Mathematics and statistics placement
We are committed to helping you succeed in mathematics. It’s
important that you have a solid a foundation of understanding as you move
forward with your studies. For this reason, we require that you have the
appropriate placement in order to enroll in any mathematics or statistics
Most students will be required to
take the NAU ALEKS Mathematics Placement Test to establish their mathematics
placement. (Visit the ALEKS FAQS page to see other ways to establish your math placement.)
The NAU ALEKS Mathematics Placement Test
If you will need accommodations for this test based on disability please
Number of attempts allowed
You are allowed to take the ALEKS test a maximum of three times. Your highest score will be used for
For your first attempt on the ALEKS test, you will be able to test from any
computer with an internet connection.
All 2nd and 3rd ALEKS attempts are required to be proctored. We offer proctored tests in the Lumberjack Mathematics Center Testing Room. Please view the ALEKS Testing Dates and Times page for updated testing information.
The LMC Testing Room is located in the Health and Learning Center (building 25) on the 4th floor, room 4104.
Please remember your NAU ID and a credit card to pay the $10 fee.
NAU will cover the cost of your first test. You will be charged $10 for each
additional attempt. The fee will be paid directly to ALEKS/McGraw-Hill, via
There is a 48-hour time limit for completing the test. Only completed
tests receive a score. Placement cannot be established from a partially
You should set aside at least two hours for testing. While it would be
preferable for you to complete the entire test in one sitting, if it is
necessary for you to leave your computer, you can simply close the ALEKS
window. You can log in again later, and will be able to resume the test
from the point at which you left off. However, the 48-hour time limit
window includes that logged out time.
Length of time a test score is valid
NAU ALEKS Mathematics Placement Test scores are valid for two years. If it
has been more than two years from the original test date, and you have not yet
earned college mathematics or statistics credit, you should take the NAU ALEKS
Mathematics Placement Test again to reestablish placement. Additional tests are
at the student's expense.
The purpose of the NAU ALEKS Mathematics Placement Test is to place students
into a mathematics or statistics course that is appropriate for their
background knowledge. Any attempt to gain placement into a course for which you
are not properly prepared is both dishonest and detrimental. When students
attempt classes for which they do not have the proper prerequisite knowledge,
they are not successful in those classes.
You must take the NAU ALEKS Mathematics Placement Test without the assistance
of textbooks, websites, or other people. A built-in calculator is provided as
part of the NAU ALEKS Mathematics Placement Test, and this is the only
calculator that should be used.
All NAU students are expected to abide by the NAU Policy on
Take the NAU ALEKS Mathematics Placement Test