Loyola University Chicago

Orientation

Retaking the MPA

After the first assessment, ALEKS creates an individualized Learning Module, targeted at perceived gaps in knowledge. All students are strongly encouraged to spend several hours using the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module before retaking ALEKS the assessment. 

After your first assessment, an individualized Learning Module—targeted on your knowledge and gaps in knowledge discovered during the first assessment—is available to help you review or learn material, and, hopefully, improve placement and eventual course outcomes. You are strongly encouraged to spend thirty to forty-five uninterrupted minutes two or three times a day for several days using the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module. Even if you have achieved placement in your desired course, time spent in ALEKS will better prepare you for your upcoming course and ultimately lead to better grades.

The Learning Module must be accessed within six (6) months of completing the initial ALEKS assessment in order to be activated; otherwise it will not be available at all.  Once it is accessed, the Learning Module is available for six (6) months.

Progress in the Learning Module does not automatically result in a new placement.  You will still need to retake the ALEKS assessment after working in the Learning Module in order to attempt to place higher.

The Learning Module is part of the assessment bundle: five (5) assessments and a six (6) month access to the Learning Module.

Once you complete the initial ALEKS assessment, you will choose a Learning Module to review and learn math concepts: Prep for Beginning Alegbra, Prep for Intermediate Algebra, Prep for College Algebra, Prep for PreCalculus, Prep for Calculus. It is best to choose the Learning Module that ALEKS suggests. If and when you finish that Learning Module, contact the Math Placement Coordinator to request to move into the next level.

Progress in the Learning Module does not automatically result in a new placement. Students will need to retake the proctored MPA after working in the Learning Module in order to attempt to place higher.

No. There is a 24 hour cooling off period between each assessment, so you will need to take the practice assessment prior to taking a “true” proctored assessment.
Between each MPA, you must spend at least three (3) hours in the Learning Modules prior to taking the next assessment, which is separate and distinct from the cooling off period. You can complete the three hours in the Learning Modules during the 24-hour cooling off period.

Once you begin the Learning Module, you may use it for up to six (6) months, if started within six months of the first assessment, or until January 31, whichever is earlier.