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Frequently Asked Questions

After the ALEKS Assessment

How can I find my ALEKS score?

You can find your score on the ALEKS assessment in several ways:
  • On myZou:
    Scores on the ALEKS assessment are posted to myZou on the next business day. Students can access their score on myZou under the Student Center. Select Academics, then use the dropdown menu to select "Student Academic Profile". Press "Run", and it will send a .pdf file to your student email address that will display all of your test results. The ALEKS assessment score will be listed as "CALEKS2". (For assessments taken prior to 2/15/13, scores are listed as "CALEKS".)

  • On ALEKS:
    Immediately after completing the ALEKS assessment, you will be shown a pie chart which indicates your % score (Placement Result) on the ALEKS assessment. You can log back in to ALEKS to view the pie chart at a later time, and you will be able to view each of your assessment results (up to 5 total).

I have earned the minimum ALEKS score for my math course. What do I do now?

Congratulations! Continue to use your Prep and Learning Module to improve your chances for success. The placement result above is the minimum preparation required for your course! Take advantage of the targeted review and learning features in ALEKS to get a better grade in your class.

To enroll in your math course:
  • If you are an incoming freshman/transfer student who has not yet attended Summer Welcome: There is nothing you need to do. Your adviser will be able to view your ALEKS score and will assist you in enrolling in your courses during Summer Welcome.

  • If you plan to enroll yourself in your math course: Login to myZou to complete your registration. Note that it takes one business day for your ALEKS score to be available in myZou. If you have waited one business day and you are still unable to enroll, please contact the Math Office at (573) 882-6221 for assistance.

What if I do not place into the course I wanted?

You can use the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module to review and learn, and you may take another placement assessment to improve your placement result.

What if I only missed the minimum score by a few points?

The Math Department has strict prerequisite requirements for our courses, and we are unwilling to lower the minimum score for placement into a course. The good news is that spending time in the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module will most likely allow you to increase your score on your next assessment, and will also help to prepare you for your upcoming math course.

My degree program requires that I start with a particular Math course. What if I place lower than that? Does that mean I can't graduate in 4 years?

Whether or not you can graduate in 4 years depends both on your major and your particular math placement—many students do not place directly into their required math course, yet are able to graduate in 4 years. For example, your academic adviser may help you develop an alternate schedule, in which some of your electives or general education courses are reordered. You might also catch up with credits from a summer course. The most important thing is to discuss your options with your academic advisor, instead of simply delaying your math course.

Also, remember that time spent in the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module may help you to improve your course placement while also preparing you for your upcoming math course.

I earned an ALEKS score of 66% or higher when I took the assessment (non-proctored). Since my major doesn't require me to take any higher-level Math courses, am I exempt from College Algebra?

No. An exemption is based on ACT or SAT Math scores, as outlined here. If you do not already have credit for Math 1100, you can try to take the Proctored ALEKS Exam in order to receive credit for Math 1100. Otherwise, you will have to take College Algebra.