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School of Accounting

Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University

Welcome to the ALEKS Accounting Gateway Exam!

The School of Accounting Faculty is delighted that you chose to continue with your education in accounting. We found that students who are well prepared from the first accounting principles class (ACCT 2103) do well in upper division accounting classes, particularly those in the financial accounting sequence. On the other hand, students who are not well prepared often have a less successful experience. To help all of our students do their best in the upper division accounting classes, we have created the Accounting Gateway Exam, which is administered through a McGraw Hill program called ALEKS.

What is it and how do I take the exam?

Everything you need to know about registering, preparing, and taking the exam is in the PDF document that can be found by clicking on this link: Completing the Gateway through ALEKS.

Who has to take this Exam?

Everyone enrolling in ACCT 3013, 3103, 3203, and 3603 must take the Gateway Exam– no matter where or when they took principles of accounting. The only exception is for students that have passed ACCT 3003 – Foundational Accounting Skills at OSU.

Are there any exceptions?

ACCT 3003 – Foundational Accounting Skills is a new course that is being offered starting Spring 2019 that replaces the Gateway Exam for students starting their degrees in 2018. If you have passed ACCT 3003, you do not need to pass the Gateway Exam. The Gateway is only for those students who are on the old degree plans and took ACCT 2103 (Financial Accounting) and ACCT 2203 (Managerial Accounting). Besides passing ACCT 3003, there are NO EXEMPTIONS or EXCEPTIONS that would allow you to “skip” the exam if you are on an old degree plan. If you are having trouble passing the exam, you may consider taking ACCT 3003 at OSU. In addition, you may consider requesting a FREE tutor from LASSO by going to or take advantage of assistance offered through the School of Accounting ACE program.

Blackout Period

There will be a blackout period where the exam is not available beginning the first day of class through the first three weeks of class. In order to enroll in an upper division accounting class for the semester, you will need to pass the exam prior to the Friday before the first day of class. There are no exceptions to this rule as the exam will be turned off and will not be operational during the three week period beginning the first day of class.

Academic Integrity Violations

Violations of the OSU Academic Integrity Policy while taking the Gateway Exam will (1) result in an F on the Accounting Gateway Exam and (2) suspension from taking the Accounting Gateway Exam for at least 18 months for the first offense.

What if my question isn’t answered above?

If you have questions that are not answered on this page or if you are having trouble registering for the exam please email: