- Log into the MyPNW Portal from the PNW website (pnw.edu) using the login and password provided in your admissions letter. You will be prompted to change your password on first login.
- Click on the Newly Admitted tab at the top of the page and follow the link for ALEKS.
If you are having issues logging in to the Portal, please contact the Customer Service Center at 219-989-2888, option #2. They can troubleshoot any portal sign-in issues via phone.
What is ALEKS and Who Should Test?
ALEKS is a web-based, online math assessment recommended for incoming freshman and transfer students. Your ALEKS score is used to help place you into the correct math course, not to place out of courses. If math is part of your plan of study, you should complete the assessment before attending New Student Orientation (NSO) so that registration in math courses can be completed. Completion of ALEKS prior to New Student Orientation is especially important for students in programs for MATH, BIOLOGY, CHEMISTRY, COMPUTER SCIENCE, PHYSICS, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, students admitted to the College of Business, Preparatory programs or as Undecided students.
You do not have to study before taking your ALEKS assessment. If you are not happy with your results or placement, you can take ALEKS up to three times. Learning modules are also available. These modules can help you brush up on math topics before taking another assessment or refresh math skills prior to beginning your math course. The last ALEKS score obtained will be used for placement. Please note that your subscription for ALEKS begins when you take your first ALEKS assessment. The assessments are available for one year from that date; the learning modules are available for six months from that date. All ALEKS attempts or learning modules usage must be completed during this timeframe.
ALEKS is an important assessment; please take it seriously and do your best. Receiving help when testing is dishonest and may qualify you for a math course for which you are not prepared and cannot pass. This may severely impact GPA and progression through your plan of study. To ensure testing integrity, some students may be asked to retake the ALEKS assessment in the Testing Services Center, located on campus in the Lawshe building, Room 118.
The cost for the ALEKS subscription is $25.00, which includes three assessments and the learning modules. Plan to spend about 90 minutes to complete the assessment; however, you may want to set aside at least two hours in order to complete the assessment. Upon completion, your percentage score will be shown. Additionally, you’ll see a multi-colored pie chart which represents your current math knowledge by concept. A link is available to the Testing Services Center website for course placement information. Each ALEKS score obtained will be updated to your student file upon completion.
Based on your performance and/or score, learning modules will be presented to help you review math concepts. Use of the modules is highly encouraged. Assessments do not have to be completed in one sitting. You can take a break and go back to where you left off. However, each assessment must be completed within 24 hours. Additionally, only one assessment can be taken in a 24-hour day.
ALEKS is an important assessment; please take it seriously and do your best. Receiving help while testing is dishonest and may qualify you for a math course for which you are not prepared and cannot pass. This can negatively impact grade point average and progression through your plan of study.
Purdue University Northwest expects all students to adhere to the Honor Code – dishonesty or cheating will not be tolerated. To ensure testing integrity, some students may be asked to retake the ALEKS assessment in the Testing Services Center on their home campus.
Who is NOT required to take ALEKS?
Students who meet any of the following criteria do not need to take ALEKS:
- Students with Advanced Placement (AP) credit on the AB or BC exam or the equivalent on the IB exams.
- Students who are transferring in equivalents of ALL math courses required by their intended major, or, ALL math courses covered by ALEKS which are required by their intended major, or, the student who is tranferring inthe most advance math course required by their intended major.
- Students who transfer in a first college course in calculus.
- Students with a plan of study that does not require math.
ALEKS Math Placement Policy
The ALEKS PPL exam is a tool for student placement into an appropriate mathematics course. It is:
- not intended as, nor can it be used as, a tool to earn course credit.
- not used to “test out” of a math class.
It is, therefore, the policy of the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science that:
- students who place into and attend a math class for 2 weeks must complete that math class before enrolling in a higher level math class.
- retaking the ALEKS PPL after the 2nd week of class to alter a student’s placement is not allowed.
The ALEKS exam allows the student to take the test 3 times. After the 1st attempt, if a student scores more than 25 points higher than any previous attempt:
- that subsequent score cannot be used for placement.
- the student must then retest in a PNW proctored environment.
A student may purchase a second set of the ALEKS PPL placement exam ONLY with the approval of the Department of Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science.
Interpreting ALEKS Scores
Upon completion of the test, you will see a summary page which includes your math concepts pie chart and your percentage score. Placement scores are given in percentages which correlate to Purdue Hammond math courses as follows:
ALEKS Math Placement:
|MA 11500||Intermediate Algebra||>=35%|
|MA 13700||Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I||>=45%|
|MA 14700||Algebra & Trigonometry for Technology I||>=45%|
|MA 15300||College Algebra||>=45%|
|MA 15400||Algebra & Trigonometry II||>=60% and MA 15300 Credit|
|MA 16300||Integrated Calculus & Analytic Geometry I||>=85%|
|MA 16019||Calculus for Technology I||>=75%|
|MA 16031||Introductory Analysis I||>=75%|
|MA 15910||Calculus for Business & Economics I||>=60%|
|Advisory: ALEKS Cut Score <35%|
ATTENTION FOR THOSE WHO EARN A SCORE LESS THAN 35:
Studentswho take the ALEKS math placement test and earn a score less than 35 have the following options.
OPTION 1: You may use the learning modules available in ALEKS or other tutorials of your choice and retake the ALEKS math placement test. You will have six weeks from the date of your original ALEKS test to go through the tutorials and retest. You can retest in ALEKS up to three times. If you still test with a score lower than 35 after completing the tutorials and three attempts, you may pursue option 2.
OPTION 2: You may attend a local community college, take their math placement test, and enroll in the appropriate math course(s) there as recommended by that institution. Having completed the math course(s), you must submit your official transcripts and retake the ALEKS placement test at Purdue Hammond. If your original six-month subscription is expired, you will need to resubscribe to take ALEKS again. This resubscription is only available via the Testing Services Center on campus in Lawshe Hall, Room 118. The cost to resubscribe is $25.00 and includes two attempts and the learning modules. Please note that all tests must be taken in the Testing Services Center; they will not be available online..
IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU ADDRESS THIS ISSUE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE IT MAY AFFECT YOUR ABILITY TO PROGRESS IN THE MATH SEQUENCE REQUIRED BY YOUR INTENDED MAJOR.
How do I get technical support for ALEKS?
If you’re having trouble logging into the Portal or are locked out, please contact:
Purdue Hammond Customer Service Center at (219) 989-2888, Option 2.
For ALEKS customer support, please call or email:
Phone Support hours: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. (Eastern Time)
For general questions (not technical), please contact the Testing Services Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or (219) 989-2504.