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ALEKS Mathematics Placement Exam

ALEKS is a mathematics placement exam used at the University of Northern Iowa to determine appropriate placement in math course(s). The following students are expected to complete the mathematics placement test prior to orientation:

  • All entering freshmen

  • All entering transfer students who are planning to enroll in any math class during their time at UNI

  • All College of Business majors (regardless of which math courses you have already completed)

The ALEKS assessment consists of 20 to 35 questions and takes approximately one to two hours to complete. A built-in calculator is provided when appropriate. There is no additional fee for taking the assessment, for the online review modules, or up to four re-takes. In addition to assisting students and their advisors in selecting appropriate math and physics course(s), ALEKS provides review modules to assist students in addressing areas of deficiency as determined by the ALEKS assessment. This remediation program provides an opportunity for students to be better prepared to succeed in their college math courses.

If you are beginning as a UNI student in spring semester 2015 or fall semester 2015, please wait to take the ALEKS exam until you've received information along with your orientation invitation brochure.  Students admitted for spring semester 2015 will receive this information in mid-October, and students admitted for fall semester 2015 will receive this information beginning in early March. At that time you will access ALEKS through your MyUNIverse account.  Use your CatID login and password to access MyUNIverse. You'll find your CatID in your admissions letter. MyUNIverse is accessible online at:

If you experience any technical difficulties with the ALEKS software or plug-in, contact ALEKS technical support directly at (714) 619-7090.

Unfortunately, ALEKS is not currently compatible with screen reading technology.  Students with disabilities who require accommodations for the exam should contact Student Disability Services at (319) 273-2677 or prior to taking the exam.

If you have additional questions, check the FAQ link on the right side of this page or contact Kristin Woods, Assistant Dean of Students for New Student Programs, at