Success in college starts with appropriate course placement. The ALEKS (Assessment & Learning in Knowledge Spaces) Assessment Test is recommended for all incoming freshmen who are planning to take Calculus 1, General Chemistry, or Intro to Cell & Molecular Biology during their first year at Tulane.
The ALEKS is an individualized, adaptive learning tool that can help determine your best course placement. It assesses what you do or don't alreaky know and what you are most ready to learn to create a personalized learning plan that efficiently prepares you for your class coursework. The ALEKS assessment will also give you the opportunity to take an additional Prep and Learning Course to review subject areas that you tested lower in prior to school starting. ALEKS is available to Tulane students for $25 per course for 6 weeks of access to the Knowledge Check and Learning Modules.
For help during this registration process, please contact ALEKS Customer Support by visiting http://support.aleks.com.
You will need the 10 digit Class Code listed in the boxes above for the specific ALEKS module you are registering for in order to complete your registration.
If you are not sure whether to take Calculus 1, Long Calculus, or Consolidated Calculus, the ALEKS knowledge check for Calculus can help you assess your level of comfort with the subject matter. However, please note that ALEKS is not a placement test and it will not predict how well you will do in the course. Your performance will depend on the time and effort you put into learning the material, but it can help you assess where you are the least prepared, how much 'catch-up' you may need to do to keep up with the class, and what kinds of academic support you may need to be successful.
Due to the embedded chemistry content, we recommend that students enrolling in CELL 1010 (Intro to Cellular and Molecular Biology) take the Chemistry Knowledge Check and use the Learning Modules to review basic chemistry concepts prior to beginning classes.
The Chemistry Knowledge Check has been customized for General Chemistry I. The CHEM 1070 curriculum assumes that you have mastered these basic concepts and are ready to apply them in a more conceptual manner.
No. The Assessment is a self-diagnostic test to give you a good frame of reference for how prepared you are for college math and science. If you are unsure about what class to register for, the results of your Assessment may help you and your advisor make a good decision for you, but it will not be used to assign you to a class.
The Assessment is a maximum of 30 questions and usually takes 60-90 minutes. The time can vary widely among users since ALEKS selects questions based on your success with previous questions, and the problems will be different. You should try to take the entire assessment at one time, but you can save your progress and come back if you need to.
No. ALEKS is not a test- it's an assessment. It tells you what you know and what you don't know. You will know more about some topics than others, and your ALEKS pie may look radically different from someone else's because you attended different schools and had a different learning experience. We recommend that everyone spend some time in the ALEKS Prep & Learning Module to strengthen their knowledge in the areas that show weakness.
No. Absolutely not. ALEKS measures your proficiency with the skills you should have mastered up to this point in order to be ready to take this course. Your grade will depend on your performance in the class. Doing well on the Assessment means you may need to spend less time reviewing or catching up, but you will still need to put in the work to do well in the class.
Your professor will have access to the ALEKS data, but we send them an aggregate snapshot of the entire class, not individual scores. Again, your score on the Assessment only determines how ready you are to take the class. Your work ethic and study habits will determine your grade in the class.
There is no pass/fail for the assessment, and you owe it to yourself to get an accurate picture of your abilities. Do the work yourself without asking for outside help or Googling, and do the absolute best you can. Try to avoid the 'I don't know' button if you can. The problems are not multiple choice- you will be working out actual problems in the program, so unless you are completely stumped, try to give some sort of answer.
If you are working in the Prep & Learning Course, ALEKS will keep coming back to concepts and checking your mastery. If it determines that you don't actually know the concept, it will add those topics back to your pie. The fastest way to work through ALEKS is to cooperate and work with the program.
Make sure you understand the notation system ALEKS uses. ALEKS is a computer and can be very stubborn about its entry requirements. This is always a little difficult at first, but it will become second nature and will build good habits that will serve you later in your coursework.
ALEKS will check regularly throughout the Prep & Learn Course that you have mastered and are remembering the concepts. If you rush through the Assessments and make careless errors, ALEKS will assume you have not mastered the concept and may add those topics back into your pie. ALEKS will check for common errors and give you a chance to try again, but if you keep making the same error the topic will end up back in your pie.
The scientist who created ALEKS knew that waiting until the last minute and trying to cram in everything over a short period of time is not a good way to learn. ALEKS takes advantage of the study cycle to maximize your learning capacity. Work in ALEX a little every day, and limit your sessions to 30-45 minutes. If you work in ALEKS more than 2 hours, you will be more prone to making careless mistakes and less likely to remember the concepts you are working on. You will learn more efficiently if you study in shorter, more frequent sessions, and give your brain regular breaks to rest and process information.
The review function is optional, but ALEKS will notice if you are reviewing topics and will be less likely to ask about them during progress assessments. Regular review is also a great way to master concepts that you will be using frequently and committing them to long-term memory. Many of the concepts you will learn in your gateway classes will be fundamental to succeeding in your higher-level coursework or lab internships, so mastering them now will help you immensely later.