ALEKS Program

Correct mathematics placement and preparation are essential for your success, plus it can save you time and money. While ACT or Accuplacer test scores are useful, both have limitations that may cause you to be placed in a math class above or below your current abilities. 

The College of Science and Engineering offers ALEKS, a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system that: 

  • Quickly and accurately determines exactly what mathematics you know
  • Provides a tailor-made learning module to strengthen identified weaknesses
  • Prepares you for your upcoming math class

All students in the College of Science and Engineering who are taking their first college math class at WSU are encouraged to use the ALEKS program to verify their math placement. 

Join the ALEKS Program

Create an Account

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Go to the ALEKS website
  2. Select the option to “Sign Up | New Student?”
  3. Enter the course code: 9RTL6-DLYLX
  4. Set up your ALEKS account using your full legal name and Star ID number
  5. Follow the remaining instructions

There is a $25 fee that you will pay online with a credit card.

Take the Assessment 

When you begin the program, you take an initial assessment to determine your strengths and weaknesses. This assessment will not determine your grade in any way. 

It is important to take the assessment seriously and give it your best effort, so the assessment truly reflects your level of knowledge and math preparedness.

There is no benefit to cheating on the assessment. If you do cheat, you will likely register for a math class that is too difficult which could result in a failing grade, lost time, and wasted money.

You can take the assessment anywhere you have a computer and an Internet connection. This is not a proctored test. You take it on your own.

Find a place where you can concentrate and won’t be interrupted.

There are a maximum of 30 questions and most students finish the assessment in about 90 minutes.

Do not rush. Give the assessment your best effort. Once you start the assessment you will have 48 hours to finish the assessment.

If you don’t finish the assessment in the time allowed, you will have to restart the assessment from the beginning.

ALEKS will provide an online calculator for problems requiring a calculator.

Do not use any other calculator while taking the assessment. You may use scratch paper and a pen or pencil.

Do not consult any other source for help including friends, family, notes, textbooks, and Internet searchers.

Start Class Modules

A beginning class will be suggested and an appropriate learning module will become available to you. 

You will be given a chance to work on any weaknesses before you begin class. 

The learning module will be available for 6 months once you begin work in the module. 

Interpret Your ALEKS Score

After your initial assessment you will be given a score that indicates which WSU course is best for your current skills.

ALEKS Assessment ScoreSuggested Course
0-45 Math 050 - Intermediate Algebra
46-60 Math 115 - College Algebra
61-75Math 120 - Precalculus
76-100Math 212 - Calculus I

Improve Your Score 

You can re-take up to 5 assessments within 12 months to try to improve your score. 

You must wait at least 48 hours between assessments and spend at least 3 hours working in your prep and learning module.

Contact the Math & Statistics Department
Mathematics & Statistics Department
152 Gildemeister Hall


Chris Malone
Department Chair


Email Chris Malone