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ALEKS is a powerful, artificial-intelligence-based, adaptive math assessment. Through
delivery of up to 30 questions, this test reveals and reports on the strengths and
weaknesses of your mathematical knowledge and provides you with learning tools for
improving that knowledge.
The ALEKS placement test generally takes between 60 and 90 minutes to complete.
2. Is ALEKS testing currently available at CBC?
Limited face-to-face ALEKS testing is offered on campus. This opportunity is available
for students with current math scores in the system who would like to improve their
placement. Interested students should call or email%20us for more information.
3. How can I prepare for this test?
There are two free and easy methods to study for ALEKS:
1. Visit the ALEKS website and select "Independent Users' to access the best information
and a free trial, including test prep materials.
No, but we've got you covered! During the exam, an online scientific calculator will
become available for your use when permitted.
5. When do I get my results, and how do I know what they mean?
You'll receive your results immediately following your test. Your success in math
is important! We highly recommend discussing your career goals and math placement
with a completion coach in the Counseling and Advising department.
Yes! You may retake the ALEKS test twice within a year of when you first take the
test. After the first exam, you will have access to a customized Prep and Learning
module for one year from the date the module is opened.
There is a mandatory 48 hour “cooling off” period between your first and second attempts
at ALEKS, designed to encourage you to use the Prep and Learning module to prepare
If you plan on retaking your ALEKS exam a second time, you’ll need to spend at least
five hours in your learning module after your first retake attempt before you can
schedule your final test.
7. Do my scores expire?
Yes. ALEKS scores expire one year from the first time you take your test. We will
always use your highest score to determine your placement in math at CBC.
Note: Due to the temporary suspension of ALEKS testing during remote operations, students
with ALEKS scores from April 2019 through March 2020 will be able to use those placement
results through March 2022.
8. Can I receive accommodations for my documented disability when I take this test?
Services for qualified students with disabilities are available! Students who have
documented learning and/or physical disabilities and need to request testing accommodations
by contacting CBC Disability Support Services at 509-452-4412, by%20email or by visiting Room T403 of the T Building before scheduling a placement test.