There is no fee for OSU students taking this exam.
Examinees should contact the Testing Center to arrange an appointment for the ALEKS exam. Walk-ins are accepted, but an appointment is recommended to ensure a computer is available. The ALEKS exam can be taken Monday through Friday during Testing Center hours of operation. Examinees will register for the test when they arrive.
Examinees must present an acceptable photo ID before being permitted to test. Acceptable forms of identification include a driver's license, school I.D., military I.D., health department I.D. or current passport.
Examinees must bring their O-Key account name (not email address), okstate.edu email password and CWID number. Examinees will not be permitted to test without these three pieces of information. To find O-Key username or CWID number, students may log in to O-Key.
ALEKS is a math placement exam designed to construct a profile of a student's knowledge of algebra and trigonometry. An examinee's score on the ALEKS exam will be used to help decie which mathematics courses must be taken in the future. Its purpose is to give students the best possible chance of success by placing them in the courses that are the best match for their abilities.
Examinees should allow two hours of uninterrupted time to take the exam.
A percentage and a pie chart will be generated at the end of the exam. The pie chart shows strengths and weaknesses and the percentage will show which course the examinee places in.
|To be placed in:||Course Description||Math Placement Exam||Minimum Grade of "C"|
|MATH 1483||Mathematical Functions and their Uses||25%|
|MATH 1493||Applications of Modern Mathematics||25%|
|MATH 1513||College Algebra||30%|
|MATH 1613||Trigonometry||50%||Or MATH 1513|
|MATH 2103||Elementary Calculus||50%||Or MATH 1513|
|MATH 2123||Calculus for Technology Programs I||60%||Or MATH 1715 OR 1613|
|MATH 2144||Calculus I||70% or higher||Or MATH 1715 OR 1613|
|MATH 2153||Calculus II||MATH 2144|
|MATH 2163||Calculus III||MATH 2153|
|MATH 2233||Differential Equations||MATH 2153|
Students must wait 24 hours between exam attempts and are permitted no more than five attempts in an 11-month period (including practice exams).
The test is highly reliable, and a student's score is unlikely to change between subsequent testing sessions unless action is taken through using the learning modules in the OSU Math Placement Exam, participation in tutoring sessions or participation in some other type of math refresher activity. Students can access learning modules on the ALEKS website.