How does ALEKS work??? - page 2

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I have been doing Beginning Algebra as my math requirement for Excelsior through ALEKS for about 2 months now. I called excelsior yesterday to find out how to register for their math exam but they told me that ALEKS is a course... Read More


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    Quote from BarbaraNM
    Hi NatNat,

    Oh, I am SO glad that was helpful for you! I was so ready to be done, so I just requested the new assessment, got a 72%, and then sent it for the ACE credit. I was notified today that it is approved!

    The other class I took was Info Literacy through Penn Foster, and I'm waiting for ACE approval on that one. (Both classes are listed on the ACE website as being eligible/approved, so there shouldn't be a problem!) That's 2 classes I completed in 2 weeks, about 33 hours total.

    Next is Straighterline Eng 101... another ACE approved class. I did the free trial on that one, it seems like it will be a good class...

    Where are you in your journey?
    Hey Babara,
    Wow congrats! Now I'm tempted to log back in and request an assessment! I did information literacy through excelsior and finished and passed in one day hahaha. Were the classes cheaper through Penn Foster? After this math class, I have A&P, then Lifespan Developmental Psychology and then I'm DONE with my prereqs and I can start the program!! Can't waittt.. Would you suggest I do those two aforementioned classes through Straighterline, is it cheaper?? Congrats again o man Im so happy for you!! I'm next
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    Hi NatNat...

    YES! Do it! Log back in and request a new assessment... I bet you'll assess at over 70%! I just wanted to get it finished, plus it was still fresh, since I had been working on it so long.. since I have ALEKS for 3 more weeks, I may go in and try one of the other classes, maybe Intermediate Algebra... why not??!!

    The Info Lit through Penn Foster was only $70... I'm waiting for ACE to add that one to my transcript. Very easy A!!

    I've heard that others have done A & P through Straighterline, and have been very happy with it. It is $99 a month, for as many months as you want or classes you can complete. I'm doing Eng 101 through them, but haven't signed up yet. I did the free trial, and I liked it...

    In checking Straighterline, I don't see an ACE approved Lifespan or Human Growth Psych... only the general Psych. I am going to CLEP the Human Growth & Development... the fee is $70 or $80, I believe... I have the study materials, but haven't picked a test date yet.

    Oh yeah, the big beast Micro.. I've gotta do that, too... I will do the Excelsior exam for that one... have study materials, but doing that one last!

    You and I are kinda close in what we've done... we should keep in touch and compare notes! My goal is to get all of the above completed by Sept 1, and maybe take 1 or 2 of the Nursing exams, then enroll before Oct 1!

    GOOD LUCK to you!! (Have you enrolled yet?)
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    Quote from BarbaraNM
    Hi NatNat...

    YES! Do it! Log back in and request a new assessment... I bet you'll assess at over 70%! I just wanted to get it finished, plus it was still fresh, since I had been working on it so long.. since I have ALEKS for 3 more weeks, I may go in and try one of the other classes, maybe Intermediate Algebra... why not??!!

    The Info Lit through Penn Foster was only $70... I'm waiting for ACE to add that one to my transcript. Very easy A!!

    I've heard that others have done A & P through Straighterline, and have been very happy with it. It is $99 a month, for as many months as you want or classes you can complete. I'm doing Eng 101 through them, but haven't signed up yet. I did the free trial, and I liked it...

    In checking Straighterline, I don't see an ACE approved Lifespan or Human Growth Psych... only the general Psych. I am going to CLEP the Human Growth & Development... the fee is $70 or $80, I believe... I have the study materials, but haven't picked a test date yet.

    Oh yeah, the big beast Micro.. I've gotta do that, too... I will do the Excelsior exam for that one... have study materials, but doing that one last!

    You and I are kinda close in what we've done... we should keep in touch and compare notes! My goal is to get all of the above completed by Sept 1, and maybe take 1 or 2 of the Nursing exams, then enroll before Oct 1!

    GOOD LUCK to you!! (Have you enrolled yet?)
    I just finished and got a 75% !! Woohoo! I'm happy considering it's math my foe! lool.. I definitely will check out CLEP for the rest of my classes that's a big chunk cheaper than Excelsior (and yes I am enrolled). Do they have a website?? Microbiology I had to study really hard for and still ended up w/ a C+.. I think it's because I rushed and only studied for a month or maybe a little over; I will see if I can study for longer w/ A&P.. Thanks for that suggestion again!! And YES let's keep in touch!!
    Last edit by natnat122 on Jun 4, '12 : Reason: misspelling
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    Wow, great! I'm glad you did it! Since I have 3 weeks left, I'm going to try and do 1 or 2 more through ALEKS before I cancel it... The Intermediate seems to be about the same so far as the Beginning.. we'll see!

    Enjoy the A & P through Straighterline! My friend who took it really liked it...
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    Thanks!
    So are you just doing the Intermediate for fun? That would be pretty cool if you get an even higher grade in Intermediate Good! Good to know she liked it.. And I found the Human Growth and Development from CLEP I think I'll take that first.. I'm not sure how CLEP & Straighterline work though do I buy the recommended books from Excelsior or do they have their own books that they recommend?? Let me know how the Intermediate goes!
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    I thought I would try the Intermediate... I'm almost halfway through the assessment, and I'm really taking my time. So far, it seems very much like the Beginning! I'll let you know...

    For Straighterline, be sure you do the free trial... I just got an email today, saying 'sign up within 7 days and the first class is free'. (I neglected to tell you that, besides the $99/month, each course is $39... still a very good value!!) I'm not exactly sure what books you will need for their A & P... maybe someone who has taken it will jump in and comment...

    For CLEP, you will not need to buy books through Excelsior.... I have a small CLEP study guide for HG &D that I can email you. Also, I have Santrock 'Life Span Development' that I bought from Ebay, I downloaded the Content Guide from Excelsior and I think, somewhere, I have another CLEP study guide for that topic. I'll probably use all of them to help me learn the subject.
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    Did y'all have to put in a ten digit code to sign up for ALEKS or did you just sign up under "for personal use"? I'm getting ready to sign up for College Algebra, which my advisor recommended. I may be switching to Intermediate though. I just lack this (math) and the CPNE. Did they actually accept beginning Algebra and how long did it take y'all?

    Thanks!!!
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    What is ALEKS? I thought you took the Excelsior Math Exam for the ADN program?
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    @mdsnurse12 You can get most of your prereqs several ways. For math, you can CLEP, take a college course (online or brick and mortar), or use ALEKS. ALEKS seems to be far and away the most popular option for math. I've CLEPed every other prereq, but I am going with ALEKS for math.

    BTW, an advisor got back with me and said he didn't know about the code, so if some of y'all who have done ALEKS before could help me out, that would be great. I figure you register under "personal use" but I don't won't to have to take the whole thing over because I signed up under the wrong option. Thanks again!
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    Thanks, tnmarie... I will check it out!


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