About the UIC ALEKS Math Placement Exam

  • All new freshmen coming to the University of Illinois at Chicago are required to take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam. When you are ready to take the test, go to UIC Connect on my.UIC.
  • Students are eligible for a maximum of five retakes within six months of creating an ALEKS account before taking a math course at UIC. Please note that the average completion time is 90 minutes, though your time may be longer or shorter, so plan accordingly. Paper and pencil will be helpful. A calculator will be provided by ALEKS when needed, thus you should not use your own.
  • The UIC Math Placement Exam through ALEKS is a fully automated, adaptive system that covers a broad spectrum of pre-calculus material. The length of the assessment runs from 20-35 questions. The exact number of questions will vary due to the adaptive mechanism. You may be asked questions on material you have not yet learned. On such questions it is appropriate to answer, "I don't know." On any question that you have familiarity with, however, it is important to do your best. "I don't know" is interpreted by ALEKS to mean that you do not know the topic, and this will be reflected in the assessment results. If you do not do your best on the assessment, ALEKS will underestimate your knowledge
  • Your browser will need the ALEKS plug-in (which will download automatically) and java. Refer to the troubleshooting guide if you have problems.

Click here to take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam.

IF YOU ARE A CONTINUING STUDENT: Please contact the Math Department's Undergraduate Studies office, specifically one of the MSCS advisors:
  • Mary Hemby (Mtoliver@uic.edu, (312) 413-2172); or
  • (currently vacant) ( (312) 996-3055).
The Undergraduate Studies Office is located on the third floor of the Science and Engineering Offices building (SEO).
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