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Nittany Lion studying at computerAll students should review using either a textbook or ALEKS before starting college math. ALEKS is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system.

If you scored lower than you had hoped on the FTCAP math placement test, you can review and retest 21 days after the first test.

*NOTE: Completing the material in ALEKS does NOT give you credit for a college course; nor does it change your placement. ALEKS prepares you to retest at the FTCAP Testing Site.

ALEKS Online Access

  • Cost $30.00
  • 6-week access to ALEKS from anywhere
  • Access ALEKS independently at your convenience

About ALEKS

ALEKS is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. It uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know regarding mathematics. ALEKS then provides instruction on the topics the student is ready to learn. ALEKS also provides the advantages of one-on-one instruction and immediate feedback, 24/7, from virtually any web-based computer for a fraction of the cost of a human tutor.

Using ALEKS

After you register, you will be guided through a 10-minute tutorial that will familiarize you with the ALEKS system. After the tutorial, you will take an initial placement test in the ALEKS "Assessment Mode." The assessment will create a precise understanding of your knowledge of mathematics. Try to answer each question to the best of your ability. If you do not know the answer, just click "I don't know." Answering questions correctly during your assessment will enable you to avoid repeating these topics later in ALEKS.

How to Register

Get started by selecting and registering for the math course that corresponds to your FTCAP placement using the links below. Once you complete that course you can register for another course during the 6 weeks that you have access to ALEKS.

MATH 001

This ALEKS course covers many of the topics covered in MATH 001. You may get a head-start on MATH 001 concepts with ALEKS. Students who complete the MATH 001 content provided by ALEKS may be ready to enroll in MATH 004 at Penn State. Note that completing the material in ALEKS does NOT give you credit for MATH 003. Completing this material does not change your FTCAP math placement. You must retake the placement test. 

MATH 001 ALEKS Registration (PDF) »

Retake FTCAP Placement test »

MATH 004

This ALEKS course covers many of the topics covered in MATH 004. You may get a head-start on MATH 004 concepts with ALEKS. Students who complete the MATH 004 content provided by ALEKS may be ready to enroll in MATH 021 at Penn State. Note that completing this material in ALEKS does NOT give you credit for MATH 004. Completing this material does not change your FTCAP math placement. You must retake the placement test.

MATH 004 ALEKS Registration (PDF) »

Retake FTCAP Placement test »

MATH 021

This ALEKS course covers many of the topics covered in MATH 021. You may get a head-start on MATH 021 concepts with ALEKS. Students who complete the MATH 021 content provided by ALEKS may be ready to enroll in MATH 022 at Penn State. Note that completing this material in ALEKS does NOT give you credit for MATH 021. Completing this material does not change your FTCAP math placement. You must retake the placement test.

MATH 021 ALEKS Registration (PDF) »

Retake FTCAP Placement test »

MATH 022

This ALEKS course covers many of the topics covered in MATH 022. You may get a head-start on MATH 022 concepts with ALEKS. Students who complete the MATH 022 content provided by ALEKS may be ready to enroll in MATH 110 at Penn State. Note that completing this material in ALEKS does NOT give you credit for MATH 022. Completing this material does not change your FTCAP math placement. You must retake the placement test.  

MATH 022 ALEKS Registration (PDF) »

Retake FTCAP Placement test »

MATH 040

This ALEKS course covers many of the topics covered in MATH 040. You may get a head-start on MATH 040 concepts with ALEKS. Students who complete the MATH 040 content provided by ALEKS may be ready to enroll in MATH 140 or MATH 140A at Penn State. Note that completing this material in ALEKS does NOT give you credit for MATH 040. Completing this material does not change your FTCAP math placement. You must retake the placement test. 

MATH 040 ALEKS Registration (PDF) »

Retake FTCAP Placement test »

MATH 140A

This ALEKS course covers many of the algebra and trigonometry topics necessary for success in calculus. Completing this course will improve your preparation for Calculus and success in the course. Students who complete the content provided by ALEKS may be ready to enroll in Math 140. Note that completing this material in ALEKS does NOT give you credit for MATH 140A. Completing this material does not change your FTCAP math placement. You must retake the placement test.

MATH 140A ALEKS Registration (PDF) »

Retake FTCAP Placement test »

MATH 140

This ALEKS course covers many of the algebra and trigonometry topics that are necessary for success in calculus. Every student who is enrolling in Math 140 should complete this review to be prepared to study college level calculus. Note that completing this material in ALEKS does NOT give you credit for MATH 140. Completing this material does not change your FTCAP math placement. You must retake the placement test.

MATH 140 ALEKS Registration (PDF) »

Retake FTCAP Placement test »