ALEKS Math Assessment

Tip: A score of 0 - 35 may require a pre-college math course. We strongly recommend that students take the ALEKS assessment a second time after the initial test and study with the help of the learning modules in ALEKS. Our study shows that, on average, a student improves about 15 points on their second attempt.

Please read through this information prior to taking the exam. The links to log in to the exam are at the bottom of the page.

Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) is IU South Bend's math placement tool. This assessment will provide you and your academic advisor with information on your mathematical strengths and weaknesses. When you register for classes, your advisor will use your ALEKS score to place you in the math course that gives you the best chance for success.

ALEKS can be accessed at any time using any computer with a reliable internet connection. Students need to complete ALEKS at least one week prior to attending New Student Orientation or meeting with an advisor to register for classes.

Who is required to take ALEKS?
Most students are required to take ALEKS. However, you are waived if:

  • You have transferred in a math course from another college or university that is equivalent to a 100-level or above math course at IU South Bend;
  • You took an IU South Bend math course as a high school student and received college credit for it;
  • You received a passing score on an Advanced Placement (AP) exam.
  • You took ALEKS at another college or university within a year.

How long does ALEKS take?
You may take as long as you need to answer the questions, as long as the test is completed within 48 hours of starting. The average completion time is approximately 90 minutes. There are no multiple choice questions. Before you take the test, ALEKS will present a short tutorial on how to enter answers, how to use the graphing utilities, and how to use the built-in calculator that will be offered when appropriate (students should NOT use their own calculator). Take your time with this tutorial and be sure you understand how these features work.

What you need before you begin:

  • You must be admitted to IU South Bend in order to take ALEKS.
  • Your IU computer account username and passphrase. If you need to set up your account, go to Account Management Service. You will be asked to enter your last name, date of birth, and university ID number. You will need to wait 24 - 48 hours after setting up your account before you can access ALEKS.
  • A space conducive to doing your best work.

Academic Integrity
The purpose of the assessment is to give an accurate measure of your current mathematical skills so that you will have a better opportunity to be successful in your courses. There is no benefit to inflating or deflating your abilities on the assessment. While you are taking the assessment, do not consult with any other source for help (friends, family, internet searches, textbooks, etc.), and do your honest best. Use of outside resources may result in you being placed into a course you are not prepared for.

Interpreting your ALEKS Score
The first math course you take will vary, depending on your intended major. Your advisor will help you select the appropriate math course. Please note that you will see your score in ALEKS displayed as a percentage. Do not think of your score in terms of a traditional grading scale. For example, a score of 38%, which may seem like a failing score, actually places you into a college level math course. In most cases, a score of 36 or higher is needed in order to take a college-level course. Thus, if your score is 0-35, we strongly advise working through the learning modules that ALEKS provides and taking the test again.




<10 0-9 Contact the Math Department at (574) 520-4335 or email Dr. Yu Song at for permission.
>=10 10-15 Enhanced Math A100
>=16 >=16 Math A100
>=31 >=31 Math M111
>=36 36-50 Math K300, Math M107, Math M118, Math T101
>=51 51-60 Math M115, Math M125
>=61 61-75 Math K310, Math M126, Math M119
>=76 76-100 Math M215

For information about lower level math course pre-requisites, click on the flow chart here

The ALEKS assessment is valid for one year. You may take the assessment a total of 5 times within a year. The first two times may be taken off-campus. Subsequent attempts must be proctored at IU South Bend. You must wait 48 hours between assessments. After the first attempt, students are required to study the learning modules a minimum of three hours before taking ALEKS a second time (if taking the test a third time, an additional three hours of studying the learning modules is required).

Cost of Exam
$26, billed to your student account. This fee covers the cost of taking the exam up to five times in a one-year time frame and also the learning modules.

Incoming Spring 2017 Students
Click here to take the exam (available November 1, 2016 through October 31, 2017)

Current Students (incoming summer/fall 2016)
Click here to take the exam (available March 1, 2016 through February 28, 2017)

Incoming Summer/Fall 2017 Students
Available March 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018.

IMPORTANT: For students beginning in 2017, do NOT click on the "Current Students" link for the exam. That link expires in February, and if you wanted to retake the exam after that time, you would be charged an additional $26.00. Clicking on the link for the semester you are admitted to gives you up to a full year to take the exam up to 5 times.