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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 fee for taking the assessment the first time. In addition to assisting students and their advisors in selecting appropriate math 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.

You will access ALEKS through your MyUNIverse account.  Use your CatID login and password to access MyUNIverse at:

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

ALEKS does offer a placement exam that is compatible with screen reading technology.  If you would like access to this version of the exam, please contact Kristin Woods, Assistant Dean of Students at 319-273-2815 or

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 or the Department of Mathematics at 319-273-2631.