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Math Placement Exam

Math placement at Washington State University Tri-Cities

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Important!

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.”

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**New policy effective Fall 2012**

Effective Fall 2012, all new freshmen coming to Washington State University are required to take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam for placement into math classes. All new transfer students who do not already have credit for a course that satisfies the Mathematics University Core Requirements (UCORE) or is a prerequisite for a UCORE course are required to take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam also. Information about the ALEKS Math Placement Exam is given below.

Note: The SAT, ACT, and Washington Math Placement Exam will no longer be used for WSU Tri-Cities mathematics placement.

If you have a Math Placement Exam score from Fall 2011, please contact your advisor to discuss placement.

The one exception is that a Washington Math Placement score of 145 or higher may be used for placement into Math 105.

WSU math placement through ALEKS

Washington State University Tri-Cities 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 sitting, 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.