Our newest addition… Aleks


Alas, there is no new child in our home, but there is a new discovery.

Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces “is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system that uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn’t know in a course.”

In November, I was asked to use and review the ALEKS online math program for one month.  This was my first opportunity to use such a full service web-based program.  Use it, we did…thoroughly, often and on-going, for each of my children, elementary through college.

THE question in our house for the past month has been, “Did you do your Aleks, today?”  Not once did I have to coax, prod, plead, bribe, threaten or even demand that any of my children do their math for the day.  ALEKS assessed each of their strengths and weaknesses and placed the results in pie form.

They enjoyed the freedom and independence of choosing which subject they would work toward mastering.  If they got it, ALEKS would add to their pie, if they didn’t seem to understand it, ALEKS picked up on it and gave them review.  ALEKS graded each problem and confirmed answers or errors, assigned tests and reassessments as needed AND sent me a progress report.

Watch this video and see Aleks in Action in less than 2 1/2 minutes.

Curious about what ALEKS might do for you?  Here’s a sample:

  • Addition/Subtraction, Multiplication/Division Practice = Quick Tables
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Pre Calculus
  • Trigonometry
  • Math for College success
  • Prep for GED mathematics
  • Review for AP Calculus
  • Review for AP Physics
  • Business math
  • Prep for College Physics
  • Higher education Chemistry

You can browse the full Course Library, including recommendations by grade level and course descriptions.

ALEKS is correlated with common core state standards for all 50 states, grades 3-12.  Their customer service is outstanding!

I want you to check out ALEKS, for yourself.  I think it is an exceptional program and because you’ve read this review you have an opportunity to try ALEKS, free, for 1 month.

This is a $19.95 value, per student, per month.  When you discover how much you really like them, check out their family discounted rates.  It seems expensive, but I broke down the cost and came up with surprising results.  My 6 students, for 6 months of access 24/7 is only 50 cents a day per student (figured on an actual 25 days of use, each).  There is not a math tutor anywhere that I can hire for that amount.

My crew mates have also posted reviews of this program and you can find those at


This product was given to me, free of charge, in exchange, for my honest review, as a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew. I receive no other compensation for my reviews on this blog.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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