Department of Computer Science, Math & Physics

Frequently Asked Questions for ALEKS

Can I work on ALEKS outside of class?
Why won’t ALEKS work on my home computer?
Can I use a calculator in this course?
What can I do for extra practice?
Is extra assistance available?
How can I improve my assessment score?
When will I get an assessment?
Is it really so terrible to get help on an assessment? I have a full pie now!
Why isn’t a teacher lecturing to the class like in a regular math class?
Will my assessment test me on what I just recently practiced?
How do I know I’m making progress?


Can I work on ALEKS outside of class?
Yes, all students are required to work on their math outside of their class time. You can work in the lab during another class time if space is available or you can work at home or in one of the general use labs across campus.

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Why won’t ALEKS work on my home computer?
Be sure to check the ALEKS support section which details the requirements for ALEKS to work on your home computer. There is also a troubleshooting section for those having difficulty getting connected. You might also try the streaming plugin (use www.aleks.com/plugin as the address).

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Can I use a calculator in this course?
Yes, calculators are allowed. Scientific calculators are recommended. Do not use the calculator function on your cell phone.

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What can I do for extra practice?
You can print a worksheet with 16-20 review questions. You can take a quiz as provided by your instructor. You can go to review and practice any objective you have mastered.

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Is extra assistance available?
Yes, you can come to the lab outside of your class time for more assistance from tutors or other instructors. You can meet with your instructor for individual help. The Center for Academic Support in the Hearnes building is also available.

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How can I improve my test score?

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When will I take a test?

On your first login into ALEKS, you will have to take an initial assessment.  This will allow you to be placed into the appropriate topics to be covered.  A test is required for each chapter.  Once you have completed 90% of the topics in an objective/chapter, you can complete the study guide and then the test.

 

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Is it really so terrible to get help from a tutor on a test?
Getting help on a test from a tutor is the same as cheating on a test. Your assessment is based on what you know, not what your helper/tutor knows. If you show ALEKS that you know more than you actually do, the objectives you are ready to learn are now out of your experience/skill range. You will struggle. When you take the next test, you will not be prepared, and you will have wasted valuable semester time.

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Why isn’t a teacher lecturing to the class like in a regular math class?
The skill level of an average developmental math class varies widely. Some students are reviewing the skills they learned in high school and others never learned these skills. Some students will be able to pass both courses in one semester and others will take three or more semesters to get through both courses. The ALEKS program addresses these various skill levels in the most advantageous way: it will start you where you are ready to learn.

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Will each test assess me on what I just recently practiced?

Yes.  Your study guide and the topics that you practiced in that objective/chapter will be what is covered on the test.

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How do I know I’m making progress?
Look at your Objective Pie to see how much of the chapter you have mastered.

 

 

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