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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Review: ALEKS

ALEKS is a complete, subscription-based math curriculum with full assessment capabilities---if math isn’t your strong point not only will ALEKS teach it to your child, it’ll give you a complete report on his progress and the time he’s spent getting there. As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I had the opportunity to review ALEKS in full last fall, but I’ve been asked to check out some of the improvements they’ve made to the program.

Not much has changed on the student side of the program. This is still a simple, staid curriculum without any real bells or whistles (though they do have some games your child can play after completing a portion of the “Quick Tables,” that’s the math facts drill portion of the program). The practice questions are straightforward with minimal graphics and no audio:


The lessons are equally straightforward:

aleksexplain Very much like a textbook on your computer screen.

Where ALEKS really shines is in helping you with your record-keeping. In your master account, you’ll have the option of having periodic reports sent to you by email, but you can always access a pie chart for each child showing you exactly where they are at in their studies and get a list of the topics they have covered. And, if you take a close look at the master account homepage, you’ll notice a new goodie…not only can you schedule periodic assessments, you can schedule a quiz whenever you like and customize it to cover exactly what you want:


If you are interested in learning more about this program, be sure to read my original review here and visit ALEKS on the web.

And how much does it cost?

  • $19.95 per student per month, or
  • $99.95 for 6 months, or
  • $179.95 for a year.

There is also a family discount program available.

And for more reviews of this product by other homeschoolers, please visit the TOS Homeschool Crew Blog.

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