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Department of Mathematics

Mathematics Student Resources


  • If you are registering for the Spring 2020 semester, you must pass your ALEKS placement test AND register for your math class by the 12th class day (February 3, 2020)
  • If you are registering for the Summer I 2020 semester, you must pass your ALEKS placement test AND register for your math class by the 4th  class day (June 3, 2020)
  • If you are registering for the Summer II 2020 semester, you must pass your ALEKS placement test AND register for your math class by the 4th class day (July 8, 2020)
  • If you are registering for the Fall 2020 semester, you must pass your ALEKS placement test AND register for your math class by the 12th class day (To Be Determined).

Any revision to the University academic calendar may change the 4th and/or 12th class dates.  Please check the University academic calendar for any changes.

All placement assessments must be taken in the JavALab (Rhode Hall 308)!!!

Texas A&M University-Kingsville 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 module 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).

Who should take the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

Any student who wishes to place above their mathematics placement as determined by their Texas Success Initiative (TSI) exam or entrance exams.  The ALEKS placement assessment is not binding.  If you score at a level below where you have been currently placed, you may choose to take the lower course, but you are not required to do so.

Is there a fee for using ALEKS?

You will pay for ALEKS with a credit card before you begin.  The cost is $50.

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

Yes.  If you do not earn the required score on your first attempt, you will have two additional attempts.  All attempts will be proctored on campus in the JavALab (Rhode Hall 308).  However, to make each attempt worthwhile, it is important that you spend time working in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module in between placement assessments so that you can improve your skills.

Are ALEKS Placement Assessment proctored?

Yes.  ALL (first, second, and third) assessments will be proctored on campus in the JavALab (Rhode Hall 308).  You may make appointments for proctored assessments with Mark Cortez, JavALab Coordinator.  It is preferred that you contact him by email at  If contacting him by email is not possible, then you can call him at (361) 593-3607 or (361) 593-4852.  You will need to bring a valid photo I.D. (University I.D., driver's license, military I.D., or passport), and something to write with.

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment immediately?

You must wait at least 48 hours between placement assessments.  There is generally no benefit to re-taking the assessment immediately after completing a prior attempt.  Unlike the SAT or ACT, you cannot improve your results by simply re-taking the assessment without spending time in the Prep and Learning Module to refresh material that you may have forgotten or to learn new material.

Must I work in my ALEKS Prep and Learning Module between placement assessments?

Yes. for at least 48 hours between placement assessments.

Are placement assessment timed?

Yes, you have 3 hours to complete a placement assessment once it has begun.

How long will a placement assessment take to complete?

Placement assessments require approximately 90 minutes to complete, but the amount of time will vary by student.  There will be a maximum of 30 questions.

May I use a calculator while using ALEKS?

ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.

What happens if I do not complete a placement assessment in the allotted time?

You will be given a placement result, but it may underestimate your true ability.

May I use any other resources during a placement assessment?

You may only use a pen or pencil, paper, and the resources provided by ALEKS.  You may not receive assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks, or any other resource not provided by ALEKS.  Using outside resources may lead to improper placement and ultimately course failure.

Your placement result is your percentage mastery on the latest assessment.  Course placement is determined as follows -

46-60% = MATH 1314 College Algebra

61-68% = MATH 1316 Trigonometry

69-74% = MATH 1348 Analytic Geometry

75-100% = MATH 2413 Calculus I

If you earn the score for the course you want, your record in ALEKS will document this
result. Send an email to your advisor with a copy to Dr. Allred at
Your advisor will confirm your score and adjust your class schedule.

If you do not earn your required score, you may choose the appropriate learning module that will prepare you for the course you wish to take.  The following is a table of recommended scores for each learning module.  We recommend following this, but if you wish, you may choose one higher than the recommended level.

25-39% = Prep for College Algebra

40-54% = Prep for PreCalculus

>55% = Prep for Calculus

How long is my placement result valid?

Your placement result is valid for 6 months.

Can I practice using ALEKS before I begin placement?

ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial before your placement begins.

How long do I have access to my Prep and Learning Module?

You will have six months of access from the time that you start using your Prep and Learning module.

Is there an additional fee for my Prep and Learning Module?

Access to a Prep and Learning Module is included along with up to 3 placement assessments.

What are ALEKS Progress Assessments?

While working in a Prep and Learning Module, you will periodically complete progress assessments to solidify your gains in knowledge.

Does progress in an ALEKS Prep and Learning Module count toward placement?

No, you must complete a new placement assessment to change your placement result. Click on the placement tab on the upper right of the page from within ALEKS. Only your placement assessment results will be used for course placement.

Can I change to a different Prep and Learning Module later?

No, you may only use one Prep and Learning Module. If you are unsure which module to select, use the module recommended by ALEKS.

What if I do not place into the course I wanted?

You can use a Prep and Learning Module to review and learn, and you may take another placement assessment to improve your placement result.

I did not place into the class I wanted. Can I take it anyway?

No, you must achieve the minimum placement result to take each corresponding class.

What if I placed into the class I wanted?

Congratulations!  Continue to use your Prep and Learning Module to improve your chances for success. The placement result above is the minimum preparation required for your course! Take advantage of the targeted review and learning features in ALEKS to get a better grade in your class.

Where can I get help with ALEKS?

  1. Purchase an ALEKS Access Code
  2. After receiving the email response with your access code and PPL course
    code, download the PPL Registration Instructions and follow the instructions to register
    for the PPL program
  3. Once you have registered with the program, you may access the Overview Summary
    of ALEKS PPL to get more information about how the program works
  4. Contact Mark Cortez (JavALab Coordinator) to schedule a testing date and time in the
    JavaLab (Rhode Hall 308) where ALL (first, second, and third) assessments will be 
    proctored.  It is preferred that you contact him by email at  If
    contacting him by email is not possible, you may contact him by phone at (361) 593-3607 or (361) 593-4852.
  5. Come to the JavALab (Rhode Hall 308) to take your ALEKS placement assessment.
  6. Don't forget to bring a valid photo I.D. (University I.D., driver's license, military I.D., or
    passport), and something to write with.

The Javelina Algebra Lab – JavALab—is the Department of Mathematics computer classroom for MATH 1314 – College Algebra, and MATH 0302 – Developmental Algebra.   It is located in Rhode Hall room 308.


Hours of Operation

Fall and Spring Semesters

Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Summer Semesters

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm


How JavALab Courses Work

JavALab courses take advantage of an advanced technology adapted to learning mathematics
called ALEKS: Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces.  Students take an initial assessment the first day of class that determines the mathematical objectives they have already mastered, and sets up the objectives they will learn during the  course to fill a “pie.” There are also quizzes and tests throughout the semester to assess mastery learning.

Students meet as a class with an instructor twice a week for 50 minutes during the Fall and Spring Semesters; 90 minutes during the Summer Sessions.  During class, instructors review the objective topics with which students are having the most difficulty or introduce topics they are ready to learn.  Students are required to spend at least three hours per week in the JavALab working in the program where individual tutoring is available. 

A key advantage of the ALEKS program is that all assignments are available from the beginning of the semester and students may work ahead to complete the course requirements before the semester ends.

More specific course information may be found in the course syllabi:

View MATH 0302 syllabus

View MATH 1314 syllabus


For more information contact:

Mark Cortez, JavALab Supervisor

Rhode Hall 308

To be considered for award of the Hugh Porter Scholarship in Mathematics students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must Be a Mathematics Major
  • Be enrolled at Texas A&M University Kingsville for a minimum of 12 semester hours.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on their high school transcripts or college courses.

Scholarships are awarded March or April each year through Javelina Scholarships.

To apply online click on Javelina Scholarships

For more information, contact:

Michael Muzheve (361) 593-2600;

2018 - 2019 Scholarship Recipients

Joseph Balderas

Gladden Nkesi Chukwu

Emilia Chavera

Reynaldo Loya

Kevin De Angeli