5.3 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 teacher 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 haven't learned this yet button when you have no idea of the answer;
it's always better to try to respond if you possibly can, since
"I haven't learned this yet" 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.