Correct placement into the first math course is an important step to a student’s success at OU. Students thrive in a course that is challenging, but not beyond a student's current abilities. The Math Placement Assessment (ALEKS) is now available for new summer or fall 2019 admits.
The Mathematics Placement Process
ALEKS allows you to both determine your current skill level and gives online training to improve your mathematical skills. Used properly, ALEKS will set you on the path to success in your mathematics courses at OU. Students take the Math Placement Assessment (ALEKS) online. Review all the information listed below in full before taking the assessment.
If you are an incoming or current student who will need to take ALEKS for placement into a math course at OU, you must take the math assessment before you enroll.
- Take the ALEKS math placement early. You must complete the Math Placement Assessment (ALEKS) at least 72 hours prior to your New Sooner Orientation Day. Begin the process at least one week prior to your NSO day to ensure you have time to re-assess if desired.
- Follow the instructions. Do not use any outside resources (books, notes, websites, other people) to assist you when you take the math assessment. Your math success relies on an accurate assessment of your current skills. If a problem allows use of a calculator, one will be provided online, so there is no need for you to bring anything but a pencil and scratch paper. (Additional information about academic integrity may be found in the Student Guide for Academic Integrity.)
- Relax! If desired, you may take the assessment a total of three times.
Take the math assessment at home:
1. The ALEKS math assessment is proctored through ProctorU. ProctorU is a live online proctoring service that allows you to take your exam from the comfort of your home. ProctorU is available 24/7. Before you can complete the math assessment, you must create a ProctorU account and schedule your virtual assessment session at least 72 hours in advance. Creating a ProctorU account is simple. You can do so by visiting go.proctoru.com. Please be sure to utilize your University of Oklahoma email address for your account.
2. Visit ou.edu/aleks to complete your assessment.
3. The assessment will consist of approximately 30 questions.
4. You will receive a score and your corresponding math placement. After the assessment, you will have access to learning modules if you'd like to study and retest.
5. You can take ALEKS up to three times. If you decide to re-assess you must study in the learning module for at least five hours before re-assessing.
The assessment typically takes between one and half and two hours to complete. You must complete the full assessment in one sitting, so prepare appropriately.
You will need:
1. A high-speed internet connection
2. A webcam (internal or external)
3. A Windows or Apple Operating System
4. A government issued photo ID
5. Scratch paper and pencil, but NO other outside help, including friends or family members, notes, books, calculator, websites, phone, or any other outside assistance.
ProctorU recommends that you visit https://test-it-out.proctoru.com/ prior to your proctoring session to test your equipment. We recommend you click on the button that says “connect to a live person” to fully test out your equipment. Please make sure that you are using the current version of your browser and have downloaded the ProctorU extension available at http://bit.ly/proctoruchrome or https://www.proctoru.com/firefox.
Additionally, please visit and review the test-taker resource center here. You should expect the startup process with the proctor to take about 10-15 minutes. However, this time will not affect your exam time. Please feel free to direct any questions to the student support team via the live chat within your account.
Take the math assessment in person:
If you prefer, you can visit the OU Assessment Center or other allowed testing sites. Contact the OU Assessment Center at (405) 325-4336 or email@example.com.
- Review score report and determine placement. After completing the assessment, students are encouraged to review the score using the pie chart and their placement using the Math Placement Chart. At that point, they will have access to a learning module targeted toward their skill level. Students are encouraged to use the learning module to refresh and improve their skills before classes begin. Students who actively use the learning module have a greater chance of success in their first math course.
- Practice in learning modules and retake the assessment, if desired. If students receive a score that places them into the level of math required for their major, they are finished with the assessment process. Review degree sheets to determine Math requirements for various majors. Following the first assessment, the student will have a chance to enter an online learning module and practice in areas where more work is needed. After studying in the learning modules for five hours, students may re-assess if desired.
- Enroll. During their enrollment appointment, students may discuss their score with their academic advisor and then enroll in the proper Math course.
- Use resources to succeed. Students are encouraged to utilize available campus resources, including the Math Help Center and Action Tutoring, to insure the successful completion of their Math course.
Students may take the assessment up to three times. Students are required to study in the learning module for at least five hours before re-assessing.