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CLC Math Placement Assessment

What is ALEKS?

ALEKS is a web-based program used to determine a student's readiness for mathematics courses. After an initial unproctored assessment, an individualized Prep and Learning Module is available for students to practice and refresh their knowledge on 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 Assessment (ALEKS)?

Students who apply to CLC may consider taking the CLC Math Placement Assessment (ALEKS) for their course placement. Even if it’s not required, taking an ALEKS Assessment may be beneficial. 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 an 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 course 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 course.
  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 ALEKS Assessment and receive information on how to improve your skills along with access to an ALEKS Prep and Learning Module designed specifically for you. After spending some time practicing in the module, you will be allowed to re-take the ALEKS Assessment up to 2 additional times.
  4. Only your best unproctored 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 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.
  5. Students requesting accommodations should contact the Access and Disability Resource Center for assistance prior to taking their placement assessment. 

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 Assessment

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

  • Step 3: Take an Unproctored ALEKS Assessment for Placement

  • Step 4: Enroll in a Class or Study in ALEKS and take the Assessment 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