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Orientation

118 Gilchrist Hall 

University of Northern Iowa

Phone: (319) 273-2467

Fax: (319) 273-5832

Email: orientation@uni.edu

ALEKS Math Placement

ALEKS is a mathematics placement exam used at the University of Northern Iowa to determine appropriate placement in math course(s). The following students are expected to complete the mathematics placement test prior to orientation:

  • All entering freshmen

  • All entering transfer students who are planning to enroll in any math class during their time at UNI

  • All College of Business majors (regardless of which math courses you have already completed)

The ALEKS assessment consists of 20 to 35 questions and takes approximately one to two hours to complete. A built-in calculator is provided when appropriate. There is no fee for taking the assessment the first time, or for up to four re-takes within a six month time period.  Once you take the initial assessment, you will be required to spend at least five hours working through the online review modules within ALEKS in order to access a re-take. These online review modules assist students in addressing areas of deficiency as determined by the ALEKS assessment.

After students' initial six month subscription to ALEKS review modules and re-takes expires, they have the option of purchasing an additional six month subscription to ALEKS review modules and retakes for $15.  Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to purchase this additional access. Course code: KTWCV-3L4NW

Access ALEKS through your MyUNIverse account by using your CatID login and password. MyUNIverse is accessible online at: http://myuniverse.uni.edu/

If you experience any technical difficulties with the ALEKS software, contact ALEKS technical support directly at (714) 619-7090 or https://www.aleks.com/support/form/.

ALEKS does offer a placement exam that is compatible with screen reading technology.  If you would like access to this version of the exam, please contact Kristin Woods, Director of Student Success and Retention, at 319-273-2815 or kristin.woods@uni.edu.

If you have additional questions, check the FAQ link on the right side of this page or contact Kristin Woods at kristin.woods@uni.edu or the Math Department at 319-273-6952.