Additional CEPS Math Placement Information

Prior to attending first-year orientation, The University of New Hampshire requires all incoming CEPS students to take an ALEKS Placement Assessment to determine readiness for MATH 425, Calculus I.


BEGIN DATE: May 3, 2019

END DATE: May 19, 2019


About ALEKS Math Assessment

What is ALEKS?

ALEKS is a powerful artificial-intelligence based assessment tool that zeros in on the strengths and weaknesses of a student’s mathematical knowledge, reports its findings to the student, and then provides the student with a learning environment for improving this knowledge to an appropriate level for course placement.

The ALEKS Math Assessment ensures students' readiness for MATH 425, Calculus I, at the University of New Hampshire. Since MATH 425 is demanding, it is important for students to have a solid mathematics background before beginning that course. Students will not be permitted to take MATH 425 unless they have demonstrated readiness. After completing the initial assessment, students who wish to improve their skill may use the learning module assigned by ALEKS.

Who must take ALEKS, and when?

All entering first-year CEPS students, regardless of high school background, AP credits, Running Start, or previously earned college credits must take the ALEKS Placement Assessment at least once during the above-mentioned dates.

BE SURE TO TAKE THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT EARLY IN THE MAY TESTING PERIOD, AND DO YOUR VERY BEST THE FIRST TIME YOU TAKE IT.  Based on the results of your first attempt, ALEKS will select a Prep and Learning Module in which you must work before taking the assessment a second time. That module will be the only module that you can access.  If you don’t take your first placement attempt seriously, the module selected for you will not be at the appropriate level for you, and you will not be adequately prepared to test into calculus when you take the ALEKS Placement Assessment the second time.

You will not be permitted to take MATH 425, Calculus I, unless you demonstrate readiness by earning the required ALEKS score (even if you are only one point away). If you want to change your placement, you may use your ALEKS learning module to improve your skills and then retake the assessment.

You can take the ALEKS Placement Assessment up to four times.  However, between any two consecutive attempts, you will be required to have a 72-hour cool-off period and to work in your Prep and Learning Module for at least five hours.  (Note that learning modules include "periodic assessments" which check progress on topics. These may look like placement assessments, but they are not – they have no effect on your placement score.)

THE FALL 2019 COURSE SCHEDULE THAT YOU RECEIVE AT ORIENTATION WILL BE BASED ON THE HIGHEST ALEKS SCORE ATTAINED.  It is to your advantage not to have to make changes in your schedule later in the summer, so do your best to attain proper placement during the May testing period.  If you choose to re-test after the end date and you test into MATH 425 at that point, your fall course schedule will be adjusted in August to reflect that change, and you will be notified by email at that time.

All access to the ALEKS Placement Assessment will end on Friday, August 30th. 

After August 30th, you will be able to continue using your Prep and Learning Module until your six-month access period expires.

How long will the assessment take?

The assessment will ask up to 30 questions. You should plan to complete the assessment in one 2-3 hour sitting. If you do not complete the assessment in one sitting, you will have 48 hours to complete it before the assessment is reset.

Get Ready

Academic integrity

The only purpose of the assessment is to give an accurate measure of your current mathematical skills so that you will have a better opportunity to be successful in your first-year mathematics course.  There is no benefit to inflating or deflating your abilities on the assessment. Taking a class that is not appropriate for your current level of mathematical knowledge could delay your graduation. Therefore, while you are taking the assessment, do not consult any other source for help (friends, family, internet searches, textbooks, etc.), and do your honest best.

In addition, as a member of the UNH community, you are expected to uphold UNH’s principles, which include doing honest academic work.



What you need

  • Your UNH  username (e.g. xyz5000) and password
  • A pencil and paper
  • A reliable internet connection
  • 2-3 hours of time
  • A space conducive to doing your best work

All other resources are provided by ALEKS

You should NOT use your own calculator. If one is needed to answer a question, ALEKS will provide one automatically for that question.

You should NOT use other resources such as textbooks, websites, or friends. Use of non-permitted resources is a violation of UNH’s academic honesty policy and may result in your being required to take a course for which you are not prepared.

What to expect

This is a free response assessment; there are no multiple choice questions. Before you take the assessment, ALEKS will present a short tutorial on how to enter answers, how to use the graphing utilities, and how to use the built-in calculator that will be offered when appropriate. TAKE YOUR TIME WITH THIS TUTORIAL AND BE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND HOW THESE FEATURES WORK.


Take the Assessment

In order to access the ALEKS Placement Assessment, log into using your UNH username and password.

Login Screen for My Courses

 Once you are logged in you will see:

Additional Login Instructions

Click on Mathematics Placement Test in your Dashboard and then simply follow the instructions.


Technical Support

What do I do if my web browser gets stuck or my computer crashes while I'm taking the Placement Assessment? Simply close the browser, or log out and log back in. ALEKS will resume the Placement Assessment exactly where you left off, with no loss of your previous answers.


Where can I get help with ALEKS?

  • Contact Customer Support - Higher Education

Hours (Eastern Time):
Sunday, 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM
Monday - Thursday, 7:00 AM to 1:00 AM
Friday, 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Phone: (714) 619-7090


Understand Your Score

ALEKS scores cannot be interpreted in the same way as exam grades. Your placement result (overall score) is a number between 0 and 100. It represents the percentage of topics ALEKS has identified you have mastered.

Course placement is determined as follows:

ALEKS Score Range

                Course Name

Course Number

        0 - 45

Analysis & Applications of Functions

     MATH 418


(with extreme caution – see below)


      46 – 75

  Analysis & Applications of Functions

     MATH 418

     76 - 100

  Calculus I

     MATH 425


**NOTE:  If your ALEKS score is below 46, you will be allowed to enroll in MATH 418, but you need more mathematics preparation before the course begins. You are encouraged to spend as much time in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module as possible this summer so that is prepared to succeed in your mathematics course this fall.


Student Accessibility Services - Test Accommodations

This is not a timed test. The assessment will ask up to 30 questions. You may take as long as you need to answer the questions, as long as the assessment is completed within 48 hours of starting.

If you need a special test accommodation, please contact UNH’s Student Accessibility Services by phone at (603) 862-2607, or via e-mail at You may also visit their website at