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.