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Placement Tests

Take the Exam

Take the Math Placement ALEKS Exam

Before taking the exam you will need:

  • To be an enrolled or admitted WSU Tri-Cities student
  • Pencil and paper
  • Your WSU Network ID and password
  • Approximately two hours to complete the exam (this time will vary for each student)

Please follow these general instructions for taking the exam:

  • Use a pencil and paper to work out the answers to each question.
  • Do NOT use a textbook or calculator – the exam has a built-in calculator which is available on certain questions.
  • At the beginning of the ALEKS assessment, you will go through a brief tutorial that will introduce you to the ALEKS system and interface. You will be shown how to enter different types of answers, how to use the ALEKS calculator, and how to graph something by hand.
  • Do your best to answer each question correctly.
  • Enter your answers carefully. Once you submit your response to a question, you cannot return to that question to change the answer.
  • Select "I don't know" only if you have no idea how to work a problem. If you select "I don't know" repeatedly, it will lower your score on the ALEKS Exam.
  • If your computer locks up or freezes during the middle of the exam, try hitting the "Refresh" button on your browser. If that does not work, close your browser and log back in. The work you have already submitted will be saved, and the exam will pick up at the point you left off.
  • When you complete the exam, you will see a screen with a pie chart and the % score that you earned on the ALEKS Exam. Your score will be available to your advisor in about one business day.
  • Solve all problems on the ALEKS Exam without assistance. This means that you should not use any books or online resources, and you should not get assistance from any other person. As a student at Washington State University, you are a full member of the University community. As a member of the University community, you are subject to the responsibilities of that community. When you violate a University regulation, you are open to disciplinary action of the University. A student at Washington State University has the responsibility to be honest in all academic and personal relationships. Academic integrity is imperative to the progression to real knowledge and to a student’s capacity to apply that knowledge to life’s problems. Personal integrity is what permits a student to realize goals.
  • ALEKS scores needed to place into WSU math courses:

    WSU Math Course Eligibility

    ALEKS

    College Board
    A.P. AB
    Calculus Test

    Prerequisite Course Completion
    (minimum grade of C required)

    103 Algebra Methods and Introduction to Functions

    30%

    105 Exploring Math

    40%

    NA

    99/101/103

    106 College Algebra

    55%

    NA

    99/101/103

    106 College Algebra
    (Accelerated version- Wks 1-9)*

    65%

    NA

    99/101/103
    With a grade of B or better

    108 Trigonometry

    NA

    NA

    106

    140 Calculus for Biologists

    70%

    2

    106 & 108

    151 Calculus for Middle School Teachers

    65%

    2

    106

    171 Calculus I

    80%

    2

    106 & 108

    172 Calculus II

    NA

    3-5

    171

    201 Business Precalculus

    55%

    NA

    99/101/103

    202 Business Calculus

    65%

    2

    106 or 201

    205 Statistical Thinking

    40%

    NA

    99/101/103

    212 Intro to Statistical Methods

    40%

    NA

    99/101/103

    220 Linear Algebra

    NA

    NA

    171 or concurrent

    251 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I

    45%

    NA

    99/101/103

    273 Calculus III

    NA

    NA

    172

    315 Differential Equations

    NA

    NA

    220 and 273
    (220 may be concurrent)

    NA: Not Applicable

    *Students who register for 106A should also register for 108A at the same time even though it starts the 10th week of the semester


Begin the exam

Now go to the following to begin the exam: WSU ALEKS Math Placement Portal.