test, all ALEKS tests must be proctored at the HBU Testing Center Located in the Moody Library (Room 121). To register, you will need to go to hbu.edu/testing, and select Math Placement Tests. After this, you can select HBU students to start registering.

ALEKS Math Placement Test Schedule

Note: Additional information and sign-up for exams at HBU.edu/testing. Please arrive at designated time to allow plenty of time for the exam and bring a photo ID.

  • Closed Test Dates: Test dates are taken offline when all seats are filled or when the registration deadline (one day before the test) is past. See standby information below for further information
  • There is no fee for taking a math placement test.
  • Make sure you know your HuskyNet User ID Number (H#). It is required for registration. (I don’t know my HuskyNet User ID Number)
  • You will be provided a computer for taking the assessment
  • HBU ID or driver’s license is required for check in
  • Cell phones must be turned completely OFF and left in designated area for prohibited items.
  • No backpacks or purses are allowed and must be left in designated area for prohibited items
  • Jackets and sweaters may not worn during testing, except for medical reasons
  • No hats, scarves, hoodies or any head coverings allowed, except for religious reasons
  • No cell phones, food or drink are allowed during the test session, except water in a clear bottle with label removed
  • Rescheduling or Canceling – To reschedule or cancel a test, send an email to testing@hbu.edu
  • Standby Testing – Those wishing to test on a date that is “offline” may be considered for testing on a “standby” basis at the discretion of the test administrator.

Testing Center is located in the Moody Library, 1st floor, Room 121

Register online now!

When you register for a test through Registration Blast, you will be able to select a date and time that the exam is offered.

Frequently Asked Questions for HBU students:

  • Who should take the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

    The ALEKS Placement Assessment should be taken by all

    • Students who are science, mathematics, business, or nursing majors, OR
    • Students who enter without declaring a major, OR
    • Students who have Math SAT scores<530 or ACT scores <22 OR
    • All entering transfer students with no prior college-level coursework in mathematics
    • Students, who have completed a lower-level math course with a grade lower than a C. These students will take ALEKS and re-mediate before repeating the course.

    We strongly encourage all transfer students to take the exam if they need additional mathematics coursework. If the score on the assessment indicates a lack of preparedness for the course, the student should seriously consider taking any missing prerequisite courses or working in an ALEKS Learning Module (see below).

    Additionally, we encourage students to take the exam if they plan to enroll in a math course and have not taken a math course during the preceding year.

    Students with Math SAT scores of at least 530 (or ACT 22) may enroll in Math 1305 classes without taking the ALEKS Placement Assessment.   However, Math 1305 is not a prerequisite for College Algebra (Math 1313) and should not be taken by science, mathematics, business or nursing majors.

    The ALEKS placement assessment is not binding.  If you score at a level below where you have been currently placed by other methods, you may choose to take the lower course, but you are not required to do so.  You may use the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module to help prepare for the course you enroll in.

  • Is there a fee for using ALEKS?

    No, students will not pay a fee to take the ALEKS assessment and use the Preparation and Learning Modules.

  • Are ALEKS Placement Assessments proctored?

    You are allowed to take the first ALEKS exam at home.  You may access the exam through the Placement link on your Student tab in Huskynet.

    Any retakes of the exam must be proctored.  If you are in the HBU Service Area, you may schedule an appointment to retake the exam on campus at www.hbu.edu/testing. If you are retaking the exam outside of the HBU Service Area, please email the HBU Testing Center at testing@hbu.edu for further instructions.  Students enrolled in the Pampell Online division have additional options for proctored ALEKS and should contact their online advisers for instructions.

     

  • Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

    Yes. If you do not earn the required score on your first attempt, you will have four additional attempts that will be proctored on campus or in an HBU-approved testing center.  At the end of your first exam, ALEKS provides you with an online review module that is customized  to help you strengthen your individualized weakness to prepare for a retake of the exam.   To make each attempt worthwhile, it is important that you spend at least 8 hours working in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module (PLM) before the second attempt and at least 5 hours between the remaining placement assessments so that you can improve your skills.

     

  • Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment immediately?

    You must wait at least 72 hours between placement assessments. There is generally no benefit to re-taking the assessment immediately after completing a prior attempt. Unlike the SAT or ACT, you cannot improve your results by simply re-taking the assessment without spending time in the Prep and Learning Module to refresh material that you may have forgotten or to learn new material.

     

  • Must I work in my ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules between placement assessments?

    Yes, you must wait 72 hours between attempts at the ALEKS assessment and must spend at least 8 hours working in the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module  before the second attempt and at least 5 hours before the remaining attempts.

     

  • Are placement assessments timed?

    Yes, you have up to three hours to complete a placement assessment once it has begun.

     

  • How long will a placement assessment take to complete?

    Placement assessments require approximately 90 minutes to complete, but the amount of time will vary by student. There will be a maximum of 30 questions.

     

  • May I use a calculator while using ALEKS?

    ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.

     

  • What happens if I do not complete a placement assessment in the allotted time?

    You will be given a placement result, but it may underestimate your true ability.

     

  • May I use any other resources during a placement assessment?

    You may only use a pen or pencil, paper, and the resources provided by ALEKS. You may not receive assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks, or any other resource not provided by ALEKS.  Using outside resources may lead to improper placement into a course for which you are not prepared and ultimately course failure.  This will negatively affect your GPA computations and your possibility of success at the university.

    Additionally, receiving assistance on the ALEKS placement test is a violation of HBU’s Academic Integrity Policy and is punishable under the provisions of that Policy; see Academic Policies, Procedures and Resources.

     

  • What should I expect on the exam?
    • Before starting, be sure to have a pencil or pen and paper.
    • Before the first question, ALEKS will check your computer software configuration and download the plug-ins necessary to take the exam. Next, there will be a very brief tutorial explaining how to key in your answers.
    • The exam itself starts by posing questions, some fairly easy and some fairly difficult, to gauge your general ability and to give focus to subsequent questions. If you clearly don’t know the answer to a question, you should answer “I don’t know.” If the topic is one that you are familiar with, you should make an attempt at answering, because ALEKS interprets the “I don’t know” answer to mean that you are unfamiliar with the topic. The exam includes questions at many levels so, depending on your background, you may not be familiar with the content of every question.
    • Exam results appear on the last page. You will see a pie chart at the top of the page displaying your performance in various categories.  The “What you can do” section that follows itemizes those categories in which you performed well. The “What you are ready to learn next” section lists those areas that you will need to review before taking the exam again. Your ALEKS placement score appears above the pie chart: “xx % Mastery”.
  • Can I review a question or change an answer after I have submitted it?

    Because ALEKS is adaptive, once you submit an answer, you cannot change it.  Be sure you answer an item the way you intended before submitting your response.

  • I have forgotten my score. How do I find it?

    Log in to the placement exam site again and click on “Retake Placement.”  Your scores will appear under “Past Placements.”  Keep in mind that your highest exam score determines placement.

  • What is my placement results?

    Your placement result is your percentage mastery on the latest assessment. Course placement is determined as follows:

    ALEKS Placement Score (%) Course Placement
    0-45 Eligible for Math 1302 (Intermediate Algebra)
    30 or higher Eligible for Math 1305 (Math for Critical Thinking)
    46-60 Eligible for MATH 1313 (College Algebra)
    61-70 Eligible for MATH 1323 (Trigonometry) or Chemistry 2415 (General Chemistry I)
    71-80 MATH 1434 (Pre-Calculus)
    81-100 Eligible for MATH 1451 (Calculus I); MATH 3304 (Intro Statistics for Life Sciences) or PHYS 1416 (General Physics I)

    **Students may enroll in a course at a level lower than the course indicated by ALEKS score

    If you earn the score for the course you want, your record in ALEKS will document this
    result.  Two business days after qualifying for a particular course, you should be able to logon to Huskynet and sign up for the course if there is still room in the class.  If you need to make a schedule change quickly at the beginning of the semester you should email your adviser with a screenshot of the score and request help in changing your schedule.  If you do not have an academic adviser and need a change of schedule, please email the Chair of the Department of Math and Physics at epotter@hbu.edu and the Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at dwarren@hbu.edu.  Please note that schedule changes must be made prior to the beginning of the semester or during the first week of classes for the fall and spring semesters and before the end of second day of class for the summer sessions.   If you need help registering or have other questions, please contact your adviser immediately.

    If you do not earn your required score, you may use the provided learning module to prepare for a retake to try and qualify for the course you desire.

     

  • How long is my placement result valid?

    ALEKS scores are valid for placement into courses which begin within 1 year of the date of your exam.

  • May I qualify for a class during the first week of classes?

    In order to enroll in a course during the fall and spring semesters, you must have qualified using ALEKS Placement Assessment by noon on the fourth day of classes and must register by the last day to add classes.  In order to enroll in a course during the summer sessions, you must have qualified using ALEKS Placement Assessment and registered before the end of the second day of classes. If necessary, get help to make these schedule changes before these deadlines, by emailing your adviser or the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Physics at epotter@hbu.edu and the Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at dcwarren@hbu.edu .

  • Can I practice using ALEKS before I begin placement?

    ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial before your placement begins.

  • How long do I have access to my Prep and Learning Module?

    You will have six months of access from the time that you start using your Prep
    and Learning module.

  • What are ALEKS Progress Assessments?

    While working in a Prep and Learning Module, you will periodically complete progress assessments to solidify your gains in knowledge.

  • Does progress in an ALEKS Prep and Learning Module count towards placement?

    No, you must complete a new placement assessment to change your placement result. Click on the placement tab on the upper right of the page from within ALEKS. Only your placement assessment results will be used for course placement.

  • What if I do not place into the course I wanted?

    You can use the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module to review and learn, and you may take another proctored placement assessment to improve your placement result.

  • I did not place into the class I wanted. Can I take it anyway?

    No, you must achieve the minimum placement result to take each corresponding class. You may enroll in the course for which you did qualify. Or, you may continue to re-mediate and retest.

  • What if I placed into the class I wanted?

    Congratulations!  Continue to use your Prep and Learning Module to improve
    your chances for success in the course. The placement result above is the minimum
    preparation required for your course!  Take advantage of the targeted review
    and learning features in ALEKS to get a better grade in your class.

  • What if I need accommodations?

    The assessment will ask up to 30 questions. Most students will complete the exam within 90 minutes but you have up to 3 hours complete the exam. If you need accommodations, please contact HBU Testing Center at testing@hbu.edu

  • Where can I get help with the ALEKS?
  • How do I begin using ALEKS?

    You may sign-up and take the ALEKS assessment by clicking on the “Math Placement Information(ALEKS)” link under the “Student” tab in Huskynet.

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