Take the ALEKS Assessment

What is the format of the questions on ALEKS?

ALEKS is not a multiple-choice Placement Assessment. It is open-response and requires you to work out solutions with a paper and pencil, and then enter them into ALEKS. Be sure to have scratch paper with you.

May I use a calculator while taking ALEKS?

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

May I use any other resources during a placement assessment?

You may only use a pen or pencil, paper, and the resources provided within ALEKS. You should not receive assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks, or any other resource not provided by ALEKS. Using outside resources will lead to improper placement and potentially course failure. It is a violation of the institution's honor code.

Can I review a questions after I have answered it?

Because ALEKS is adaptive, once you submit an answer, you cannot change it. Be sure to check your answers carefully before submitting your response.

What if there are questions I cannot answer?

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.

Are placement assessments timed?

No, you are free to complete the Placement Assessment at your own pace. The system will allow you to access your Placement Assessment for 24 hours. If you need to exit the Placement Assessment for any reason, you will be able to log back in and pick up where you left off.

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

If you do not complete the Placement Assessment within 24 hours, you will have to restart the Placement Assessment.

I am ready to start my ALEKS PPL Assessment. How do I begin?

Students take the ALEKS assessment from home by logging into the myMemphis portal.

  • Please enter your UofM user name and your password.
  • The username corresponds to the letters appearing before "@memphis.edu" in your University of Memphis email address.
  • After logging into the myMemphis portal, click on the "Student Pages" tab and then "My Resources" to locate the ALEKS channel.