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
  • 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

All other resources are provided by ALEKS.

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. 

You should NOT use other resources such as friends, books, or websites other than the ALEKS website.

What should I do after the initial assessment?

The choice depends on the baseline score you received. If the score is high enough to place you into your desired MAT/STA course (see placement chart), then sign-up for a proctored test via ProctorU.

If your score did not place you into the MAT/STA course you needed, then select a Prep & Learning Module to brush-up on topics to help improve your score. Recommendations on which learning module to select can be found hereStudies have shown that working 6-8 hours in a learning module can improve your score an average of 15 points - this increase in score will help improve your placement.

Can I retake the ALEKS Assessment?

Yes, you may take a total of 2 proctored Placement Assessments within a 12 month period. Before taking the 3rd assessment, though, you will need to spend a minimum of 5 hours working in the selected Prep and Learning Module selected in order to improve your skills. Most students improve their scores with each subsequent assessment.