ALEKS Math Assessment

The ALEKS Math Assessment ensures students' readiness for certain math, statistics, and chemistry courses at Penn State. Since these courses are demanding, it is important for you to start with a firm foundation in your understanding.

Honest Work Matters

There is no benefit to inflating or deflating your abilities on the ALEKS math assessment.

ALEKS scores will not change your acceptance to Penn State.The ONLY way your ALEKS score is used is to help you choose courses that match your incoming knowledge level.

Incorrect placement can delay graduation and negatively affect your GPA. Dishonest work on this assessment causes many problems, including placement into a course that is not appropriate for your current level of knowledge.

Cheating is a violation of Penn State's academic policies and principles. Please review your student rights and responsibilities, as well as the Penn State Code of Conduct. Do your honest best.

What you need

All other resources are provided by ALEKS.

What to expect

Plan to complete the assessment in a single one- to two-hour sitting. If you do not complete the assessment in one sitting, you will have 48 hours to complete it before the assessment is reset.

You will answer up to 30 questions. There are no multiple choice questions.

Before you take the assessment, ALEKS will present a short tutorial on how to enter answers, how to use the graphing utilities, and how to use the built-in calculator. TAKE YOUR TIME WITH THIS TUTORIAL.

ALEKS scores of 30 or higher reflect adequate preparation for college-level math. ALEKS scores cannot be interpreted in the same way as exam grades. If you score lower than 30, Penn State has coursework appropriate for you, or you can use ALEKS to review and retest.

Disability Accommodations

This is not a timed test. You may take as long as you need to answer the questions, as long as the assessment is completed within 48 hours of starting.

If you need other accommodations, please contact Penn State’s Student Disability Resources.

Hours (Eastern Time):
Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

Telephone: (814) 863-1807


Log In to the Assessment

Some students have experienced issues when accessing ALEKS via LionPATH, reporting that the button to click on ALEKS won’t load correctly. We recommend the following troubleshooting tips:

  1. For the best success, use the Google Chrome internet browser.
  2. If Google Chrome is already your preferred browser and you continue to have issues, please try a different browser that is available to you.
  3. Try using an “incognito” or “private” browser session.

Note: The ALEKS page within LionPATH is a slow-loading page, so please give it time to load.

If you still need assistance after trying these steps, please email (be sure to include your 9-digit Penn State ID number in your email) or call us at 814-865-4178.

If you need to return to ALEKS, follow the navigation to ALEKS from the Academic Records section in LionPATH, then click on the “Incoming Students…” class to resume your progress.

Screenshow of ALEKS website and the "Incoming Students Math Placement" link.


If you are instructed to complete ALEKS as part of your NSO Tasklist, you must do so before attending NSO. Students who are not required to complete ALEKS are welcome to do so, especially if there is concern that mathematics skills might be rusty.

ALEKS scores are imported to LionPATH overnight. You must wait until the next day to schedule a course with an ALEKS prerequisite.

What's Next

During NSO, you will meet with an academic adviser to review your score and discuss course selection. Students who do not meet course prerequisites at the time of scheduling will not be permitted to enroll in the course. Students are permitted to enroll in courses below their maximum placement.