Steps to NIC's Math Placement Assessment 

Step One: Use your MyNIC user name and password to access your ALEKS Math Placement account HERE. Once you are in your ALEKS account, complete the survey and tools tutorial.  

Step Two: Complete your Unproctored ALEKS attempt.

This is a practice attempt and does not count toward your college placement. Do NOT get outside help--take this practice attempt as if it was a real attempt. After you complete this unproctored practice attempt at home a Prep and Learning Module will be created specifically for you to provide even more practice. 

Step Three: Practice a minimum of 3 hours in your ALEKS PPL prep and learning mode. 

You must complete at least 3 hours in your PPL before moving to step four. Data shows, on average, for any student who spends at least three hours in Prep and Learning mode, and then takes a second assessment, their placement score increases by 18.46 percentage points. You may work in your prep and learning modules in the comfort of your home. The Math Education Center at NIC can also provide free support to you as you work in your PPL. 

Step Four: Sign up for an official proctored assessment attempt.

  • Click select placement assessment from the first dropdown menu and continue to follow the steps
  • Be sure that your scheduled time is at least 2 hours before the Testing Center closes to ensure you have time to complete your assessment. YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO BEGIN YOUR ASSESSMENT IF YOU SCHEDULE LESS THAN TWO HOURS BEFORE THE TESTING CENTER CLOSES.
  • Please contact the Testing Center if you need to change or cancel your appointment and remember to bring a photo ID with you.


* Students are allowed one practice attempt and four proctored official attempts.

*Students requiring a proctored assessment outside of the NIC Testing Center or Outreach Centers should call (208) 676 7203 to make special arrangements.


For more information, please read the ALEKS FAQ document.


Questions or concerns about the ALEKS?

NIC Testing Center    (208) 676-7203 or (208) 676-7207
NIC Advising Services  (208) 769-7821
NIC Mathematics Dept  (208) 665-4521