No. Western Michigan University will cover the cost of taking the assessment. Since your score is good for two years, waiting to take a math class is not recommended. Once the score expires you will need to re-take the assessment at your own expense.
NOTICE: You must read all of the information on this page and watch the two instructional videos below prior to starting ALEKS. Failure to do so can result in an inaccurate placement result and hinder your ability to succeed academically at WMU.
Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a subject. ALEKS then provides access to free training modules on the topics they are ready to learn.
ALEKS is an "assessment," not a test. The purpose of the placement assessment is to give an accurate measure of your current skills so that you will be successful in your mathematics courses. There is no penalty for incorrectly answering a question on the assessment, so there is no benefit to cheating. Your only reward for cheating is being forced to take a class that is too difficult for your current level of mathematical knowledge.
ALEKS Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces
At the end of the ALEKS assessment, you will have a much better sense of your strengths and weaknesses in math. You will then have a chance to build your skill set in the free Prep and Learning modules ALEKS will create for you. The most important thing is that you take the assessment seriously and do your best.
ALEKS is an assessment, not a test.
Who needs to take ALEKS?
Under 27 ACT math subscore
Under 640 SAT math subscore
Students with an ACT Math subscore of less than 27 or SAT Math subscore of less than 640 must complete the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment prior to attending Orientation.
Frequently Asked Questions
ALEKS Placement Scores
ALEKS provides a percentage-based score for placement exams. Please see the table below for required scores for course equivalencies.
Please note: Algebra II is the minimum placement required for students who wish to enter the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Either Math 1220 or Math 1700 is acceptable for all calculus-based programs in the College.
WMU Math Placement
0 - 13%
MATH 1090 Pre-Algebra
14 - 29%
MATH 1100 Algebra I
30 - 60%
MATH 1110 Algebra II
MATH 1140 Essential Quant Reasoning
MATH 1160 Finite Math
MATH 1500 Number Concepts (Teachers)
STAT 1600 Discovery w/ Data
STAT 3660 Data Analysis/Biosciences
61 - 75%
MATH 1180 Pre-Calculus
MATH 2000 Calculus w/ Applications
76 - 100%
MATH 1220 or 1700 Calculus I
ALEKS Assessment Instructions
- Login to GoWMU
- Select the "Student Home" tab at the top of the screen.
- Under My Self Service, click on the "ALL LINKS" drop down menu.
- You will be prompted to provide a code in order to access the assessment.
- The code is case sensitive and is all one word: FIVE69SUMMER
- When the ALEKS screen loads, click on the blue box and follow the directions.
- You will be asked to answer a few questions and complete the tools tutorial, then you can start the assessment!
ALEKS access code:
case sensitive, no spaces