NIC's Math Placement Assessment 

North Idaho College uses the ALEKS assessment (an online, proctored math placement instrument) for all students without sufficient ACT, SAT, or COMPASS scores.

ALEKS generally takes 60-90 minutes to complete and there is currently no fee involved. NIC advisors use the results from ALEKS to help students register for classes best suited to their preparation and educational goals.

All students are strongly encouraged to review the ALEKS FAQs before attempting the assessment.   

Setting You Up For Success 

Step 1:   Schedule an appointment. Go to to schedule an appointment to take your proctored ALEKS assessment. Only proctored assessments are valid and become part of your official NIC record.

NOTE: If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled sessions or need to take the ALEKS sooner, please call the Testing Center to set an individual appointment at: (208) 676-7203 or 7207 

Step 2:   Create a login and password for your ALEKS student account . Follow the step-by-step directions to create your ALEKS login. You must have your login name and password prior to taking the assessment. Write them down for future reference.  

Step 3:   Refresh your math skills. Study items can be found at 

What to Expect at the ALEKS Assessment

  • The ALEKS assessment must be taken at an officially approved testing center.
  • Bring your picture ID to the testing location.
  • You will be provided with pencils and paper. There is an on-screen calculator available for your use.
  • The ALEKS allows you up to three hours to complete the assessment, but generally takes 60-90 minutes to         complete. Take your time to think critically about the questions.
  • If you have questions about the NIC Math Placement System contact:
        NIC Testing Center    (208) 676-7203 or (208) 676-7207
        NIC Advising Services  (208) 769-7821
        NIC Mathematics Dept  (208) 665-4521


Sign up for an ALEKS testing time
Create your ALEKS student account
Refresh your math skills
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