Planning for the Exam
Planning for the WSU ALEKS Math Placement Exam
Please note that the average completion time for the WSU ALEKS Math Placement Exam is ninety minutes, though your time may be longer or shorter, so plan accordingly. Paper and pencil will be helpful. A calculator will be provided by ALEKS when needed, thus you should not use your own.
You may be asked questions on material you have not yet learned. On such questions it is appropriate to answer, "I don't know." On any question that you have familiarity with, however, it is important to do your best. "I don't know" is interpreted by ALEKS to mean that you do not know the topic, and this will be reflected in the assessment results. If you do not do your best on the assessment, ALEKS will underestimate your knowledge.
Your browser will need the ALEKS plug-in (which will download automatically) and Java. Refer to ALEKS Technical Support if you have problems.
Please carefully follow the instructions below. If you do not place into a WSU math class that you are aiming for, you should review using the 6-week ALEKS Learning Module included in your Placement Package. To see what scores are required for a particular course, go to the Math Placement Chart.
All students are expected to adhere to the WSU Standard of Conduct (Academic Integrity) when taking this test. Students are to take this test without the assistance of any persons, textbooks, online materials, or any other assistance, as if it is a proctored test. The only calculator allowed is the built-in calculator provided with the ALEKS program, and other calculators are not allowed. In the ALEKS assessment, any outside assistance might place you in the wrong class, lower your GPA, and cost you a semester. Mathematics at WSU is challenging and is the foundation for many other science, business, and professional courses; don't take a class for which you are unprepared.
Any violations, such as using outside resources, persons, textbooks, calculators (other than that provided by ALEKS) are considered cheating and a violation of the WSU Standard of Conduct. There can be serious consequences. At the very least, you may be asked to take a proctored re-test if your placement is incongruous with your work in your math class. At the other extreme is the possibility of a charge of academic dishonesty submitted to the Office of Student Conduct.
ALEKS offers a free assessment that anyone can take at any time. To access this, go to ALEKS.com. Follow the path:
- Higher Education (tool bar at top),
- Mathematics (drop down menu to left),
- Free Trial (drop down menu under Resources on the right),
- Experience ALEKS as a Student, and
- Try ALEKS now.
This will allow you to create a trial account and get into the free assessment area. Select Precalculus as the sample course if you are planning on a calculus–based major, otherwise try College Algebra. Remember that the free assessment does not count as a math placement test, and you must follow the instructions on the Take the ALEKS Exam page in order to take the WSU Math Placement Test.
When you are ready to take the exam, you will need the following information:
- To register for the Placement Package that is valid from March 1, 2013–February 28, 2014, you will enter the code NQJR4-AKUXN, when prompted for the “course code.”
- To register for the Placement Package that is valid from October 1, 2013–September 30, 2014, you will enter the code FRAPU-MXNQ4, when prompted for the “course code.”