Testing

Math Placement Testing Preparation, Test Day, and Retesting

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Preparing for the ALEKS Assessment (or Math Placement Test)

It may be to your advantage to review for the Math Placement Test.

This list of links can help you BEFORE your first ALEKS assessment (or Math Placement Test).

The math placement test could cover the following areas:

  • Numerical skills/pre-algebra
  • Beginning algebra/intermediate algebra
  • College algebra
  • Trigonometry

It is your responsibility to read all test policies. You may visit the optional math review sites listed above prior to taking your initial ALEKS Math Placement Test. Please note: The online review sites above are provided only for your convenience. We very strongly recommend you complete your initial ALEKS Math Placement Test as early as possible, with or without visiting the optional review sites.

Only AFTER your first on-campus, proctored Math Placement Test, will you gain access to individualized practice modules called Prep and Learning. ALEKS Prep and Learning is the most effective learning tool you can use to possibly improve your overall ALEKS performance or Math Placement Level. After your proctored test, you should receive a supplemental handout explaining how to access Prep and Learning. Hands-on work in your personalized ALEKS Prep and Learning modules is required before you may take advantage of any allowable retests to re-validate or to improve your performance before starting your Math Pathway.


Test Day: When to Arrive and What to Bring

Arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your test. Please bring a digital or hard copy of your registration confirmation email and two pencils. You will also need your official photo ID (passport, driver's license, state or government-issued ID, or school ID) and your Wright State Campus credentials.

IMPORTANT: Please bring ALL Campus Credentials to each scheduled test.  As of 11/20/2018, you must use your Wright State Campus username (w001abc) and password to log in.  It is also helpful to have your UID and PIN available as additional credentials may help prepare you to start your test.

Dayton Campus Test Locations

Math Placement Tests are proctored in different computer labs and at different times. Check your confirmation email so that you report to the correct room. Note: If you arrive over 30 minutes late, you may not be admitted.

Lake Campus Test Locations

Please call (419) 586-0300 to confirm your test time and location.

Test Environment

Children are not permitted in the testing room. Please make appropriate childcare arrangements to allow you to focus on academics. Also, to maintain comfortable & secure test environment, we might ask you to place certain items (backpacks, coats, hats, etc.) in a designated area to keep test area clear of personal belongings. Please limit what you bring as we cannot be responsible for lost items.

Finally, please do not bring a calculator. The ALEKS Math Placement Test provides an on-screen calculator for certain problems but not others. When you are not given access to the ALEKS calculator, you may work out problems on scrap paper, which will be provided.
 


ALEKS Prep and Learning (Retesting Requirement)

After your supervised ALEKS assessment, you should receive a printout of your ALEKS score along with a handout called "What does my ALEKS score mean?" Your handout will contain instructions so that you may access your personalized ALEKS Prep and Learning modules.

At Wright State, we have found that if you use your personalized access to ALEKS Prep and Learning in a timely fashion, you are likely to improve your overall placement test performance. In addition, strategic use of ALEKS Prep and Learning may help you to prepare for courses you plan to take in your next term.

Please note: You cannot access ALEKS Prep and Learning before taking an official proctored test.

Required:  You must complete at least 3 full hours of "hands-on" ALEKS Prep and Learning between each allowable retest. Use your Wright State UID (U00******) and PIN to access ALEKS Prep and Learning. NOTE: As of 11/20/2018, you must use your Wright State Campus username (w001abc) and password to access your Prep and Learning.

If you do not know your Campus username or UID or have trouble logging on, please call the Help Desk at (937) 775-4827 (toll-free at 1-888-775-4827) or visit 025 Library Annex.

Finally, if you plan to retest, you must update your online registration.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

    You must wait 48 hours between placement assessments. There is generally no benefit to re-taking the assessment immediately after completing a prior attempt. Unlike the SAT or ACT, you cannot improve your results by simply re-taking the assessment without spending time in the Prep and Learning Module to refresh material that you may have forgotten or to learn new material.

  • Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment immediately?

    You must wait 48 hours between placement assessments. There is generally no benefit to re-taking the assessment immediately after completing a prior attempt. Unlike the SAT or ACT, you cannot improve your results by simply re-taking the assessment without spending time in the Prep and Learning Module to refresh material that you may have forgotten or to learn new material.

  • Must I work in my ALEKS Prep and Learning Module between placement assessments?

    Yes. You must do at least 3 hours of Prep and Learning (P&L) in your Testing Services ALEKS cohort (or class) between each allowable re-test. If you do not complete at least 3 full hours of P&L between retests, ALEKS will not permit you to take a re-test until those hours have been recorded.

    Remember: New test-takers do not have access to the ALEKS Prep and Learning modules before the initial ALEKS assessment. You need to take the initial proctored assessment with Testing Services first. Then you may retest to improve your score if you complete 3 full hours of P&L between each allowable retest.