ALEKS Online Math

February 16, 2011
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Content: Math
Grade(s): 3rd – 12th
Perspective: Secular
Prep Time: None
Teacher Manual: N/A
Teacher Involvement: Minimal
Cost: $$$$ || ?
Pages: Online Program

Common Core Aligned: Yes

** From ALEKS’ Website: **

ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is an adaptive, online math program that uses artificial intelligence and open-response questioning to identify precisely what each student knows and doesn’t know.

ALEKS offers complete math programs in:

  • Elementary Math
  • Pre-Algebra (traditional & remedial)
  • Algebra 1 (traditional & remedial)
  • Algebra 2 (traditional & remedial)
  • Geometry (traditional & remedial)
  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • Business Math
  • Statistics (regular and AP)
  • AP Chemistry

ALEKS is accessible from virtually any computer with Internet access, making it a flexible and mobile educational solution for your children. ALEKS offers unlimited online access for both PC and Mac computers. A Master Account allows parents to monitor and direct learning progress.

While no textbook is required, a selection of popular textbooks can be easily integrated with various ALEKS course products. When you choose to integrate a textbook with an ALEKS class, a custom syllabus aligned with the textbook will be automatically assigned to your class. This syllabus can be revised by the teacher using the ALEKS Content Editor or by working with ALEKS Customer Support.

ALEKS is available in monthly, 6-month, and 12-month subscriptions.

About the Author:
Textbook publisher McGraw Hill now owns and manages the ALEKS Online Math program.

Because one opinion is never enough! Have you ever used ALEKS Online Math? How did it work for your family? Share your review below.


  • Cathy D May 1, 2014 at 1:16 am

    My DS11 used ALEKS as a supplement when he was in a traditional classroom. He enjoyed it as a filler, since there was no math challenge before 3rd grade. Once he was placed in Algebra we didn’t use ALEKS anymore. I think it’s great for accelerating a student along the conventional math path and for filling in gaps, but it doesn’t emphasize creativity. Its interface is deliberately simple, which might turn some kids off. They offer a very short free trial, so you can give it a try.

  • Sarah Macleod September 3, 2012 at 8:42 am

    We tried ALEKS Precalculus. Overall, my final recommendation would be to use ALEKS on its own as a bridge, as we are now, to deal with a rough spot in mathematical learning. It also would serve as a fine supplement to a “live” curriculum. I think math needs to be discussed, and this just doesn’t happen with ALEKS.

    The user interface is clunky. A parent can set the frequency which one will receive reports on attendance and mastery, but, at least for us, the amount of time ALEKS records the child being in session doesn’t jibe with the child’s time in front of the computer. Specifically, the report vastly under-reports the time the user was on the program. This led to many painful confrontations about time use until I came to understand (thanks to a parent friend) the inconsistency they’d also experienced. Even the number of topics mastered on the report doesn’t jibe with my son’s experience. I’ve yet to figure this out, but I do know I’m not alone in this frustration.

    Second, written examples and instructions just don’t cut it all the time. While for some learners, it may be sufficient, it’s just not for my son. While he is highly mathematically talented, he’s not mathematically interested and disengages rather easily with this format. I’ve encouraged him to seek Khan Academy lectures and even dear old mom for support when needed. Despite this pitfall, he’d still rather do ALEKS than return to the textbook and mom.

    Third, the response system (the way a student answers questions) encourages precision but not process. There is no partial credit on ALEKS. Sure, this may seem like a good deal, but ALEKS doesn’t encourage a learner to show his/her work. I’ve worked long and hard to convince my older son that showing his work allows him to go back and check his own work and find mistakes. I started giving partial credit in Algebra precisely to encourage him to think on paper. I’m hoping I’ve not undone that by using ALEKS. The precision vs showing work is a trade-off, and had he been earlier in his mathematical education, I’d likely have switched programs (or majorly supplemented) to assure showing work was a learned skill.

    You can read the rest of my ALEKS review at

  • Lauren in PA April 29, 2012 at 6:51 am

    We’ve used ALEKS for 3rd grade, which my son prefers over EPGY. The system is much more dynamic and you have more control over your progress. Instead of following lock-step, you can chose which topics to work on each day. If you click on help, it shows you the explanation and solution for the exact problem you’re on. If you get stuck, you can simply pick another topic and come back to the problem area whenever you’re ready. In ALEKS, his teacher can print homework sheets that are created dynamically based on wherever he is at the time. It also creates answer sheets so you can check work. ALEKS uses an algorithm to create new problems. It is imperfect, as I have to say that we’ve seen repeat problems on the homework.
    As ALEKS tests you, it dynamically updates the topics you need to learn. Therefore you can test out of material and not have to go through the practice for every single topic like EPGY. Alternatively, if it discovers you forgot how to do something it had thought you mastered, it adds this back into your practice. ALEKS also lets you select the standards you want to use for reporting purposes. We’re in PA and so the school can monitor his progress on PA standards and see exactly where his learning lines up with their benchmarks and state testing.

  • LABrickner February 23, 2011 at 9:23 am

    I highly recommend ALEKS as a way to ensure mastery while giving the student control over his own schedule. We tried three other Algebra programs, but I found my students were glossing over topics and trying to move on without mastering key concepts. ALEKS keeps throwing missed concepts back on the test. I would set a “percentage of completion” goal date for each student. The student could determine which topic to work on, but eventually all topics were mastered. ALEKS required very little teacher involvement and provides useful reports to track student progress. The lessons aren’t particularly creative or engaging, but for the student who doesn’t necessarily love math and wants to just get it over with, ALEKS proved to be excellent. We went on to use ALEKS for Algebra II and Geometry, too.

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