Q: I have already taken a math class (MATH 40, 42, 43, 44) at HSU. May I take the ALEKS test to improve my math placement status?
Q: Can I improve my math placement status using ALEKS only at my home?
No. To change your math placement status, you must:
The placement test covers a broad spectrum of beginning and intermediate algebra material. The ALEKS system is fully automated and the ALEKS assessment is adaptive. The first questions asked will be drawn from across the curriculum, and may be too easy or too hard. As the assessment proceeds, your answers will be used to give the system an idea of your knowledge, and it will gradually focus the questioning in an individually appropriate way. By the end of the assessment you should find the questions generally challenging but reasonable for your individual level of knowledge. The length of the assessment runs from 20-35 questions. The exact number of questions will vary due to the adaptive mechanism just described. It is likely that you will be asked questions on material you have not yet learned. On such questions it is appropriate to answer, "I don't know." On any question that you have familiarity with, however, it is important to do your best. "I don't know" is interpreted by ALEKS to mean that you do not know the topic, and this will be reflected in the assessment results. If you do not do your best on the assessment, ALEKS will underestimate your knowledge.
It is likely that you will be asked questions on material you have not yet learned. On such questions it is appropriate to answer, "I don't know." On any question that you have familiarity with, however, it is important to do your best. "I don't know" is interpreted by ALEKS to mean that you do not know the topic, and this will be reflected in the assessment results. If you do not do your best on the assessment, ALEKS will underestimate your knowledge.
Yes.If you have placed into HSU's Math 115 and you have already taken pre-calculus mathematics in high school, then you can potentially eliminate the need to take Math 115 at HSU by passing the HSU Math Diagnostic Placement Test.
If your high school pre calculus mathematics did not cover trigonometry, then the HSU Math Department does not recommend that you attempt to bypass Math 115.
No. This opportunity is only for incoming students.
No. At this time, ALEKS assessments are available to assist students with placement into courses up to and including Math 115.
You will be periodically prompted by ALEKS to take progress assessments while you are working in your ALEKS course module. You may only take a proctored assessment on the HSU campus in August. Exact dates and times are to be announced.
No. ALEKS is commercial software that is available to the public for a charge. HSU will cover the cost of your initial ALEKS assessments. You are responsible to purchase access to the recommended ALEKS course module. The cost of your final assessment is included in the cost of your ALEKS course module
Developmental math courses (also called remedial math courses) do not count toward degree progress, but they do require text books and count toward university and financial aid unit caps. You can save a substantial amount of time and money by reducing the number of, or eliminating the need to take developmental math courses. The cost of an ALEKS course module is nominal when compared to the cost of taking developmental math courses once you are at HSU.
Q: What percentage score is required to "pass" the ALEKS placement?
The ALEKS assessment will determine your mastery of two levels of math ability: beginning algebra and intermediate algebra. There are different cut off scores that determine passing at each of these levels. The diagram located here explains what scores are required to pass.
The ALEKS tutorial is a brief, interactive training program that teaches you to use some of the basic ALEKS answer input tools, known collectively as the "Answer Editor." Although the Answer Editor is easy to use, the Tutorial will make sure you are proficient with it before using ALEKS.
Your pie illustrates your current level of knowledge in a subject. If you roll your mouse over a "slice" of your pie, you can choose from a list of topics shown in a pop-up window that appears next to the pie slice. Not every slice is available at a given time. As you progress through the material, you will be able to access new topics until you have mastered all of them.
You fill in your pie and achieve mastery in the subject matter by working in the Learning Mode on concepts and skills that the assessment has determined you are most "ready to learn." The goal is to fill in the pie completely.
ALEKS guides you through the specific curriculum your instructor has chosen. After ALEKS assesses your current Knowledge State and your goal, it will determine which topics you are ready to learn next. Other topics may not be available to you yet because ALEKS has determined that you're not yet ready to learn them. ALEKS tries to ensure that you are only learning the topics for which you have demonstrated readiness.
Information on how to contact ALEKS customer support is available at http://www.aleks.com/support