Math Placement Exam
Math placement at Washington State University Vancouver
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Students planning to earn a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University (WSU) are required to complete a Quantitative Reasoning course [QUAN]. For many majors, this requirement is satisfied by completing a math course. All students planning to take a math course at WSU must take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam to determine math placement unless they have a qualifying AP Calculus Exam score. All new transfer students who do not already have credit for a course that satisfies the mathematics proficiency requirement [QUAN] or is a prerequisite for a [QUAN] course are required to take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam as well. Information about the ALEKS Math Placement Exam is given below.
For majors that do not require a math course to graduate, there is a [QUAN] course that does not require students to take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam. Effective August 2013, FIN 223 Personal Finance will satisfy the [QUAN] requirement and it does not require a placement score to enroll. Students interested in taking this class to fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning course [QUAN] requirement should contact their advisor to explore if this class is an acceptable alternative for their major.
WSU math placement through ALEKS
Washington State University in Vancouver requires the WSU Math Placement Exam through ALEKS to assess a student's prerequisite mathematical knowledge for course placement. ALEKS is a powerful artificial-intelligence based assessment tool that zeros in on the strengths and weaknesses of a student's mathematical knowledge, reports its findings to the student, and then if necessary provides the student with a learning environment for bringing this knowledge up to an appropriate level for course placement.
The WSU Math Placement Exam through ALEKS is a fully automated, adaptive system that covers a broad spectrum of college algebra and pre-calculus material. The length of the assessment runs from 20-35 questions. The exact number of questions will vary due to the adaptive mechanism. You should plan on two hours to complete the exam. It is best if you can do this in one setting, but you are allowed up to 24 hours in case there is a technical problem during the exam such as a power outage or internet service disruption. You will only need paper and pencil to take the exam. ALEKS provides a calculator when necessary, so do not use your own.