Your expressed major is one that requires a testing assessment for either direct admission or placement into math or science coursework.
Please submit the request form to be added to the eCampus testing course for ALEKS. Admitted students must claim their account and log into their WVU portal before gaining access to eCampus and the testing.
Once submitted, your request will be processed within 2-3 days. You will receive an email to your WVU MIX account direct from the Mathematics Department. Please note that all correspondence will be sent to your WVU MIX email and not your personal email account.
Please bookmark this page. You will return here for tips and instructions. Read below to familiarize yourself with ALEKS, so that you know what to expect.
Learn more about ALEKS:
- What is ALEKS?
- How can I prepare to take ALEKS?
- Next Steps and Tips
- Rules and Guidelines
- Commonly Asked Questions
What is ALEKS?
ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) is a testing platform used to measure the strengths and weaknesses of a student’s mathematical knowledge.
WVU offers ALEKS through eCampus, which is accessible to admitted students through your WVU Portal.
ALEKS is an adaptive test with advanced AI technology used to determine each individual’s knowledge space. While the score you receive from ALEKS is a percentage of your comprehensive mathematical knowledge, it is not merely a score of 25/30 questions. Each question asked will test multiple objectives, determining mistakes and problem-solving capabilities.
How can I prepare to take ALEKS?
It is recommended to use the preparation and learning modules ALEKS has assigned to you. A practice database is also available in eCampus from Khan Academy which will help to refresh pre-calculus and calculus concepts.
Following your first practice attempt, you are required to do a minimum of 8 hours of preparation through learning modules. Once completed, you will be permitted to take the proctored exam twice with a 48-hour period between each attempt.
Be certain that you have a reliable internet connection, a web-camera, and a working microphone available for the practice and proctored exams.
You are required to use the Respondus LockDown browser. Download the version that's unique to ALEKS. Note: Google Chromebooks are not compatible with the ALEKS program.
Next Steps and Tips
- Claim your WVU account and log into your WVU Portal.
- All eCampus materials are available to you through your WVU Portal.
- The first time you enter eCampus to access ALEKS, you will be prompted to pay your one-time, non-refundable fee of $25.00 directly to ALEKS.
- Your individual ALEKS course will be listed based on the month you were admitted to WVU. Example: January - Admitted with No Test Score.
- Review the Proctored Exam Rules and Integrity Statement in eCampus. After reading the rules and statement, you will click on the link to access ALEKS.
- The exam is not scheduled for specific dates, times, or sessions; students may take the exam at any time.
- You must take the first of three attempts as practice.
- Only attempts 2 and 3 will be proctored and used for placement.
- A minimum of 8 hours of module learning is required after the first practice attempt, and again after the first proctored attempt.
- It is important that you not receive any form of assistance during your practice attempt or proctored exams.
- Your first attempt places you in the appropriate learning module so you may remediate at the appropriate level.
- If you use assistance or do not complete the test, you will be inaccurately placed, and your score may not be valid.
- Scores will automatically be sent to WVU.
Rules and GuidelinesThe following rules will be strictly applied to proctored exams. Note: Any violation of these rules will initiate an academic dishonesty charge and will disqualify any score received for that test.
- You will have a max of 2 hours to take the exam.
- The entire test will be proctored and recorded.
- You will not be able to interact with the proctor.
- You may not use a calculator, the internet, a phone or any other electronic device.
- You may not wear headphones, earbuds or a watch of any kind.
- You may only have paper and pencil in front of you.
- You must be alone in the room for the duration of the exam.
- The password for the proctored exams is FALL21.
Commonly Asked Questions
- Are ALEKS scores transferrable?
- Are there other options for math or science placement aside from ALEKS, the ACT, or SAT?
- Does WVU waive the $25.00 fee based on financial need?
Are ALEKS scores transferrable?
ALEKS scores may be transferrable if you have taken the ALEKS exam while in high school or at another institution.
- You must have taken the proctored version of the exam.
- The scores must be transferred to the WVU Office of Admissions through the ALEKS portal.
- If the Send Results option is not offered through the ALEKS portal, then your high school or institution does not permit you to share your results.
- If you took ALEKS in advance of registering for a WVU ACCESS course (dual enrollment), your scores may be used for placement. Please contact your WVU Admissions Counselor for assistance.
Are there other options for math or science placement aside from ALEKS, the ACT, or SAT?
In some instances, an Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, or International Baccalaureate course may be used to fulfill the placement requirement. Students are encouraged to work with their WVU Regional Recruiter to determine eligibility, and official score reports and/or college transcripts must be on file for an assessment.
Does WVU waive the $25.00 fee based on financial need?
The cost is paid directly to ALEKS. Therefore, WVU does not have the ability to waive the fee for the exam, which is payment for the proctoring. If you are experiencing a financial hardship, we encourage you to work with your WVU Regional Recruiter.
If you need help please contact your WVU Admissions Counselor to learn more about placement, direct admission, and the benefits of the Guided Pathway program. You can also call us at (304) 293-2121 (option 8) or email us at AdmissionWVU@mail.wvu.edu