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What to Expect

General Instructions for Taking the Sample Assessment

If your ACT and/or SAT scores do not place you into the math course you want or need (See luc.edu/math/placement What ACT, SAT and/or math placement scores do I need for which course?), take one sample assessment before you come to LUC. (You get one, and only one, sample assessment. After the sample assessment, you can take up to four proctored assessments. Your placement is based on the highest of the four proctored assessments.)

You will need:

  • Pencil/pen and paper (to work out answers).
  • Your LUC user name and password.
  • Approximately 90 minutes to complete the assessment (this time will vary for each student) in a setting in which you can concentrate.

Tips for a successful assessment:

  • Do NOT use textbooks or online resources.
  • Do NOT use any calculator other than the one provided by ALEKS on specific questions.
  • At the beginning of the ALEKS assessment, you will go through a brief tutorial that will introduce you to the ALEKS system and interface. You will be shown how to enter different types of answers, how to use the ALEKS calculator, and how to graph something by hand.
  • Do your best to answer each question correctly. This is an adaptive test so the correctness of each question determines the difficulty of the next question.
  • Enter your answers carefully. Once you submit your response to a question, you cannot return to that question.
  • Select "I don't know" only if you have no idea how to work a problem.
  • Use a computer with a wired connection to the Internet to minimize connection issues.
  • If your computer locks up or freezes during the middle of the assessment, try hitting the "Refresh" button on your browser. If that does not work, close your browser and log back in. The work you have already submitted is saved, and the assessment will pick up at the point you left off.
  • When you complete the assessment, you will see a screen with a pie chart and the % score (% Mastery) that you earned on the ALEKS Assessment.

You will now have a good idea of the score you will get when you come to campus to take the proctored assessment.  If you need to improve your score to register for the course you want, you should use the Learning Modules that were generated by the testing system.  The more diligently you use them, the more your mathematical knowledge will increase and the higher your next assessment should be.

To take the sample ALEKS assessment, log into LOCUS.

  • Please enter your LUC user name and your password.
  • The username corresponds to the letters appearing before '@luc.edu' in your Loyola University Chicago email address.
  • After logging into LOCUS,
    • New Students: If you see the Next Stop portlet, you will find ALEKS linked there.
    • Returning Students: Look in the Enterprise Menu, under Academics for a link to ALEKS.

Clicking on the "ALEKS" link will launch a web browser where you can initiate the sample ALEKS placement assessment as previously dictated.