ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) is a web-based assessment system that uses artificial intelligence to create an adaptive test in order to determine your mathematical knowledge ranging from basic Algebra to pre-calculus. The ALEKS Assessment covers a broad range of material from basic Algebra to Pre-calculus.

  • Deadline

    You are strongly encouraged to complete the MPA as early as possible. However, you must complete the Math Placement Assessment at least two weeks before your scheduled Blazer Beginnings session.

  • What You Need
    • A computer with a web camera
    • A reliable internet connection
    • A current photo ID (ex: driver’s license, passport, state issued ID, etc.)
    • Your BlazerID and password
    • Roughly two hours of uninterrupted work time
    • A pencil and blank paper
    • A space conducive to doing your best work

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    If you do not have access to reliable internet or a computer, you may take the Math Placement Assessment on campus. Please contact Testing Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule.

  • Expectations

    There is no benefit to inflating or deflating your abilities on the ALEKS math assessment. Incorrect placement can delay graduation and negatively affect your GPA. Dishonest work on this assessment causes many problems, including placement into a course that is not appropriate for your current level of knowledge which would likely result in a low or failing grade in that course.

    • Be honest.
    • Complete the exam on your own.
    • Do not use books, other materials, the Internet, or consult with anyone during the exam.
    • Do not use a calculator. ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. You will only see the online calculator when a calculator is allowed.

    Cheating is a violation of UAB’s Academic Integrity Code.

  • What to Anticipate

    Plan to complete the assessment in a single one- to two-hour sitting.

    The ALEKS placement assessment uses a Lockdown Browser. Your browser will be “locked down” so that you are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications until you complete the assessment.

    This placement assessment also uses Respondus Monitor proctoring. This system requires a working webcam.

    You will answer up to 30 questions. There are no multiple choice questions.

    Once you've begun the Math Placement Assessment, you have two and half hours to complete it. You cannot save your place and come back to the test.

    Before you take the assessment, ALEKS will present a short tutorial on how to enter answers, how to use the graphing utilities, and how to use the built-in calculator.

  • How to Interpret Your Scores



    ALEKS score

    MA 102

    Intermediate Algebra

    30 - 45

    MA 105

    Pre-Calculus Algebra

    46 - 60

    MA 106

    Pre-Calculus Trigonometry

    61 - 67

    MA 107

    Calculus Algebra/Trigonometry

    68 - 75

    MA 110

    Finite Mathematics

    30 - 45

    MA 180


    46 - 60

    MA 418


    46 - 60

    MA 125

    Calculus I

    76 - 100

  • Getting Started (please read ALL steps)
    1. When you are ready to take the exam, log into BlazerNET using your Blazer ID and password, and click on "Math/English Placement Assessment." You will have two and half hours to take this test.
    2. ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial to make sure you are comfortable with the navigation tools before your Placement Assessment begins. The tutorial shows you how to enter different types of answers, how to use the ALEKS calculator, and how to graph. If you aren't sure how to input an answer, or need help while you are taking the ALEKS Placement Assessment, select the "Help" button below the answer pallet tools. Going to the tutorial during your Placement Assessment will NOT impact your Placement Assessment results.

    3. The ALEKS placement assessment uses Lockdown Browser. After you finish the tutorial, ALEKS will ask you to download Lockdown Browser. Even if you have previously downloaded Lockdown Browser for a course or assignment, you will still need to download this version as it is unique to ALEKS Placement Assessment. If you have any issues, please refer to our FAQs below.

    4. This placement assessment also uses Respondus Monitor. This system requires a working webcam. Again, if you have any questions in regards to this please see our FAQs.

  • Disability Accommodations

    If you would like to request accommodations due to disability, please contact UAB Disability Support Services for assistance.

    UAB Disability Support Services
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    (205) 934-4205 (voice)
    (205) 934-4248 (TDD)

Frequently Asked Questions


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