Loyola University Chicago


What to Expect

General Instructions for Taking the Assessment

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

You will need:

  • Pencil 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 may want to print this screen for your own records.
  • 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 (friends, family, internet searches, etc.).

You are considered to be a student at Loyola University Chicago while taking this exam.  Receiving assistance on the ALEKS placement test is a violation of LUC's Academic Integrity found in Academic Standards and Regulations and is punishable under the provisions of that code; see http://www.luc.edu/academics/catalog/undergrad/reg_academicintegrity.shtml.

In any mathematics class you take, your instructor reserves the right to administer an in-class, proctored exam during the first week of the semester. If your performance on this exam is not consistent with your ALEKS placement score, you may be required to register for a lower course or to complete remedial work prior to continuing. Extreme difference in results will be reported to the Dean of your college.

To take the 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 ALEKS placement testing as previously dictated.