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ALEKS is an online placement assessment, not a test. The difference is that a placement assessment is designed to identify if you are prepared for a specific science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics courses/programs at A&M-Texarkana. Furthermore, the placement assessment offers an accurate measure of your current mathematical skills so that you will be successful in your course(s).  The most important thing is that you take the assessment seriously and give it an honest effort so that the assessment truly reflects your level of knowledge and math preparedness.

ALEKS adaptive system that covers a broad spectrum of mathematics topics. The length of the placement assessment for A&M-Texarkana is two (2) hours and can be up to 30 questions. After the Placement Assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning module is available for you to review and learn material so that you can improve placement and eventual course outcomes.  You have two (2) additional opportunities to improve your placement assessment if you choose.  

On August 10, 2020, the Testing Center will be open for face-to-face exam administration ONLY for A&M-Texarkana students.  We will be operating at less than 50% capacity, and appointments are MANDATORY.  For the health and safety of the staff and other examinees, we ask that if you are ill or have been exposed to COVID-19 that you do not schedule an appointment OR that you cancel or reschedule your existing testing appointment by calling the Testing Center directly.

Face masks (coverings) in Testing Center, common areas, such as hallways, restrooms, and lobbies are MANDATORY.  If you come without a face mask, you will be unable to enter the Testing Center and turned away with no refund.  Examinees MUST wear a face mask and/or gloves into the examination room.

The Testing Center is taking extra precautions by sanitizing workstations between each examinee and will be practicing social distancing.  Please review COVID-19 Student Guide for campus guidelines.

Topics covered:

  • Real numbers (including fractions, integers, and percentages)
  • Equations and inequalities (including linear equations, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations, and quadratic equations)
  • Linear and quadratic functions (including graphs and functions, linear functions, and parabolas)
  • Exponents and polynomials (including integer exponents, polynomial arithmetic, factoring, and polynomial equations)
  • Rational expressions (including rational equations and rational functions)
  • Radical expressions (including higher roots and rational exponents)
  • Exponentials and logarithms (including function compositions and inverse functions, properties of logarithms, and logarithmic equations)
  • Geometry and trigonometry (including perimeter, area, and volume, coordinate geometry, trigonometric functions, and identities and equations)

***NO Calculators are permitted during the placement (proctored) assessment.

Face-To-Face Instructions

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Online Virtual Remote Proctoring Instructions

ALEKS is also offered online virtual remotely using Respondus Monitor.  Please follow the below instructions and links to complete.

We are excited for you to attend Texas A&M University-Texarkana and to join the Eagle family. The first step in your enrollment is to take a placement test which will help determine which courses are best for you. It is our goal to support your enrollment experience during this very difficult time. To test, you will need a Windows or Mac computer (desktop or laptop) with a webcam and audio capabilities. Unfortunately, Chromebooks are not supported.

See below instructions for ALEKS testing remotely:

  1. Connect directly to ALEKS from the website: ALEKS.com
  2. On the ALEKS homepage, you will see a yellow box that says, "New Student? SIGN UP NOW!"
    * General students: LWCTX-6H94Q (10-character Class Code)
    * Accommodations: send an email to Testing Center
  3. Be sure to write down your login information, as you will need it to access your account in the future.
  4. ALEKS will ask a series of demographic questions; you will then have access to take a practice (unproctored) test.
  5. After completion of the practice (unproctored) test, you will receive a test score and the topics available for review and skill enhancement.
  6. You are now ready to work in the Prep & Learning Modules.
  7. When you feel ready to test for PLACEMENT/PROCTORED (you have 2 attempts), you MUST activate the LockDown Browser and the webcam on your computer. Placement time allotment is 2 hours.

To receive the Password/Code for the PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT (Proctored), you MUST:

  1. Complete and/or have a CURRENT A&M-Texarkana Application on file
  2. Provide your A&M-Texarkana CWID #
  3. Email the Testing Center to receive the Password/Code

The ALEKS PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT (Proctored, Password/Code MANDATORY for Credit) requires the installation and use of the LockDown Browser and a webcam. Here are additional details:

  1. You will need a Windows or Mac computer (Chromebooks are not supported) that enables you to install software.  The computer will also need a functioning webcam and microphone since you will be recorded during the assessment.
  2. Even if you have previously downloaded LockDown Browser for another course or assignment, you will still need to download this version as it is unique to ALEKS Placement Assessments. The download links are available at https://www.aleks.com/support/lockdown_system_requirements. Run the installation program after the download is complete.
  3. Once LockDown Browser is installed, go to the following link with a regular browser to test if LockDown Browser will launch properly from your computer. Also perform the webcam check on this page:  https://www.aleks.com/support/lockdown_test 
  4. Contact the Testing Center to obtain the Proctor Code/Password, which is REQUIRED to complete the PROCTORED test and determines your placement (24-hours notice REQUIRED during business hours of operation).
  5. If you have any problems with the LockDown Browser or the webcam setup, open a support ticket at https://support.respondus.com/

ALEKS (Respondus Monitor) Acknowledgement:

  • Completing ALEKS remotely, you are agreeing to Respondus Monitor terms and conditions. In addition, you are consenting to being recorded and for your recording to be reviewed in order to ensure academic integrity. If any concerns (academic dishonesty) are noticed after review, you will be contacted and advised of the specifics, scores voided and required to retake.
  • MUST present a CURRENT/VALID photo ID to the webcam
  • Personal calculators are NOT permitted.  You must use the calculator onscreen.
  • No electronic and/or recording devices permitted EXCEPT required software/devices for Respondus Monitor
  • ONLY the incoming student is permitted to complete the exam. No additional material and assistance permitted (i.e., parent, sibling, friend, etc.)
  • Scratch paper MUST be shredded (destroyed) in front of the webcam

Placement Scores

 0-29  College Algebra/Trigonometry
 30-50  Precalculus
 51-100  Calculus I

For additional questions regarding ALEKS visit ALEKS FAQs, contact your advisor and/or Testing Center (testingcenter@tamut.edu).

ADA Accommodations

Students with disabilities can contact the Disabilities Office at (903) 223-3062 or Carl Greig at accommodations@tamut.edu.  Accommodations MUST be in place two (2) weeks prior to scheduled appointment.


Updated August 26, 2020

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