Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) is an adaptive artificial-intelligence based assessment and learning system that determines the strengths and weaknesses of a student’s mathematical knowledge in real time, reports its findings to the student, and provides the student with a learning environment for improving this knowledge to an appropriate level for course placement.
The ALEKS Math Assessment ensures students’ readiness for particular courses at Loyola. Since these courses are demanding, it is important for students to begin in the course most likely to lead to success. Students will not be permitted to take a course unless they have demonstrated readiness. After completing the initial assessment, which takes approximately 2-3 hours, students who wish to improve their skills may use the included learning modules and then re-take the exam. The assessment will ask up to 30 questions. If you do not complete the assessment in one sitting, you will have 48 hours to complete it before the assessment is reset.
Who must take Aleks?
All entering first-year students without appropriate AP/IB/transfer credit in mathematics are required to take the assessment. Transfer students are required to take the assessment unless they transfer in a college-level (i.e., not developmental) math course with a minimum grade of C.
When do students take ALEKS?
Students need to demonstrate readiness for their scheduled courses via ALEKS assessment prior to the start of classes. Students beginning classes in fall semesters may begin the assessment after May 1. All entering first-year students must take at least one ALEKS Math Assessment before their Summer New Student Orientation.