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How do I take the ALEKS Assessment?


First Steps

  • Sign into ALEKS (click gold 'Click here to take your ALEKS Assessment' button below) using your NKU username & password. This is the ONLY way to access the NKU ALEKS Assessment. You will not be able to access the correct exam by entering the main ALEKS website.
  • Purchase access for $25 using a credit card. 
  • Complete the first assessment un-proctored to get a baseline score. This score will not place you into a course - you will need a proctored score for course placement
  • Select the appropriate learning module and brush-up on content. 


Once you have completed the initial assessment and your learning modules, you will then need to repeat the test proctored through ProctorU, which will require the use of a web-cam. Only proctored assessments may be used for placement into NKU courses. 


Next Steps

  • Create an account on ProctorU and sign-up for a proctored testing time. 
  • Pay the $10 proctoring fee using a credit card. 
  • Complete the the placement test - this score can be used for placement into mathematics & statistics courses. 

For ProctorU Technical Support, call 1-855-772-8678 and press option 2. 



Ready to sign-up for ALEKS and take the initial Assessment?

You will need the following:

  • Your NKU username (e.g., smithg84) and password
  • A credit card for the $25 charge to purchase access code
  • A pencil and some paper
  • A computer with reliable internet connection and an updated web browser.  (Detailed system requirements are available at For questions about system requirements, refer to the Customer Support link at the same web site.)
  • 2-3 hours of time (although many students require less than 90 minutes)
  • An environment conducive to doing your best work

You should NOT use your own calculator. ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator for certain problems if one is needed. This is the only tool that will be available when you take the placement exam in the proctored environment.



Ready to take the proctored placement test? 

First, do the following: 

  • Create an account on ProctorU
  • Sign-up for a proctored testing time at least 72 hours in advance*. The proctored exam can be taken from any location using a computer with a webcam. The placement test is not completed at Testing Services.
  • Pay, via credit card, the $10 proctoring charge

*For an increased fee, appointments can be made earlier than 72 hours if ProctorU has appointments available for a quicker turnaround. 


On the day of your placement exam, you will need:

  • access to a computer with a high-speed Internet connection & a webcam (note: Chromebooks and tablets cannot be used)
  • a clear work area 
  • a photo I.D. to verify your identity
  • 3 pieces of scratch paper and a pencil 


At the time of your proctored testing appointment, you'll need to be logged into both your ALEKS Assessment account, as well as your ProctorU account. Your proctor will provide the code/password to begin your exam. To access your ALEKS Assessment account, please click the gold box above. 


For ProctorU Technical Support, call 1-855-772-8678 and press option 2.


For more details on what to expect with ProctorU, see the following video: