Math Placement Advancer

Frequently Asked Questions About the Math Placement Advancer

By the time I complete the review work and take the written exams, all of the sections of the math course I need will be filled, with waiting lists. What do I do?

When you first register for the Math Placement Advancer, you will also be allowed to provisionally enroll in a section of the math course that the you are preparing for (see reverse). Students who successfully complete Math Placement Advancer are guaranteed a spot in their intended course!

Is this an online or in-person class?

The ALEKS website is an online math review environment that is accessible from any computer with internet access. The ALEKS system is unique in assessing your math strengths and weaknesses, directing your review based on your individual needs.

We will also use Blackboard to provide students access to additional review materials and for the posting of test results.

This review system will also offer in person, face-to-face opportunities to get help and more personalized instruction. Your review progress will be tracked by the course instructor and if your progress stalls, you will be given options to make an appointment with an instructor or visit one of our many Learning Achievement Centers, which are staffed with math teachers.

How much time will this take?

The amount of time required will vary depending on how much math you remember, and how much you have forgotten. In general, most students will be able to complete the online requirements in 25-30 hours of online work. Since the ALEKS system begins by assessing your math strengths and weaknesses, you will not waste time reviewing concepts and skills that you have mastered, and your time will be efficiently focused on strengthening your weak areas.

What happens if I score less than 70% on either of the two required written exams?

Students who score less than 70% on the final exam/test for the workshop may choose to re-take the COMPASS test (there is a $5 re-take fee). The review of skills and concepts during the workshop may have had enough positive effect that your COMPASS score shows improvement.

It should be noted that a score less than 70% on the final exam/test for the workshop is a strong indication that the student should take the full pre-requisite course (i.e. Basic Algebra or Elementary Algebra w/ Apps) to ensure success in the upper level math course.

Does passing this workshop mean that I will have tested out of Elementary Algebra and would be able to take courses that require Elementary Algebra as a pre-requisite?

No. The only result of successfully completing the workshop is a faculty issued override of your COMPASS placement score that will allow you to enroll in another mathematics class.

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Contact Jodye Ryan at or (608)616-3405 with other questions or additional information