What is ALEKS?

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:

  • An initial Placement Assessment, with recommendations for appropriate NKU courses
  • The Prep and Learning Module, which provides an individualized, self-paced online review
  • Access to two additional Placement Assessments within a one-year period

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.