ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is a research-based, web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning online math program for grades 3-12. ALEKS provides the advantages of one-on-one instruction 24/7 for a fraction of the cost of a human tutor and is accessible from virtually any computer with Internet access. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to adjust the learning modules presented. A placement assessment is used to determine a student's knowledge in a course, and periodic reassessments help ensure knowledge retention. ALEKS is web-based and accessible on both Windows and Mac systems. ALEKS is a division of McGraw-Hill Education.

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Pros:NoneCons:Too many to even countGrades Used:9This learning program is garbage. It only sets your child up with stress and unhealthy frustration. I have used ALEKS and it has made cry because of the amount of frustration I've experianced, as well as lacking sleep because I am stressed that I won't finish my topics on time. I have learned nothing from this program- absoluetly nothing. What would actually be nice is a program that can TEACH me how to do math, with the right curriculum and carefully - as if it were teaching regular students and not some Harvard grade college student. I do not reccomend this unless you want your student or child to sit through painful hours of tears and anxiety.

Pros:NONECons:It is set up for students that are not struggling and leaves behind the ones that are!Grades Used:9thThis "learning" system is garbage. My child struggles with learning disabilities and this program does NOT help one bit! I can't tell you how many hours he spends just trying to complete his assignments. What used to take an hour or two now takes him five hours on a good day! I had to spend money on this junk website due to COVID and school work going online and I really want my money back! This program doesn't even let the student review for quizzes or tests! Instead, it says "section already completed" and the reviews that do exist are random, and makes the student REPEAT whole entire pie sections AGAIN if ONE question is answered wrong on the random "review". Worse, if one question is answered incorrectly, rather than giving that same question again, another one is generated and completely different from the last! And the ABSOLUTE WORST part about it all is it locks students out of other assignments if other parts aren't completed. I am so SICK of ALEKS and watching my child get left behind because some garbage program can't teach jack. I will be bringing it up to the school board. Don't trust the "positive" reviews, most of those reviews have been paid for!

Pros:NONECons:TOO MANY TO EVEN LISTALEKS is by far THE WORST website I have ever used in my entire life. I am getting so mad just by writing this review. If you get a question wrong it SENDS YOU BACKWARDS AND YOU LOSE YOUR PROGRESS!!! This is the most aggravating thing ever. There are also random knowledge checks that just take up even more of my time when i'm trying to do my precalc homework. I DO NOT HAVE TIME FOR A KNOWLEDGE CHECK. THANK YOU.

Pros:Check box standardsCons:No authenticity in learning experiencesGrades Used:7-12I don’t think it offers student an authentic learning experience and does not allow them to create.

Pros:NOTHINGCons:EVERYTHINGGrades Used:QR101 CollegeAbsolutely terrible, this is the worst program I have EVER used in my life. The creators of MANY of these problems can't even round in there solutions so you never know if you actually get it correct because of their poor rounding. I would NEVER recommend this to my worst enemy. Something else that is terrible about this program is it TAKES AWAY your progress if you get one wrong. I spent 4 hours trying to get through a section and could due to the poor rounding and poor entering of the answers. NEVER USE THIS PROGRAM!

Pros:Good for reviewCons:Tremendous amount of time and effort, unhealthy in certain situations, no spare time, not a great learning tool, inconsistentGrades Used:10I am a dual-credit student who attends a difficult high school. As of right now, I am enrolled in a Pre-calc/Trigonometry Class in college. The class uses ALEKS as a way to "teach" students how to do different topics in the class. We are assigned 70-50 topics with only about a week to complete it. It is a daunting task as I and several of my peers would be stuck on a lesson for hours on end. When we would be close to finishing a question, we get it wrong and have to answer two more questions. Granted that we answer those questions correctly, we would finish and get stuck on another lesson. Another problem I have with the program is whenever I answer the question wrong after two attempts, it would automatically give the explanation. Problem being that the explanations are very confusing for someone trying to learn the topic and the videos can be confusing at times. The explanations also do not show your answer, so we cannot compare the right answer to our answer in order to see what we did wrong. Because we attend a difficult high school, our workload is large and puts an immense amount of stress on ourselves, causing us to lose sleep needed for the next day. At times, my peers and I would get so discouraged and crestfallen that we would throw fits of rage. Driven by the fact that this for our grade, we push through the late nights and early mornings in hopes to complete it on time. The topic order is also inconsistent most of the time. At one point we would be doing basic topics in Algebra II, then right after that I would be thrown into trig with little to no explanation needed to do the lesson. Math should be fun and intuitive, not mind-numbingly frustrating and confusing. This program requires a tremendous amount of time, time that we do not have. I can see children who are homeschooled and children who are mildly to highly gifted in mathematics have no problem with this, but as a student who attends high school and college simultaneously, it is a serious drawback to our learning and health.

Pros:NONECons:Just about to much to listIf I ever meet ALEKS in person I'm going to junk punch him! I program and no problems doing math until I met this joke of AI. I literally just sit in class and mess the AI part. at least I'm learning something...To mess with AI. I used to tutor Algebra and Calculus and this thing garbage.

Pros:Testing to determine where to start, Aleks fills in knowledge gaps that are detected, pie chart progress, work at your own pace. Very rewarding!Cons:Some more difficult topics should have a video presentedGrades Used:3rd, 4th and 6thI decided to try the Aleks online math for my third and sixth-grade homeschool students. My third grader tested very high in the third-grade math so it only took her a week to complete the subjects that her placement test detected she needed to learn, she was then put into the fourth grade Aleks math and also tested very high and completed the fourth grade in only a few months! I decided at that point to slow down a bit and ordered her some fourth-grade workbooks so that she could get really good at her multiplication tables and division.

My sixth grader tested and basically used the year to work through all the standards required for grade 6. Both of my girls LOVED Aleks math. They had been doing the Singapore Math and both of them really did not like it, perhaps because we did not start them from grade 1 and the jargon was not learned early. But they loved Aleks so much. Watching the pie chart fill in with all the color as they mastered each topic or lesson was so much fun for all of us. I love how they weave in and review repeatedly so that it is a sure thing that your students know what they need to know before moving to the next topic. The knowledge checks I think are necessary, but can be annoying when you want to work ahead 🙂 But such is life! I love knowing that she gets tested and cannot move on until she relearns the topics that she did not answer correctly in the Knowledge check. I do feel for school children who already have a very padded homework load, but math is such an important skill and the confidence once you have mastered a math topic is so rewarding and that confidence will grow and help our children through lifes "problems" whether they are math problems or real life problems. The art of being presented with a problem that you have no idea in the beginning where to even start to solve it and then you just start taking steps to figure out what it will take to solve it is a beautiful art and math is such a great excersise for everyone in learning how to break things down. My sixth grader gained a confidence this last year using Aleks that she did not have before and I am so grateful to have found a math that works for her. She did so amazing and I am so looking forward to watching her grow and learn more with Aleks math in the seventh grade. I understand why there were children that were frustrated, but I think if you cannot figure out how to do the math with Aleks explanations then you can google it, check Khan Academy or other online sources. That may be part of the learning process sometimes which is just what you sometimes have to do in math and in life to get to the answers you need 🙂 My daughter is also lucky to have me to help her get through the really tough lessons that seemingly don't make sense and I understand and feel for the kids who do not have a parent at home to help them with some of the tougher subjects. But, we really loved Aleks math and we will use them again next year for both of my girls!

Pros:Great Explanations, No Multiple Choice Answers, Regular Knowledge Checks, Accurate Review TopicsCons:Requires a dedicated and responsible studentGrades Used:High School/CollegeALEKS is great. I was always a poor math student who struggled with math. ALEKS has taught me how to check my work and actually learn and understand what I am doing as I solve a problem. It has allowed me to become a strong math student and eliminated my fear of math. Any student complaining about ALEKS likely lacks the motivation to actually learn the material and is frustrated that ALEKS does not allow for coasting by on poor comprehension of a topic. ALEKS teaches in a well-structured way that builds on prior topics and the review function is extremely helpful and accurate. I love ALEKS and when I get stuck I'm not so lazy that I can't go look up a lecture somewhere to help and then come back. The makers of ALEKS understand that math is learned by doing, which is why so many give it up. Math is for the stubborn, not the easily frustrated! I am not gifted in math, but I am a motivated student and this platform has exponentially increased my skills and confidence. I LOVE ALEKS.

Pros:Easy to useCons:Too many to mentionGrades Used:CollegeIf you browse through all the reviews on here you will notice that the positive ones share a common theme: they all involve a student who is already "gifted" in mathematics.

If you are not gifted at mathematics, then this program is a disaster. I've encountered all the same issues as everyone else. Answers that were graded incorrect when they were in fact correct. Being stuck on the same topic for over an hour because it does not explain thoroughly why you are incorrect.

Pros:Absolutely none.Cons:Literally everything about it.Grades Used:5th-7thALEKS is just a poor way to teach children math. ALEKS should do something better in their life, such as-- ANYTHING ELSE. The way it is built is just plain dumb. I really don't recommend using this site for teaching. If you need a website to go to, try Xtra Math. That is what our school uses. As a teacher, I think it would be best if no one uses ALEKS.

Pros:none.Cons:EVERYTHING ABOUT IT.Grades Used:middle, high, and college mathIm a student that uses Aleks. Your guess is... I HATE IT!! It causes me so much stress to get it done by each quater. I don't have time to do it and when I learn the things in school, my teacher has to explain it all over again. Instruters like it because they don't have to do anything to set it up and this sounds werid, but... THEY CAN FRICKEN STALK WHAT YOUR DOING!! I would NOT recamend this website to anyone. It causes stress to get your goals done and to keep failing at everything on it. I just losed fate in myself while using it.

Pros:noneCons:Bad interfaceGrades Used:mathAbsolutely terrible platform never use this for any reason whatsoever! the user interface is clunk and unusable. the course I take makes me use this platform. I consistently get questions wrong on homework because of the bad UI. please use something else

Pros:Goes at your pace and let's you review topicsCons:Time consuming and frustratingGrades Used:8thIn theory, ALEKS would work great as a review tool. The system moves at your own pace and each lesson is only a few problems so you can move through the ones you know quickly. However, this is not most people's experience with ALEKS. There are several major drawbacks that make ALEKS a nightmare for your average student.

1. It takes forever, This is the biggest issue for me and most students. A teacher usually assigns a certain amount of lessons that must be completed by a set date. With Aleks, students will find themselves spending hours each week trying to complete the ALEKS. As somebody who has other classes and does two sports, I dedicate my weekends to doing the ALEKS. It takes me several hours, and some students don't have the opportunity to do their lessons over the weekend.

2. It will not teach you. This is why I say it's only good for review. In order to get anywhere during an ALEKS lesson, you need to already know how to do the topic. At the beginning of each lesson, you get a bare-bones explanation of how to do the skill. Once you begin doing the problems, you will be confused as the explanation does not cover all the things you will see in the practice. I often find myself having to look at countless examples before I was able to pass a lesson, and many times I had memorized the answers.

3. It's picky/can be wrong. There have been several times when I was quite sure I got a problem right only for it to be counted wrong. It's also very picky, making you round and simplify in very specific ways.

4. The Knowledge checks are pointless. After you complete a certain number of lessons or spend a certain amount of time on ALEKS, you will be given a knowledge check. You can also get these if your teacher has given a certain amount of lessons. Knowledge checks, in theory, allow you to skip lessons you already know. However, they can take up to an hour and getting problems wrong can mean you have to redo an already completed lesson. There is no way to skip the knowledge check, and it can be very annoying when you are trying to work on lessons that have been given as homework only to be interrupted with a knowledge check.

5. Passing a lesson is hard. When you begin doing the lesson, you have a progress bar. To finish a lesson, you have to get three to five problems right in a row. If you get two in a row right, it counts as completing two problems, so for some lessons you only need to get two right. However, if you get a problem wrong it moves you back a spot. This can be infuriating when you get a couple right in a row and lose your progress because you got one wrong. ALEKS also offers no explanation for what you got wrong or how to fix it, so you can make the same mistake several times.

6. Time to take a break. After you get a lesson wrong several times, a message pops up telling you to take a break, and it locks you out of the lesson for a while. If you have lessons to review, it has you do that but it can be horrible if you need to get a certain number of lessons done for homework and you can't finish the one you need.

I've seen some people say that their child loved the program, but it was probably because they were

a) already gifted at math and knew how to do the lessons

b) using it as review

c) homeschooled so they didn't have the same workload

Aleks is the most annoying thing to deal with when you have to get 40 topics a week and you have to worry about my other 6 classes homework and what not. I also have athletics so i never have time to myself.

Pros:I can turn off the computerCons:So many to list. If you are weak at Math this program will be a disasterGrades Used:CollegeI have read these reviews and can relate to all the bad reviews. It is a beat down. I have a full course load and I spend majority of time on Aleks. All the complaints on here are legitimate. I just had a couple marked wrong that had exact answer they gave. I have gone back to college at 50. I dreaded Algebra in College the first time. Aleks is like a bad recurring daily nightmare.

Absolutely horrible. My child has had the worst of experiences with this website and I would definitely NOT recommend. Not only does it mark questions horribly, but also causes multiple reasons for having NO TIME for my kid to finish their homework!! If I could I'd rate this website 0 stars!

Pros:NOTHINGCons:EVERYTHINGGrades Used:CollegeI am in tears as I write this. I'm 30 going back to school. Math is already difficult I have a math learning disability and this program has caused me several break downs in the last month of using it. Its new to our math department, so trying to say anything negative to my instructor falls on deaf ears.

I've experienced panic attacks because id get the first two problems correct and if i missed that last and final one and the topic became LOCKED after so many attempts i believe its 3 before the "take a break" message pops up.

Pros:NoneCons:EVERYTHINGGrades Used:CollegeIt is beyond time consuming, especially for students that have to work 30 hours a week to pay rent and for school. If you keep getting answers wrong on a topic, it will make you work on something else but when you finish and get back to what you were struggling with they don't explain it differently to help you understand so it's basically impossible to get through and before you know it the next unit is due and your work just keeps snowballing.

Pros:NOTHINGCons:The whole entire thingGrades Used:CollegeThe Worst way to ever learn math. Especially if it is something you struggle with already. The system does not thoroughly teach you things. You only get up to 5 times to truly “learn” something. They take away points if you get something wrong which is absolutely RIDICULOUS. So it ends up kicking you off if you get something wrong more than 3 times. Whoever came up with this idea of a website surely wanted it to be used by lazy teachers. A complete waste of my time and money. I can not believe that they actually expect students to learn ANYTHING having to do with math on ALEKS. Not to mention, it’s glitches out all of the time so you could be doing great on something and the whole thing just messes up. You can also get something right and you and multiple other humans (not computers) know it’s right, but the program keeps saying you’re incorrect. If you have a hard time with math and are paying out of pocket for school DO NOT BUY THIS. You will feel the stupidest you ever have in your whole life and not learn anything. It has made me beyond angry and made me want to drop the class I’m in.

Pros:Very, very thorough as a review toolCons:Don't need the 5 hour minimum time between Knowledge Checks - would be nice if that was configurable.Grades Used:7, 8, 9There seems to be a lot of students who find ALEKS frustrating - but our son loves it. Here's our experience - We use ALEKS as a REVIEW tool, not a primary learning tool. Our son is mildly gifted in math (in 7th grade and just finished 9th Grade Algebra 1a & 1b) and he LOVES using ALEKS to review what he has already learned at the end of each term. He blasts through the ALEKS version of the term's curriculum over a 6 or 7 day period. It catches many little things he either missed or is rusty on, gives him reinforcement in what he does know. It has very clearly improved his performance on his exams. Considering he's working 2 years above his age, this extra help is important and I would guess that it improves his exam score by 7 to 8 points. For a kid who is already good in math and want to excel, than the ALEKS pickiness and repetiion that many complain about - is actually an advantage, not a drawback

Pros:NoneCons:The entire systemGrades Used:CollegeAleks is the empotime of bad math teaching. It teaches you the most basic equation in the most vague way. The system counts right answers as wrong or glitches out entirely.

Not only this but should you make even one mistake, it takes a point away. Because that's how math should be taught, by punishing someone for making a mistake. Not by helping them understand where they went wrong (aleks doesn't), not by showing them the different variations of the equation (aleks doesn't), and certainly not by actually teaching them.

Aleks is a copout teaching substitute for teachers who think they're helping by making teaching individualized, when in reality all Aleks does is create more frustration, take up more time, and make less sense.

Pros:NoneCons:EverythingGrades Used:CollegeALEKS marks answers to problems as wrong. Then, when the correct answer is given, it is EXACTLY what you entered for the answer that ALEKS marked as wrong. Worst math program ever written and used in the history of the world! Avoid ALEKS at all costs!

Pros:SamCons:Program is written a bit boxy. I have to go into quizzes and adjust grades. If answers aren't submitted the way the program is written it will count it wrong even thought it's correct. Exp: If the answer is 3+2+2+3 but yours is 2+3+3+2 it will count as wrong.Grades Used:High School GeometryMy daughter just started in Aleks at the end of last month. She is rapidly progressing and all her knowledge checks show her growing. This program is no more expensive than other good ones are. She seems to like it b/c she does not like much fluff and wasted time. She is good at math and loves it. It seems that one person left multiple bad reviews b/c they really loathe this program. This is not actually helpful to others looking at reviews and very noticeable in how it was written. One program will not work for everyone. So far so good for us. We changed from Teaching Textbooks in Geometry and she was a bit behind where she should have been but catching up quickly.

Pros:noneCons:absolutely everythingGrades Used:collegeIt was literally the worst experience of my life, I highly suggest ANY other program, it is time consuming, it has poor explanations, terribly designed, some of the topics are impossible to complete, and you become more stressed out and frustrated than anything else. I would not ever suggest this program to anyone.