Florida State University Mathematics ALEKS Pretest

ALEKS is the recommended method for mathematics placement at Florida State,

and at about $25, it is cheaper than taking the CLEP. New students taking a course with MAC prefix below MAC 2312 are required to take ALEKS.

Here is the new student FAQ on ALEKS

ALEKS is a "placement tool", if you got a D/F in MAC1105 you cannot use ALEKS (or CLEP) to jump into MAC1140, you must repeat MAC1105. If you have taken and passed MAC 1105, you cannot use ALEKS (or CLEP) to jump over MAC 1140 and MAC 1114 to go into MAC 2311 without the permission of the Mathematics Department Chair. Also ALEKS scores usually expire after 12 months, unless they are given an extension by the Mathematics Department Chair.

ALEKS is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. (This means DO NOT use the back button.) It uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what you know, don't know, and are ready to learn. This means that the ALEKS assessment is unique for every student and will expose your particular strengths and weaknesses. After completing the ALEKS assessment, you will get a detailed pie chart (see below) of your current mathematical knowledge, and will have the opportunity to refresh on mathematical topics in a Learning Module to help you prepare for your courses.

Follow the steps below to complete the PreTest in ALEKS and enroll in a Mathematics course at FSU. Be sure to read all directions completely.

  1. Take the Placement Test.
  2. Interpret your score.
  3. Use the Learning Module.
  4. Retake the Placement Test (if necessary).
  5. Speak to your academic advisor about which math course to take.
  6. Register for classes.
  7. Use additional resources and contact information as needed.

Step 1: Take the placement test.

ALEKS can be accessed at any time using a campus computer (lab hours will vary) or personal computer (with internet access and the most recent version of Java). If using a personal computer, check that you meet the system requirements. The assessment consists of 25 to 30 questions, and average completion time is about 90 minutes. You will have 48 hours to complete the assessment; if not completed at this time, that assessment will become unavailable, and ALEKS will provide a new assessment. ALEKS automatically saves all progress, so the assessment does not have to be completed in one sitting, and can be reaccessed anytime within the 48 hour period by simply logging back in.

ALEKS does not use multiple choice, but instead uses input tools in which you type or graph your answer. Before beginning the assessment, ALEKS will walk you through a quick tutorial on how to use the system, including: inputing your answers, using the graphing tool, and using the calculator provided. DO NOT use the back button.

We understand that it may have been a while since taking mathematics, so you may need to refresh on some topics before enrolling in a Mathematics course at FSU. After taking the initial assessment, you will have the opportunity to use a Learning Module within ALEKS to refresh on mathematical topics unique to your results. This will not only help you to place into your preferred Mathematics course, but will also make you more likely to succeed in that course.

It's important that you use only the resources provided by ALEKS. You should not use any textbooks, websites, friends, or family, nor a personal calculator (ALEKS will provide a calculator, as needed). Non-permitted use of these resources may gain you entry into a course for which you are not prepared; leading to failure, wasting time/money, and causing a delay in degree completion.

You will need an ALEKS account, and the 10-character Class Code for "Florida State University ALEKS Testing". The Class Code is available in the email that you received from FSU about the ALEKS test. If you are unable to locate the email, please contact the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) at ace@admin.fsu.edu or (850) 645-0852.

You will need an ALEKS account, Your first time, use the new user "sign-up now" to create the account: (Use your fsu email address (like abc15@my.fsu.edu or ab15c@my.fsu.edu) as the email address) ALEKS login If using a personal computer, ALEKS will first install a plug-in. For technical support, contact ALEKS Support. Here are sample details: Here is what the ALEKS registration looks like. You will need a credit card to purchase the 20 character ALEKS Access Code.

Step 2: Interpret your score

After you've completed an assessment, you will see a detailed pie chart of your topic mastery, called MyPie, and your score as a percentage. Below are the courses you are eligible to enroll in based on your score. For your records, print your results and write in the course(s) you're eligible to take based on the table below. Use this document during your orientation, advising sessions, and/or registration.

ALEKS score Trig Subscore Course Placement
76%-100% 56% or higher MAC 2311 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
76%-100% 41%-55% Recommended that student take MAC 1114 Trigonometry before MAC 2311 or petition the math department to take MAC 1114 concurrently with MAC2311
76%-100% Less than 41% Must take MAC 1114 Trigonometry before MAC 2311 or petition the math department to take MAC 1114 concurrently with MAC2311
61%-75% MAC 1114 Trigonometry, MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra or MAC 2233 Business Calculus
46%-60% MAC 1105 College Algebra, MGF 1106 Liberal Arts Math or MGF 1107 Practical Math
45% or below Non-remediated students can still register for MAC 1105 College Algebra, MGF 1106 Liberal Arts Math or MGF 1107 Practical Math and they can use the learning modules to get up to speed. Have a conversation with your advisor about math and your career expectations.

Note: It is possible to enroll in courses below your score range.

Step 3: Use a Learning Module

Using a Learning Module in ALEKS:

Meeting the cutoff score for your preferred course is a great start, but does not guarantee success. Using a Learning Module will increase your preparation for the course, making you more likely to succeed and ensuring long-term mathematical success. Additionally, a Learning Module can (and must) be used before retaking the placement test to help maximize your score increase and likelihood of placing into your preferred course. At least 5 hours must be spent in a Learning Module before retaking the placement test, but the more time spent, the higher the likelihood of course placement and course success. Once you begin a Learning Module, you will have access for 6 months. As you answer questions, you'll see your MyPie fill up, and ALEKS may reassess you from time to time to ensure you have retained the topic information (Note: any reassessments in a Learning Module does not count as a retake and will not be recorded in the student information system. See Step 4 for retaking the assessment.) Click here for tips on using a Learning Module.

Step 4: Retake the placement test (if necessary)

The reassessment will become available 48 hours after your previous assessment so you can have time to study. To help you study, you must also spend at least 5 hours in a Learning Module before retaking the placement test. The placement test can be retaken up to four times. After you've retaken the placement test, go back to Step 2.

Step 5: Speak to your academic advisor about which math course to take.

Work with you academic advisor at new student orientation to determine which math course would be best to take in your first semester. Your math placement will be based on a number of factors, including your ALEKS score, your major and your overall math confidence.

Step 6: Enroll in a Mathematics course.

Once your registration window opens, based on the Registration Schedule, you can enroll in the course(s) you and your academic advisor determined would be best.

Step 7: Additional resources and contact information.

  1. There is tutoring available through: ACE Tutoring
  2. For technical support, contact ALEKS Support.