ALEKS: The no-pressure refresher

Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system — very similar to a tutor. It uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine what you know in a course — then instructs you on topics you are ready to learn.

As you work through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses your understanding of topics to ensure that lessons are retained. ALEKS courses are complete in their topic coverage, and they avoid multiple-choice questions.

ALEKS also provides the advantages of one-on-one instruction, 24/7, from virtually any web-based computer for a fraction of the cost of a human tutor.

Cost: $32 for a six-week access code

ALEKS Course Codes for Penn State Behrend Students

Penn State Course ALEKS Registration Course Code
MATH 003 (Basic Skills) Y4QL3-T3XLG
MATH 004 (Intermediate Algebra) G63DQ-FVJYL
MATH 021 (College Algebra I) C3KQJ-GJHMW

MATH 022 (College Algebra II and Analytic Geometry)


MATH 041 (Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry)


Math Prep for Physics



How to Register

1. Login to your ALEKS account, or register as a new user at
2. Enter the course code from the Registration Course Codes table above for your starting level.

MATH 003-MATH 041 Course Selection Guide:

Example #1     If you placed into MATH 004, take the MATH 003 equivalent to refresh the skills needed for success in MATH 004.

Example #2     If you placed into MATH 004 but would like to retest in order to place into MATH 021, take the MATH 004 equivalent to refresh the skills needed for success in MATH 021. 

3. Confirm your course (i.e. Math 3/Basic Skills/Prep-Erie/Pennsylvania State University)
4. Click on Purchase an Access Code Online, then select Higher-Ed short (6 weeks), and follow the instructions to pay with a credit card.
5. Complete the registration process. You will now be ready to have a quick tutorial.
6. Take the Assessment after reviewing important information on the reverse.


Once you register, you will be guided through a 10-minute tutorial that will help you become familiar with the ALEKS system.

After the tutorial, you will take an initial placement assessment in the ALEKS “Assessment Mode.” The assessment will create a precise understanding of your knowledge of mathematics. Try to answer each question to the best of your ability. If you do not know the answer, just click “I don’t know.” Answering questions correctly during your assessment will enable you to avoid repeating these topics later in ALEKS.

Once your placement assessment is complete, the “My Pie” report will show you precisely how much of each topic area you know and what you are ready to learn next. You can navigate the pie chart to enter the ALEKS “Learning Mode.” Once you begin a topic (“Practice”), ALEKS will provide you with feedback on your answers and will inform you of how many times you need to answer this type of question correctly to add the item to “My Pie.” If you need help with a problem, just click on “Explain.” Once you see the solution, you can rework a similar problem that contains different variables.

Occasionally, ALEKS may trigger another assessment for you. This is to both reconfirm that topics added to your pie are still mastered and to reassess your overall knowledge of mathematics. Please do your best and take these assessments seriously as they will affect your ongoing work in ALEKS. ALEKS may also take you to a “Review Area” upon logging in, allowing you to refresh recently learned items. If you do not want to work in this area, you can simply click on “My Pie” located on the upper right hand corner to return to learning mode to learn new items.

ALEKS Plug-in

The ALEKS plug-in is used by your browser when you are logged on to ALEKS. It is inactive at other times, and does not do anything except provide functionality for ALEKS. However, if you remove the ALEKS plug-in from your computer, you won't be able to access ALEKS on that computer until you re-install it. This is a safe operation for your computer, and will be automatically downloaded if it isn’t already installed.  You will be asked for permission to install the plug-in program on your system.

If you need to access ALEKS on a computer where you don’t have authorization to install software, use the ALEKS “streaming” plug-in by going to and simply log in or register as you normally would.  ALEKS will automatically retrieve the plug-in and store it in the browser’s memory.  No special user rights are necessary.


If you have questions or registration/system issues with ALEKS, please contact customer support.