Department of Mathematics 



NOTICE:
ALL PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS MUST BE TAKEN BY SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 !!!
ALL PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS (FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD) MUST BE TAKEN IN THE JAVALAB (RHODE HALL 308) !!!
Texas A&M UniversityKingsville offers an ALEKS mathematics placement assessment to determine
readiness for various courses. Students who take this assessment and earn the required score will
have the option of moving to a course at a higher level. The ALEKS Placement Assessment covers
material from Basic Math through Precalculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete.
After the assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning odule is available for you to review and learn
material so that you can improve placement and eventual course outcomes. All students are strongly
encouraged to spend several hours using the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module. Even if you have
achieved placement in your desired course, time spent in ALEKS will better prepare you for your
upcoming course and ultimately lead to better grades.
First of all, RELAX. This is an “assessment,” NOT A TEST. The difference is that an assessment
is designed to determine what you know. At the end of the ALEKS Placement Assessment, you will
have a much better sense of your strengths and weaknesses in math. You will then have a chance
to work on those weaknesses. There is really no penalty for incorrectly answering a question on
the assessment. The most important thing is that you take the assessment seriously and give it an
honest effort so that the assessment truly reflects your level of knowledge and math preparedness.
Be honest about your skill level. There is no benefit to cheating on the placement assessment –
your only reward will be that you are forced to take a class that is too difficult for your current level
of mathematical knowledge. Therefore, while you are taking the assessment, do not consult any other
source for help (phones, notes, internet, etc.). The purpose of the placement assessment is to give an
accurate measure of your current mathematical skills so that you will be successful in your mathematics
courses. (See page 35 in the TAMUK student handbook.)
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This page was last updated on: February 14, 2017