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CLC Math Placement Test

What is ALEKS?

ALEKS is a web-based program used to determine a student's readiness for mathematics courses. After a practice assessment, an individualized Prep and Learning Module is available for students to refresh their knowledge on forgotten topics giving students the opportunity to improve their placement. Watch a Youtube video to learn more about ALEKS.

Why should I take the CLC Math Placement Test (ALEKS)?

Most students who apply to CLC are required to take the CLC Math Placement Test (ALEKS).  Even if it’s not required, it’s strongly recommended that you take an ALEKS Assessment. Here’s why:

  1. All students who plan to enroll in credit-bearing classes at CLC are required to demonstrate basic academic proficiencies before they can register for classes. Taking a proctored ALEKS assessment is one way of demonstrating Basic Algebra Readiness (BAR). (Note: Basic Algebra Readiness does not meet the prerequisite for college-level math courses. Please refer to math course descriptions for complete requirements.)
  2. Even if you are able to demonstrate Basic Algebra Readiness in another way, taking the ALEKS assessment can give you a better chance of being successful by placing you into an appropriate class for your current skill level. This is because unlike the ACT or SAT, ALEKS is specifically designed as a placement tool. ALEKS placement is very reliable in determining how likely you are to succeed in a particular class.
  3. In addition to placing you appropriately, ALEKS gives you the opportunity to grow your skills and try to place higher. You can take an unproctored practice ALEKS assessment at home and then re-take the proctored ALEKS assessment up to 4 times after spending time in an ALEKS Prep and Learning Module.
  4. Only your best proctored ALEKS Assessment score counts, so you have nothing to lose by studying and trying again. Doing so may allow you to place into a higher class, saving you time and tuition dollars. Or it may help you to refresh your skills and be better prepared for class. This is an especially important tool for new or returning students who have been out of school for a while to “brush up.”

How to use ALEKS for Placement

Follow these steps to take ALEKS for CLC Math Placement:

  • Step 1: Connect to ALEKS and take an Unproctored Practice Assessment

  • Step 2: Study and Learn using the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module

  • Step 3: Take a Proctored ALEKS Assessment for Placement

  • Step 4: Enroll in a Class or Study in ALEKS and Test Again

Step 1

Connect to ALEKS

Step 2

Take a Practice Assessment

Step 3

Study/Learn in a Prep and Learning Module

Step 4

Take a Proctored Assessment for Placement

Step 5

Enroll in a Class or Study/Retest