Cuyahoga Community College is implementing a new math placement tool on March 18. Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces (ALEKS) Placement, Preparation and Learning (PPL) will replace ACCUPLACER.
What is ALEKS® PPL?
ALEKS PPL is a web-based assessment and learning system that uses artificial intelligence and adaptive questioning to determine what students know, what they don’t know, and — most importantly — what they’re ready to learn next.
How does ALEKS work?
Students will complete an initial ALEKS assessment at a time and place convenient for them by accessing ALEKS through the New Student tab in my Tri-C space. The initial assessment will not count for math course placement, but will provide students an opportunity to see what they know and don’t know.
Prior to the initial assessment, students will complete an online tutorial so they understand how to enter answers in ALEKS. Then, they will answer between 25 and 30 open-response questions. The tutorial and assessment may take up to 90 minutes to complete.
They will only need paper and pencil/pen to complete the initial assessment. Personal calculators are not permitted. A calculator will be provided on-screen within the assessment for select questions.
What happens next?
After completing the initial assessment, ALEKS creates a personalized learning pie showing students their assessment results. Based on the results, students will see which assessment topics require additional practice and preparation. Then, they can work on their ALEKS learning pie to practice their skills, learn at their own pace and develop mastery of the topics through an individual learning plan. Students who work to complete their ALEKS learning pie can improve their math placement score, ensuring proper course placement and saving them time and money toward graduation.
The ALEKS website, which contains additional information and resources, will be completed soon. Look for a follow-up email shortly.
Thank you for your support!
The ALEKS Implementation Team