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No, you are free to complete the placement test at your own pace. While it is preferable that you complete the assessment in one sitting, if you need to exit the math portion for any reason, you will be able to log back in and pick up where you left off. The English assessment must be completed in one sitting. Students should allow adequate time for testing, and so should arrive no later than one hour (two or more is recommended) prior to posted Testing Center closing times.
*Your ALEKS math placement score can also be viewed by re-entering ALEKS using the same access link for which you took the Placement Assessment.
Unless specific accommodations are deemed necessary by the Accessibility Services Office, the ALEKS math placement assessment will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator. Scratch paper and pencil is provided.
This is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of Sinclair’s Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC) and/or the Prep and Learning Modules offered within the ALEKS math placement assessment. After discussing your placement results with your Academic Advisor, you may visit the TLC to refresh your reading, writing and math skills prior to retesting. An online individualized study plan will also be created based on your initial math assessment. The ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules will identify what you know and what you are ready to learn next so you can brush up on your math skills. More information on remediation will be provided after your initial assessment.
Yes. After testing students should meet with an Academic Advisor to review scores and determine the appropriate course placement. If retesting is recommended, you are required to work in the Prep and Learning Modules for a specific amount of time prior to each Placement Assessment to increase success. Students are required to complete at least five (5) hours in the Prep and Learning modules before attempting each of the remaining attempts.
There is no fee. Access to the ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules is included along with the additional placement assessment attempts.
No. You must complete another math placement attempt to change your placement result. Once you have completed at least five (5) hours in the Prep and Learning Modules, you may visit a Testing Center location to retake the math placement test.
Yes, you may retake the English placement test no sooner than twenty-four (24) hours after your initial assessment. However, it is recommended that students meet with their Academic Advisor and complete any suggested remediation prior to retesting. A test retake fee will apply.
You may also attempt up to four (4) more ALEKS Placement Assessments after your initial assessment at no cost. However, to make each attempt worthwhile, it is important that you meet with your Academic Advisor and, spend time working in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module between assessments so that you can improve your skills. Before attempting the next available placement assessment a student MUST complete at least five (5) hours in the Prep and Learning Modules. ALEKS will track the time and will indicate when the next assessment is available. You have twelve (12) months from your initial assessment date to complete your four (4) remaining attempts.