ALEKS Online Proctor Testing Instructions

Taking the ALEKS Math Placement Test with an online proctor

To meet the needs of our students and to follow the State of Ohio’s policy on Staying Home, Youngstown State University would like to offer you the flexibility to take the ALEKS Math Placement Test in the convenience of your own home. The following instructions will help you prepare to take the exam. Please read through the directions carefully.

To take the ALEKS Placement Test at home you must agree to the following:

  1. You must turn off and put away your phone.
  2. No personal calculators are permitted.
  3. No outside assistance is allowed – you should find a quiet space to work alone.  
  4. You are required to download Respondus lockdown browser prior to launching the exam. (Download browser)
  5. You must have a camera on your computer so you can use the Respondus Monitor. The monitor will record your exam attempt and flag suspicious behavior for our review. Should an exam be flagged suspicious, an in-person proctored assessment will be required.  
    1. There is a $5.00 fee to use Respondus Monitor.  If you cannot afford the $5.00 please reach contact staff and we will proctor your exam via virtual meeting software called Webex.
  6. Show photo identification at the start of the exam.
  7. You are permitted to use 3 pieces of scratch paper and a pencil/pen.

Taking the ALEKS Math Placement Test using the online proctor will require access to a Windows computer, a MAC, or an IPAD. Unfortunately, Chromebooks or other tablets are not compatible with the required software.

Please email if you are unable to meet the requirements outlined above.


When you are prepared to take the ALEKS Math Placement Test, please follow the instructions below to launch your exam:

  • Exit and close all applications currently running on your computer or IPAD.
  • Launch a browser and log into the YSU Penguin Portal. 
  • Under “e-Services for Students” click on “Production ALEKS Placement Test.
  • Click on your ALEKS course.
  • Complete the demographic survey.
  • Complete the Tools Tutorial.
  • Click “Get Started” on your Placement Assessment.
  • On the Introduction Screen, if you haven’t downloaded the Lockdown Browser yet, please do that now.

Interior ALEKS Test page showing browser download

  • You will be taken to an ALEKS webpage where you will download the browser – choose Windows/Mac/IPAD depending on your system. Follow onscreen instructions to run the download.
  • After downloading the Respondus Lockdown Browser click” Check your Lockdown Browser” on the previous screen.
  • Follow the prompts to ensure your browser is installed and your webcam working.
  • Select "Launch Lockdown Browser + Webcam".
  • The Lockdown browser will launch in a new window.
  • You will go through a verification process involving the webcam / microphone. Please have photo identification to show when completing the webcam process.

Begin your exam. You will have 2 hours to work. Remember, no outside assistance or resources are permitted.

Upon completion, email the YSU Testing Center for further instructions.

Good luck!


Disability Services

YSU’s Disability Services provides services to student with disabilities. For students requesting accommodations on the placement test please contact YSU’s Disability Services at or 330-941-1372 prior to taking the ALEKS Math Placement Test online.