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.
  • 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. 



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.