Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

Mathematics Placement at WIU

Information on Taking the Assessment

You will take the test at home, and you will need the following:

  • Your WIU ID number and password
  • Pencil and paper
  • A reliable internet connection
  • 2-3 hours of uninterrupted time in a quiet place where you can do your best

Dates and deadlines:

  • Complete the test by August 14 (Fall semester), or January 8 (Spring semester)


  • Don't use a personal calculator. If one is needed to answer a question, ALEKS will provide one automatically for that question, which will also make entering the answer easier
  • Don't use other resources such as textbooks, websites, or friends (see Academic Honesty below)

Academic Honesty

Knowledge in math is built from the ground up, and new concepts require a certain background (prerequisites). The only purpose of the assessment is to give an accurate measure of your current mathematical skills so that you will have a better opportunity to be successful in your courses.

There is no benefit in inflating your abilities on the exam to advance your placement. Taking a class that is not appropriate for your current level of mathematical knowledge will most likely be plagued by frustration, hardship, and will end in dissapointment; moreover, it could delay your graduation.

Therefore, while you are taking the ALEKS assessment/placement, do not consult any other source for help (friends, family, internet searches, textbooks, etc.), and do your honest best.

In addition, as a WIU student, you are expected to uphold the WIU Principles and Policies, which includes the Student Academic Integrity Policy.

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