## Why take a math placement exam?

Students planning to earn a bachelor’s degree from WSU are required to complete a quantitative reasoning course [QUAN]. For many majors a math course satisfies this requirement. To determine appropriate math placement, WSU Vancouver offers two ways to assess mathematical knowledge:

- The ALEKS math placement exam
- A qualifying AP calculus exam score

New transfer students who do not already have credit for a course that satisfies the mathematics proficiency requirement or is a prerequisite for a [QUAN] course must take the ALEKS math placement exam.

Some majors do not require a math course to graduate. Students majoring in those subjects are not required to take the ALEKS math placement exam. FIN 223 Personal Finance will satisfy the [QUAN] requirement, and no placement score is required to enroll. Contact your advisor to explore if this class is an acceptable alternative for your major.

## What is ALEKS?

ALEKS is a powerful artificial-intelligence based assessment tool that zeroes in on the strengths and weaknesses of a student’s mathematical knowledge, reports its findings to the student, and, if necessary, provides 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 precalculus material. There are 20 to 30 questions (the number varies because of the adaptive mechanism). **Plan on spending two hours to complete the exam**. Most students do not need the full two hours.

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