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To help you prepare for college-level mathematics courses at UT Austin, the Department of Mathematics in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) requires demonstration of readiness through the UT Math Assessment (UTMA). This exam is a paper and pencil exam administered on the UT campus. Preparation for this exam is done through the online ALEKS system. Please read below to get started. Helpful tips and resources can also be found on the left-hand menu.


ONCE YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE ALEKS ASSESSMENT, PRINT AND SAVE YOUR ALEKS PIE AND SCORE. YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ACCESS THIS IN FUTURE SEMESTERS.  IF YOU REQUEST THIS FROM THE CNS DEAN’S OFFICE THERE WILL BE A $10 CHARGE FOR A PRINT OUT.  MANY COMMUNITY COLLEGES AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS MAY REQUEST THIS FROM YOU FOR THEIR COURSES TAKEN AT A LATER DATE.


STUDENTS ENROLLING IN SPRING 2015 COURSES


The UT Mathematics Readiness Exams consist of two parts, ALEKS Math (either the ALEKS math package or just the ALEKS assessment) AND the UT Math Assessment. Students must meet minimum scores on BOTH in order to enroll in calculus. 

Students who took ALEKS Math and/or the UT Math Assessment prior to September 13, 2014 must retake in order to earn valid, current placement scores for Spring 2015. 

PART 1. ALEKS math package or ALEKS assessment

There are two ways to take the ALEKS Math Assessment:

Go directly to the ALEKS assessment and pay a $10 fee. If you do not achieve the required prerequisite score, you may retake the assessment for $10. This option does not include any teaching materials, or a chance to boost your initial assessment score. 

Utilize the College of Natural Sciences ALEKS assessment program which costs $40 and includes the Quest learning materials, the initial ALEKS assessment, 6 weeks of unlimited access to learning modules (which is used to raise the assessment score) and reassessment within the modules. 

Any student wishing to take precalculus (M305G - only available to Natural Sciences students), calculus (M408R, M408K, M408N, M408C), or elementary statistics (M316) must complete the ALEKS Math Assessment by 11:59 pm on January 26, 2015. All students are required to take the Math Warm-up before purchasing ALEKS.

After purchasing the ALEKS math package, you can improve your skills using the Quest learning materials. Once you have completed the ALEKS assessment, you can increase your score by working in the learning modules in ALEKS. You have 6 weeks access to the ALEKS learning modules included in the package.

The appropriate score for your Math course is required by 11:59 pm on January 26, 2015 or you will be dropped from your course.

If your learning modules have expired, and you have not achieved your required score it is recommended that you work through the learning modules in Quest to improve your areas of weakness and then reassess in ALEKS. Please do not repurchase the package, as it will not grant further access to the learning modules. CNS will not issue refunds if you repurchase ALEKS. If you have additional questions or concerns, please send an email to readiness@utlists.utexas.edu with your UT EID. 

PART 2. UT MATH ASSESSMENT

UT Math Assessment lasts 75 minutes and will be given on the following dates:

  •        January 20, 2015 (Tuesday) - 5pm in WEL 2.224
  •        January 22, 2015 (Thursday) - 5pm in WEL 1.308
  •        January 26, 2015 (Monday) - 5pm in WEL 1.308

Students arriving after the exam begins will not be admitted to the exam room and will need to sign up for another exam date.

You may register here to take the UT Math Assessment: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bqM37EO7juGm2Al

If you do not achieve a 70% on your UT Math Assessment, use the UT online resources to improve your math skills before you retake the assessment. Students will be allowed two attempts to reach a 70% on the UT Math Assessment.  If you do not have the appropriate UT Math Assessment score by 11:59pm on January 26, 2015 and are taking a math course with the ALEKS/UT Math Assessment prerequisite, you will be dropped from your math course.

GET STARTED

Review with a math warm-up (required)

Follow this link to purchase the UT CNS Math Assessment Package. This package includes the ALEKS Math Assessment, review learning modules in Quest and the UT Math Assessment.

You will need your EID and a credit card to purchase the UT CNS Math Assessment package. If you have not completed the warm up, you will not be able to check out.

You may access the ALEKS Math Assessment here.

  • Expect the assessment to take 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, so plan accordingly.
  • You must finish the initial assessment once you have started it. After you have finished the initial assessment, you may work in the learning modules.
  • Paper and pencil will be needed.
  • A calculator will be provided by ALEKS when needed, thus you should not use your own.
  • You may not use books, other materials, the Internet, or consult with anyone during the assessment.

Utilize the ALEKS Learning Modules and UT online resources to increase your knowledge of mathematics topics considered to be UT prerequisite course material.

The UT Math Assessment is taken in person, on campus and is required of all students enrolling in M408N, M408K, M408C and M408R. Please register for the UT Math Assessment at https://utexas.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_bqM37EO7juGm2Al