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ALEKS Math Placement and Boot Camp Information

ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system that uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a course.

ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics they are most ready to learn and as a student works through a course, it will periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained.

ALEKS courses are very complete in their topic coverage and avoids multiple-choice questions so that when a student shows a high level of mastery for a course, they will be successful in the actual course they want to take.

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.

For more information visit the ALEKS website

ALEKS Boot Camp

What is the MCC Math Boot Camp?

MCC ALEKS Math Boot Camp (aka MATH Skill Building Program) is a non-credit, web-based math placement preparation program for certificate and degree seeking students to improve their placement in their first MCC math course or placement into an advanced mathematics course.

We encourage new incoming MCC student get a recommendation from an Enrollment Navigator or Academic Advisor to complete the 2-week boot camp after New Student Orientation (NSO).  As a boot camp participant, we want to ensure you have a smart start at MCC for the math class that is right for you through successful completion of your math courses!

Do I Qualify?

Students who qualify are those who:
(1) apply to MCC and complete New Student Orientation (NSO).
(2) have an ALEKS account that is still valid and have remaining attempts to take the placement test.
(3) complete the SmartMeasure readiness assessment and review your results with an Advising Staff member(an FYE Advisor, Enrollment Navigator or Academic Advisor).

Note: all five placement tests must be completed within one year from when a student registers for an ALEKS PPL account.

What's the policy for an ALEKS math placement test account?

Students who are not exempt from math placement via ACT scores, math placement via high school transcripts or academic program math requirement may participate in the MCC Math Boot Camp to create an ALKES PPL account. 

Each ALEKS PPL account is valid for one year and provides students with five opportunities to take the placement test for a better placement score (if necessary).

All five placement tests must be completed after completing ALEKS skill building exercises in-between each retake and within one year from the time a student registers for an ALEKS PPL account.

Express retesting is available without ALEKS skill building for $20 per each attempt.

What course formats are offered?

You can complete the MCC Math Boot Camp online at home with Zoom math lab for support.  Once students are able to return to MCC campus locations, all proper social distancing and sanitation precautions will be followed to keep the students, faculty and staff safe while visiting the Math Center.

What will it cost?

The MCC Math Boot Camp is FREE!

HOW LONG IS MATH BOOT CAMP?

1-HOUR WELCOME LAB using Zoom with instructor Manar Al-Suqaier and an FYE advisor.

2 WEEKS of Skill building remotely using the ALEKS preparation modules.  The instructor is available via email/phone during the two week period to answer questions and provide feedback on progress prior to taking the second assessment test.

6 HOURS (AM OR PM) each week at home or with the Math Center is the minimum amount of time a student will invest in recalling or building math skills to save money and/or math courses needed to complete their program of study.

13 HOURS! Completed review, building math skills and placement testing!

MCC MATH BOOT CAMP CURRICULUM

WEEK 1
  • WELCOME ZOOM MEETING WITH INSTUCTOR & ADVISING STAFF
  • MINIMUM OF 6 HOURS PRACTICE TIME AT HOME
  • ZOOM CHECKING WITH INSTUCTOR FOR FEEDBACK
  • ADDITIONAL SUPPORT VIA ZOOM/Microsoft Teams and WITH THE MATH CENTER
  • TECHNICAL SUPPORT VIA THE LEARNING AND TUTORING CENTER (LTC)
  • TAKE ASSESSMENT TEST #2 – Testing Center should be point of contact – Using Respondus lockdown browser and monitor.  Testing center could proctor in ZOOM.
WEEK 2
  • ZOOM CHECKING WITH INSTUCTOR FOR FEEDBACK
  • MINIMUM OF 12 HOURS PRACTICE TIME AT HOME
  • ADDITIONAL SUPPORT VIA ZOOM/Microsoft Teams and WITH THE MATH CENTER
  • TECHNICAL SUPPORT VIA THE LEARNING AND TUTORING CENTER (LTC)
  • ZOOM CHECKING WITH INSTUCTOR FOR FEEDBACK
  • TAKE ASSESSMENT TEST #3. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT VIA ZOOM/Microsoft Teams and WITH THE MATH CENTER
  • SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH ENROLLMENT NAVIGATOR/FYE ADVISOR FOR MATH COURSE REGISTRATION OR COURSE PLANING FOR MATH.