All students admitted to Penn State have demonstrated the ability to succeed academically. A Penn State education is meant to help you become an independent learner. Therefore, you need to develop new study skills, refine time management strategies, and actively use learning resources in order to be successful at the collegiate level. It’s important for you to begin in the courses that match your readiness and are most likely to lead to success.
ALEKS Math Assessment
Your first step in preparing for New Student Orientation (NSO) is to take your ALEKS Math Assessment. The results from the ALEKS Math Assessment are used to determine your appropriate starting level in mathematics and chemistry -- please take this assessment seriously. There is no benefit to inflating your score or minimizing your skills on this assessment. It is used for placement only.
All first-year students must complete ALEKS regardless of Advanced Placement (AP) exams, Advanced Level (A-Level) exams, International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, or courses for college credit at another institution. All majors at the University require courses in quantification. You may not take courses in mathematics, statistics, or chemistry without demonstrating readiness through this assessment. You will not move through the remaining required steps of NSO without completing ALEKS.
There is no additional cost associated with completing ALEKS. Please allow 2-3 hours to complete ALEKS.
Some students have experienced issues when accessing ALEKS via LionPATH, reporting that the button to click on ALEKS won’t load correctly. If this happens to you, it may be because you have pop-ups blocked in your browser. Please reconfigure your browser settings to allow pop-ups.
If you still need assistance after trying these steps, please email firstname.lastname@example.org (be sure to include your 9-digit Penn State ID number in your email) or call us at 814-865-4178.