Math Placement Tips for Success

  • Be honest. There is no benefit to cheating on the Math Placement Assessment. You do NOT receive credit for a math class. It does NOT satisfy the Quantitative Literacy requirement for graduation. It does NOT waive or satisfy a required math class needed to graduate. The only result will be that you enroll in a class that you are not ready for, potentially costing you time and money.
  • Consider reviewing notes from your last math class, or brush up using online resources prior to starting your placement assessment.
  • Find a space to take the test. Make sure it is quiet and distraction free. You have up to 2 hours to take your assessment, but most students will complete it in 60-90 minutes.
  • Get out some paper and a pencil to work out your questions the old-fashioned way.
  • Use the tutorial once you are logged in to learn how to use the calculator and graphing tools prior to starting.
  • Don’t forget to check your work and answer as many questions as you can.
  • Don’t be surprised if you are asked questions on material you do not know. In these cases it is appropriate to answer “I don’t know.” However, if you are familiar with the topic it is better to do your best and try to submit an answer. There is no penalty for incorrectly answering a question, it only helps ALEKS better understand what you do and do not know.
  • Spend time in the prep and learning module to take advantage of an opportunity to get ahead in your first math or statistics class at VCU—or place into a higher class.