ALEKS Mathematics Placement Assessment

What is ALEKS?

Backed by decades of research, ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) is the premier adaptive learning and assessment platform used by millions of students around the world. ALEKS PPL uses adaptive, open-response questioning to rapidly and accurately assess each student in mathematics. Upon completing the free, 30 question assessment, each student is assigned a placement score that will match the student with an appropriate mathematics course.

Who is required to take ALEKS?

All entering first-year business students are required to take the assessment.

→ New transfer students may be directed to take the assessment by their academic advisor.

Why is this assessment important?

At the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business, we encourage each incoming student to spend time in the Prep and Learning Module, even if the desired score is achieved. Time spent in ALEKS will ultimately lead to better preparation and improved grades!

Students may not take certain courses in mathematics, statistics, or chemistry without demonstrating readiness.

Understanding your score

You will not be permitted to take a math course that is above your readiness level (even if you are only one point away).

ALEKS Score Less than 61
61-75 76-Above


MATH 101
College Algebra

MATH 111
for Non-science Students
MATH 115
Calculus I

If you score below a 45, it is encouraged that you use the ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules.

Improving your score

You may use ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules to improve your skills and retake the assessment. Students who spend at least 15 hours in a learning module show the most improvement in their scores. A higher score will allow you to place into a higher level course.

→ You may retake the assessment up to two (2) more times after using the learning modules. The majority of students improve their scores on each subsequent assessment, and 90% of students move up by at least one course. The third placement assessment is the final assessment available to you.

→ You must spend at least 5 hours using the prep and learning modules between your 1st and 2nd assessment.

→ You must wait 24 hours between your 2nd and 3rd assessments, and spend at least 10 hours using the prep and learning modules before taking your 3rd and final assessment, if you choose to do so.

Be honest. It is important that the ALEKS Placement Assessment is taken seriously and each student gives it an honest effort so that the Placement Assessment truly reflects their current level of knowledge and math preparedness. Cheating may result in enrollment in a course that is either too difficult or not challenging enough.

Taking the Assessment

Only students entering the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business have access to the assessment. If you haven't already done so, you will need to set up your Duquesne University MultiPass in order to access the assessment - you will use it to login.

Setup Multipass

Take ALEKS Assessment