4.3.2 Automatic Assessments
Additional assessments (knowledge checks) after the Initial Assessment are
triggered automatically by the system based on the student's rate of
progress and on the amount of time the student has spent working in
ALEKS. ALEKS triggers
the following automatic assessments:
when the student has mastered approximately 20 topics in the Learning
Mode and spent at least 5 hours working in ALEKS
since the last assessment.
Login Time Assessment
when the student has spent 10 hours working in the Learning Mode since
the last assessment.
when 60 days have passed since the last assessment.
Objective Completion Assessment
when the student completes the material of
a textbook chapter or objective
or reaches the assigned Mastery Level
Goal Completion Assessment
when the student has completed the final topic of the pie chart. If
the assessment does not confirm the student's mastery of the course
materials, the student will return to the Learning Mode. Consequently,
more than one Goal Completion Assessment is possible, but ALEKS
will not reassess the student if a only small number of topics need to
These are all Progress-style assessments. Some
modification of the parameters given above is possible; contact ALEKS
Corporation Customer Support for assistance if you would like to adjust
Note that a Progress,
Login Time, or Periodic
Assessment (Knowledge Check) "resets the clock," so that assessments do
not occur one on top of another. In general, ALEKS will avoid
triggering unnecessary re-assessments.
Progress made by the student through the Learning Mode, or as the result
of an assessment, periodically updates the list of available topics,
displaying a new pie chart and new choices of concepts the student is
"ready to learn." The automatic assessments check the students'
retention of recently learned material, and may also include topics the
student is ready to learn.
NOTE. Automatic assessments may be postponed due to a scheduled assignment.
This occurs when the assignment has the Prevent automatic
assessments box checked
(Sec. 6.5.6). Also, to avoid
the over-assessment of students, all automatic assessments will be
prevented for students with 10 or fewer items remaining in an Objective or
in the 48 hours preceding the Objective end date.
For Objectives without end dates, automatic assessments will be prevented
for students with 10 or fewer items remaining to complete the current
Objective, regardless of the mastery levels set