ALEKS~TOS Crew Review

by adustyframe ~ February 9th, 2012


What is ALEKS?

Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is an online mathematics program that provides personalized learning and assessment tailored to a student’s individual needs. Using artificial intelligence and adaptive, open-response questioning, ALEKS quickly and accurately determines what a student knows and is most ready to learn within a course. Learn more by watching a quick 2-minute video.

With a comprehensive course library ranging from elementary school math to complex subjects such as PreCalculus, ALEKS acts much like a human tutor to help take the stress off of homeschooling parents.

ALEKS offers highly-targeted, individualized instruction from virtually any computer with Internet access, making it a comprehensive and mobile education solution for students in grades 3-12. A subscription to ALEKS offers access to all courses and students may take as many courses as needed during their subscription period.

ALEKS is a Research-Based Online Program:

  • Complete Curriculum Solution for Math with Access to Full Course Library
  • Artificial Intelligence Targets Gaps in Individual Student Knowledge
  • Master Account – Monitor and Direct Student Progress
  • Unlimited Online Access – PC and Mac Compatible
  • QuickTables – Math Fact Mastery Program for Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction Included with Any Math Course

ALEKS has been used successfully by homeschoolers, as well as by millions of students at schools and educational institutions throughout the world. Additionally, some ALEKS course products are American Council on Education (ACE) credit-recommended, meaning students may be eligible for college credit at participating colleges.

I received a trial to ALEKS for TOS Crew and we got to work.

A few things I liked right away is that the program lets me set up his account. I can view reports of what he’s done, where he is, what he’s learned, what he needs to review.

I can also schedule quizzes either based on what the program suggests or math facts I want him to review.

James was most motivated by “my pie”. He wants to fill in every area on his pie and has been working towards doing that.

Here’s an explanation:

Student MyPie  The ALEKS Pie summarizes a student’s current knowledge and offers topics that the student is ready to learn next. The darkened portion of each pie slice represents topics that the student has mastered and the lighter portion represents what the student has yet to learn.

Student MyPie

Another thing I like is that as your child is working on the problems they can click “Explanation” and the program teaches them the concept. So they can learn as they go.


ALEKS includes games to play after a certain level of quick tables are done. Quick tables are math drills.

Things I like about ALEKS:

James can work independently and math feels more like “fun” to him than work. He likes being able to choose which topic he works on each day.

I can schedule quizzes for James and he has to do the quizz before he can do anything else in ALEKS.

I can view his quizz results and topic mastery from my dashboard.

I can send him emails in the ALEKS system for him to read. He thought that was silly!

I can view the math standards of our state in the ALEKS system.

We are considering using ALEKS for our math next year, but I do have to weigh the cost against our homeschool budget.

ALEKS is for grades 3-12 and costs  Per student: $19.95/month; $99.95/every 6 months; $179.95/every 12 months.

ALEKS offers family discounts.

If you are a homeschooler, you can receive a 2 month trial to ALEKS by clicking this link

Visit ALEKS for a 2-Month Trial

To see what other TOS Crew reviewers had to say, check out this post.

Disclaimer~As a reviewer for The Old Schoolhouse Crew, I received a 2 month subscription to Aleks.


2 Thoughts Shared to ALEKS~TOS Crew Review

  1. Jennifer

    Our family loved ALEKS because they also have college level math courses for the same price. If you have a diligent math student they can complete several college math courses in the six month time frame and get the college math credits. My son completed 4 math courses in 7 months and my daughter two. They were offering a BOGO free sale. Where else could you earn 18 math credits for around $80?!!!

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