The assessment will reopen on October 7,2024 for the Spring 2025 Semester
Please note: This assessment replaces the UNT CANVAS Math Placement Test
The University of North Texas has implemented the ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) Assessment to determine readiness for mathematics courses. ALEKS PPL is a web-based program that uses artificial intelligence to map a student's strengths and weaknesses.
ALEKS will be most useful to new UNT students in degree programs in Mathematics, Science, Engineering, Economics (BS), and students who plan to take science/engineering calculus (Math 1710,1810). If you are a continuing UNT student who has already taken a mathematics course at UNT, you will usually want to enroll in a mathematics course in consultation with your advisor based on how you did in your previous mathematics course.
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE ALEKS PPL?
ALEKS online placement to determines your mathematics placement for a UNT mathematics course you plan to take in FALL 2024/SPRING 2025.
HOW LONG and HOW MANY QUESTIONS IS THE ALEKS PPL?
The Assessment is up to 30 questions and generally takes 45 - 90 minutes to complete. At the end of the ALEKS PPL Assessment, you, the student will have a much better sense of your strengths and weaknesses in math.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE I COMPLETE THE ALEKS PPL?
After the Assessment, an individualized prep and learning module is available for students to refresh their knowledge on forgotten topics. Students then have the opportunity to reassess and improve their placement.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR MY SCORE TO UPDATE TO STUDENT RECORD?
Student's record/math group will update in 24-48 business hours, then they can register for their appropriate math course.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE ACCESS TO MY REVIEW MATERIAL?
Students will have access to their individual review material for 1 calendar year.
WHEN SHOULD I TAKE THE ALEKS PPL?
Students should complete the assessment at least 2-3 days prior to attending new student orientation or meeting with an advisor to register for classes.
IS THERE A COST FOR THE ALEKS PPL?
There is no cost for the ALEKS PPL if you have been accepted to the University of North Texas.
WHERE CAN I TAKE THE ALEKS PPL?
You can take the ALEKS PPL over the internet, at home (or any other location convenient to you). You can also take the ALEKS PPL in our Math Placement & Testing Center, located in the General Academic Building in room 443. You do not need to schedule an appointment. The center is open for testing Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-2:00PM. *Please note the center is not open on days the University is closed.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED TO TAKE THE ALEKS ONLINE PPL AT HOME?
A webcam is required for ALEKS, so you must have access to a computer with a webcam in order to make use of ALEKS PPL.
WHAT SOFTWARE DO I NEED TO TAKE THE ALEKS PPL AT HOME?
Before you take your first scheduled knowledge check, you will be asked to download and install the Respondus Lockdown Browser.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO TAKE THE ALEKS PPL?
- If you already have college credit for calculus or precalculus as a result of AP credit, IB, dual credit, or other transfer credit, then you do NOT need to take ALEKS PPL.
You must be TSI complete to take the ALEKS PPL. ALEKS PPL cannot be used to become TSI complete in math. If you are not yet TSI complete in math, you should consult with the learning center before attempting ALEKS PPL.
ALEKS PLACEMENT SIGN-UP INSTRUCTIONS
- Go to: https://www.aleks.com/sign_up
- Click on New Student/Sign Up
- Input the Course Code VPMQ3-EN633
- Select "confirm" on Class Information Page
- Select "Not Used Before"
- Enter your personal information as required
- Input your 8-digit UNT ID number
- Input your UNT email (yourname@my.unt.edu)
- Show the webcam your valid picture ID from UNT, state identification, or US passport
- Create your password
- Write down your login name
- Select the link in Class Module
- Password "MATH123"
- Select "Get Started"
- Complete the short survey
- Select "Get started" to the introduction Course and complete the introduction course (this is not the test).
- Select "Get Started" to begin the test
- Launch Lockdown browser
- Agree to instructions
- Read all steps
- Begin Exam
RULES FOR ALEKS PPL
- The Aleks PPL Assessment can be taken two times.
- There is a wait time of 48 hours before you can retry the test with 2 hours of review before it will allow you to take the test.
- The Aleks PPL Assessment expires in 365 days.
- Students cannot take the Aleks Placement Assessment as a substitute for a failed class or a class in which they have dropped.
ALEKS PPL SCORE= WHAT MATH GROUP AND COURSE?
SCORE |
MATH GROUP |
COURSES YOU CAN TAKE |
0-59% |
Math Group 1 |
MTH 1100 (College Algebra) MTH 1580 (Survey of Math) MTH 1680 (College Math for Business) |
60-74% |
Math Group 2 |
MTH 1190 (Business Calculus) MTH 1650 (Pre -Calculus) MTH 1600 (Trigonometry) |
75-100% |
Math Group 3 |
MTH 1710 (Calculus) |
*Those that score 75%-79% are encouraged to enroll in MTH 1810 instead of 1710. They are both still math group 3 and worth the same in credits. Math 1810 provides a 4-semester path through the Calculus sequence whereas 1710 is a 3-semester path
DOES ALEKS PPL HAVE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH ACCESSIBILITY NEEDS?
Yes. If you have special accommodations, please email the Math Placement Coordinator, Tonya King, at tonya.king@unt.edu and send a detailed email on the accommodations needed. Please make sure to include your UNT Student ID number.