ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

4.3 Knowledge Checks and Your Learning


The purpose of Knowledge Checks in ALEKS is to throughout your learning path to confirm that you have retained material previously learned and to provide review and reinforcement when it is needed. New Knowledge Checks occur at regular intervals (typically 20 new topics learned or 10 hours in the system), or after the completion or due date of an Objective. Note that any new Knowledge Check "resets the clock," so that they don't occur one after another.
You can see when your next Knowledge Check is coming up by clicking on the Knowledge Check icon on your Home page, next to the Timeline/ALEKS Pie switch. When it is time for the Knowledge Check, you will see a notification, and you will have 24 hours to begin it (the exact period may be different if your instructor sets it differently for your class). Before beginning the Knowledge Check, you may wish to review by clicking on Review for Knowledge Check; this option appears under the Knowledge Check notification and on your Primary Guidance Menu.
It is important to make your best effort on the Knowledge Check! Do not rush or work when tired; remember you can always break off and resume the Knowledge Check later. As always, only use the I don't know button when you have no idea of the answer; it's always better to try to respond if you possibly can, since "I don't know" is counted as "incorrect." Note that you are likely to get at least a couple of questions that you haven't learned yet, due to the adaptive nature of the Knowledge Check mechanism.
Needs More Practice. It is also normal to lose some topics from your mastery count on a Knowledge Check. This simply means that those topics need additional reinforcement; in most cases you will add them back quickly. ALEKS will present these topics in the beginning of the Topic Carousel under Needs More Practice.