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ALEKS Math Placement Exam

Why a Mathematics Placement Exam?

The ALEKS placement exam is administered in order to ensure the following:

  1. That you are successful in your first mathematics course at CUC
  2. That you move efficiently toward completing graduation requirements

Taking a course that you are not prepared for can set you back a semester and negatively impact your GPA. Taking a course you do not need is a waste of your time.

Who must take the placement exam?

All entering first-year students or transfers that still need a mathematics course to complete their program must take a proctored, on-campus administration of the exam. If your AP scores or transfer credits have not yet been received by CUC at the time of your scheduled Jump Start, you will need to take the ALEKS assessment.

What is ALEKS?

ALEKS is a computer-based, responsive exam that asks different questions based upon your responses to previous questions. In this way ALEKS can zero in on your strengths and weaknesses and find the best first course in mathematics to suit your needs.  The beauty of the ALEKS product is that it includes the option of practice modules that will help you improve your placement or help you do better in the course you take.

When do I take the placement exam?

The official placement exam is administered in a computer lab on campus in a proctored environment as part of the Jump Start orientation program.

How can I prepare for the placement exam?

Take a practice exam at home and work in the ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules (PPL). You are encouraged to work for the highest placement possible by reviewing and sharpening your skills. To do this you begin by taking a practice placement exam online at home. After taking the exam, you will be given a list of online learning modules you can work through before you arrive at Jump Start orientation. The official placement will be determined by performance on the proctored exam administered during Jump Start. Learn more about taking the practice assessment at home

How can I improve my score on a proctored re-take of the exam?

In order to retake the exam in a proctored environment you must work at least eight hours in the ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules (PPL). You will access the modules through Concordia Connect the same way you accessed the exam during Jump Start.

When can I take re-take a proctored exam?

Only a proctored on-campus exam score counts toward placement. If you have worked eight hours in the PPL, you may re-take the exam on campus. Please contact Dr. Mary Goetting, Math Department chair, at for a list of dates available for a re-take.