ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning (ALEKS PPL) is a state-of-the-art assessment tool that uses artificial intelligence to identify a student’s strengths and weaknesses in mathematics. It then makes recommendations to help ensure the student’s success in their first college mathematics course.
ALEKS consists of three parts, all free of charge to NKU students:
After completing the Placement Assessment, the individualized Prep and Learning Module allows students the opportunity to refresh their knowledge on forgotten topics. Students then have the opportunity to repeat the Assessment and improve their placement.
ALEKS is entirely web-based and can be used from any computer, even from the comfort of your own home. Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of ALEKS in improving success rates and helping students attain their desired goals.
Northern Kentucky University requires the ALEKS Assessment be taken by entering students who do not already have credit (for example, by transfer, dual-credit, AP, or CLEP) for one of the mathematics or statistics courses listed in NKU’s General Education (Foundation of Knowledge) requirements. These courses are MAT 114, MAT 115, MAT 128, MAT 129, MAT 185, STA 113, STA 205, and STA 212. Entering students without credit for one of these courses must take the ALEKS Assessment.
If a student has earned credit for one of the above courses through transfer or dual-credit coursework or through exams such as AP or CLEP, then the student should ensure that their work has been approved for NKU transfer equivalency before registering for courses. Otherwise, the student will be required to take the ALEKS Assessment before registering.