4 Steps to Complete Math Placement @ SOU

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  1. Activate your ALEKS Account

    • SOU has partnered with ALEKS to administer math placement exams. Head to inside.sou.edu, log in, and then click the link for ALEKS in the blue "Online Services" section. This should automatically add you to SOU's math placement class, "SOU Math Placement AY22-23, Starts June 2022."

  2. Complete the Tutorial & Take a Practice Test

    • When you first log into ALEKS, it will prompt you to answer a short survey where you indicate your last math class. 

    • Next, ALEKS will prompt you to complete a short tutorial on how to use the website. This is important as you will complete the placement exam in ALEKS using these tools. 

    • Once the tutorial is complete, you should complete the unproctored Placement Assessment. This is a practice version of the placement exam. Complete this on your own first to familiarize yourself with the format and tools used in the exam. 

  3. Sign Up for Your Official Test

    • Once you have completed the unproctored placement exam, you can schedule your official, proctored exam.

    • Zoom Proctoring: Book through Navigate 

    • On Campus Proctoring: Limited availability for in-person proctoring will resume through the Math & Science Lab tutors in Week 2 of the Fall term.
    • If the previous options do not work for you, you can also schedule proctoring with ProctorU, a company that SOU partners with. NOTE: ProctorU does charge fees for proctoring your exam. 

    • For ADA accommodations for testing, please contact our Disability Resources office (dr@sou.edu) for scheduling your math placement exam.
    • Your placement level will be transferred from ALEKS to SOU within 2 business days. Once your placement has been transferred to SOU, you can register for a math course that matches your placement level

  4. If You Want to Retake the Placement Exam

    • If you are unhappy with your initial placement results and would like to retake the exam, you may do so. 

    • You must wait at least 48 hours before retaking the exam.

    • You must spend a minimum amount of time completing Learning Activity modules in ALEKS prior to retaking. 

      • Before taking a 2nd placement: 3 hours in Learning Modules

      • Before taking a 3rd placement: 5 hours in Learning Modules

      • Before taking a 4th placement: 5 hours in Learning Modules

      • Before taking a 5th placement: 8 hours in Learning Modules

    • Are you interested in getting tutored? SOU students have access to the excellent peer tutors in our Math Tutoring Center located in the SOU Library. 

    • Once you are ready to retake your exam, schedule proctoring using the links in Step 3.

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