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Now you're ready to take the ALEKS online math placement test.

  • Go to http://www.aleks.com/sign_up. The first screen you see will be...

    Students: Sign Up In the Using ALEKS with a class? box, enter the following ten-letter ALEKS Course Code: K4VET DGGQ3. Continue to...

    Confirm Enrollment Information This screen will ask you to confirm you want to take a Math Placement exam for the University of Montana. Continue to...

    Enter Your Personal Information The third screen asks you to enter your personal information. You will be asked for your name, email address, and Student ID # — use your nine digit 790XXXXXX UM Student ID# here.

    Continue following the instruction screens. You will need to complete a short tutorial (5 minutes) to teach you how to enter responses in ALEKS using the keyboard. The exam itself will consist of no more than 25-28 questions, after which you will receive your ALEKS placement level.

  • I am having technical difficulties starting the ALEKS placement.  What should I do?

    If you are experiencing issues accessing the ALEKS exam after following the above instructions, you may be able to resolve the issue using this troubleshooting document.
  • I've taken the ALEKS exam, and I know my Placement level. How do I decide which math course to take?

    The University of Montana offers four distinct math tracks to follow, based on your choice of major:

    (1) Math for Electronics Engineering,

    (2) Math for the Associate of Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) degree,

    (3) Math for the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree, and

    (4) Math for Industrial Technology.

    Each program's math requirements are listed in the Course Catalog at http://www.umt.edu/catalog/.

    Once you know:

    (1) your ALEKS placement level (LEVEL 1,2,3,4,or 5),


    (2)which math track is right for you, considering your program of study,

    you and your advisor, using the chart below, can select the appropriate math course:

    If your ALEKS Placement is You may enroll in Comments
    LEVEL 1

    M 065 Prealgebra

    If you need advice about your specific situation after taking the ALEKS placement test, contact Cec Gallagher at the Academic Support Center (COT) at 243-7878 or via email at cecilia.gallagher@umontana.edu.

    LEVEL 2

    M 90 Intro Algebra

    M 111 Technical Mathematics

    LEVEL 3

    M 095 Intermed Algebra

    M 105 Contemp. Math

    M 115 Prob.& Lin Math

    LEVEL 4

    M 121 College Algebra

    M 122 Trigonometry

    M 151 Precalculus

    LEVEL 5

    M 162 Applied Calculus

    M 171 Calculus I

    You are strongly encouraged to register for a math course that is at or below your placement level.

  • My ALEKS score places me below where I think I should start. Can I re-take the exam?

    If you've always struggled with algebra and arithmetic, perhaps your best option is to sharpen your mathematics fundamentals at the very start of your college career. Taking one or more of the University's developmental math courses (M065, M090, M0950) may form the foundation for your success not just in college mathematics, but in courses from all academic disciplines that require quantitative reasoning.

    On the other hand, there may be other reasons why your ALEKS score is lower than you expect. If it has been a while since you have been in a math classroom, your arithmetic and algebra skills may be a bit rusty. In that case, you may want to try to brush up those skills and re-take the ALEKS Placement exam.

    You are allowed to re-take the exam;  contact the Office for Student Success at OfficeForStudentSuccess@umontana.edu for instructions.

  • May I disregard my ALEKS placement level, and just plan on getting a private tutor for math?

    Many students assume that getting a private tutor will compensate for lacking the necessary mathematical background for success in the course — and there are instances where private tutoring is appropriate, such as when a student has a learning or physical disability.

    However, in mathematics, the acquisition of knowledge is usually sequential: what is introduced in Week Ten is based on material learned in all previous weeks. If you are not ready to learn the Week One material, you immediately fall behind. Private tutoring rarely bridges that Week One readiness gap.

  • I haven't decided on a major yet. Should I postpone taking math until I decide?

    Don't worry about not knowing your major — about one in four students enter the University not decided (called "Undeclared" in University-speak). Your first two or three semesters are a great time for you to explore your interests through the courses you select.

    But there's no reason not to move forward on your math studies. Putting off math until you decide on a major is a risky strategy; math skills, like muscles, grow flabby without exercise! And the best way to exercise them is to use them.