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Viewing ALEKS Scores

Minimum ALEKS scores were derived from analysis of the specific skills needed to meet the objectives outlined in course descriptions and syllabi. These scores suggest basic readiness for successful completion of a course.

Since mathematical skills are cumulative, a student cannot master higher-order skills without first demonstrating mastery of more basic skills.

Student View

Upon completing an assessment, students see their placement result, a pie chart showing the extent to which skills were mastered, and links to learning modules and to Loyola’s ALEKS information.

Student View Scores

Students can access this screen by following the ALEKS Math Assessment link in the Admissions Status Portal.

Adviser View

Academic advisers can see an individual student’s score via SIS and LORA. This view shows all scores and the corresponding placement. Highest score is used for placement and prerequisite checks.

Selecting Courses

Courses and their corresponding ALEKS scores are given below, organized by degree. Students are not permitted to enroll in courses without the required ALEKS score.

Science/Math Majors

ALEKS Score Placement
0-45 Math A092 Fundamentals of Algebra
46-75 Math A118 Precalculus
76-100 Math A257 Calculus I

 

Non-Science/Non-Math Majors

ALEKS Score Placement
0-45 Math A092 Fundamentals of Algebra
46-75 Math T122 Math Models
76-100 Exemption from Math T122

 

Business Majors

ALEKS Score Placement
0-45 Math A092 Fundamentals of Algebra
46-75 Math A115 Finite Mathematics
61-100 Math A116 Survey of Calculus
76-100 Exemption from Math A115

 

Miscellaneous Courses

ALEKS Score Placement
46-100 Cosc A211 Intro to Programming I
61-100

Math A200 Intro to Linear Algebra

61-100 Math A260 Statistical Inference for Scientists
76-100 Decs B205 Business Statistics

 

Improving Scores

After the first assessment, students may use ALEKS learning modules to improve their skills. According to ALEKS national statistics, students who spend 10-15 hours in a learning module reviewing math topics show the greatest gains. Students who use the learning modules may see a 5-7 point increase from their first assessment.

To begin a learning module, students should log on to the Admissions Status Portal and follow the ALEKS Math Assessment link to return to the ALEKS Assessment. Students then click the Start button in the Improve your knowledge in a Prep and Learning Module box to begin or return to a learning module.

ALEKS directs students to the module that will allow them to make the most immediate gains in skills. Once a learning module is started, the student may continue to access the module for up to six months. The student may retake the assessment after spending a minimum of five hours in the learning module. The student has three additional attempts at the assessment (four total), each with the minimum required time spent on learning modules beforehand.

ALEKS monitors student progress and sets deadlines for continuing access to learning modules and retests.

The final deadline to retake the assessment is the Last Day to Add.

Who Should Use ALEKS

All entering first-year students* are required to take the assessment. Transfer students are required to take assessment unless they transfer in a college-level (i.e., not developmental) math course with a minimum grade of C.

*Students with appropriate examination or transfer credit are not required to take the assessment.

Examination Credit

Exam & Score Credit
IB Math HL score of 5 or above 3 credits for Math A115
AP Exams Please consult AP Examination Credit Chart

 

Additionally, students with a score of 3 in AP Calculus or Statistics are exempted from Math A122/A115.

Support

Questions about the ALEKS assessment can be directed to Dr. Patrick Corbin, pmcorbin@loyno.edu.