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:
After completing an initial unproctored 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 Placement Assessment in a proctored environment and improve their placement. Only proctored assessments may be used for placement into NKU courses.
ALEKS is entirely web-based and can be used from any computer, even from the comfort of your own home. The proctored assessment will require a webcam. Numerous studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of ALEKS in improving success rates and helping students attain their desired goals.
ALEKS provides both excellent assessment and personalized learning tools giving students the ability to improve their initial placement into MAT/STA coursework. The following groups of students may find ALEKS particularly helpful:
Access to ALEKS is $25, paid online with a credit card. Proctoring is done via ProctorU for a charge of $10 per assessment. Only proctored assessment may be used for placement into NKU courses.
When using ALEKS, the goal is to place a student in the most appropriate course given their math background. The $35 charge (assuming one proctored assessment) is much less costly than potentially repeating coursework if you are underprepared.