Math Placement Testing

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Registration and Login

Register to complete the ALEKS Placement Assessment in Dayton.

Already completed the assessment and need to login to ALEKS? Go to the Prep and Learning section.

Wright State University uses the ALEKS Placement Assessment to determine readiness for math and statistics courses and to provide opportunities to place at your highest level for success.  The ALEKS Placement Assessment covers Basic Math through Pre-calculus and averages 90 minutes to complete. Students can take longer if needed. 

After the assessment, students will receive their scores, along with a targeted Prep and Learning Module. This module is designed to help students review and re-learn material toward the goal of improving placement and eventual course outcomes.

The ALEKS Placement Assessment must be given in a proctored setting. Wright State students may register to complete the math placement assessment at either the Dayton or Celina campus. First-time ALEKS users may also complete the assessment at approved off-campus locations.


You will need your Wright State UID (U00******) and PIN to register for a General Test Session on the Dayton Campus. Available test dates are listed in the drop-down menu. Additional dates may be added as needed.

If you do not know your campus UID or have trouble logging on, please call the Help Desk at (937) 775-4827 (toll-free at 1-888-775-4827) or visit 025 Library Annex.

Please note: Our registration system will only permit you to register for one test session at a time. If there are still seats in other test sessions, you may change your test date by modifying and resubmitting your registration. Since you cannot schedule more than one test at a time, your most recent registration submission will replace your “older” one. 

Lake Campus Students: To register for a placement test at Wright State University–Lake Campus in Celina, Ohio, please call (419) 586-0300.

Special Testing Accommodations

Students registered with Wright State’s Office of Disability Services (ODS) on the Dayton Campus or those who require temporary special test accommodations should contact ODS at (937) 775-5680 before registering for a General Test Session.

If you are eligible to take your test in an alternate accessible setting, you should not register for a General Test Session. Instead, consult with the ODS staff to determine whether you have been approved to schedule your ALEKS Math Placement Test in their adaptive accessible environment.

Please note that a pre-service interview may be required to determine eligibility for ODS accommodations, and if you are not eligible for ODS accommodations, you should then register for a General Test Session.

For Testing Accommodations at the Lake Campus, contact The Center for Independent Achievement, 225 Dwyer Hall, Phone (419) 586-0366

Locations and Fees

On-Campus Location and Fees

You can register to take your math placement test at Wright State University (in Dayton or Celina). A non-refundable $25 fee will be placed on your bill in your first term of enrollment. This test fee includes up to three (3) retest during your 6 months of access. 

Seating is limited, and test sessions fill quickly. It is to your advantage to test early and take advantage of potential retesting opportunities to place into the highest level math course that fits your academic needs (saving you both time and money).

Directions and Parking

  • Wright State's Dayton Campus: Please go to Visitors Parking, Lot 2, for free parking information. Visit the maps webpage for directions.
  • Wright State's Lake Campus in Celina: Please contact the Office of Student Services at (419) 586-0300 for an appointment. Visit the Lake Campus map webpage for directions.  

Off-Campus Location and Fees

Ohio Students Intending Wright State

Math Placement Testing is available by special arrangement with designated Test Centers in the following cities in Ohio: Akron, Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Lima, Orrville, Portsmouth, and Rio Grande. 

Please note:

  • To test at an off-site location, you must register through this website. You cannot simply show up to another test site in Ohio and request a math test without prior approval.
  • After you register, you will receive an automated response to let you know that your request has been received. Then, within three business days, you will receive a personalized email to indicate which test center you have been approved to visit and any other specific information that you will need. 
  • You will be required to pay a separate proctoring fee to the test center in the city you request. Test Center fees and policies vary. Test proctoring costs at non-Wright State test locations are not refundable. Off-site proctoring fees are not related to the non-refundable $25 test fee that will be placed on your first term bill for Wright State.
    • Remember: The non-refundable $25 fee associated with your initial math placement test makes you eligible for up to three (3) re-tests if you re-test in Dayton or Celina, OH.

Out-of-State Students Intending Wright State

If you are currently living in the United States and are an incoming first-year Wright State student, please give us a call at (937) 775-5750 so that we can discuss your testing needs. 

International students intending Wright State

You will have opportunities to take the math placement test after arriving in the US. International students living outside the U.S. should register to test at Wright State’s Dayton or Lake Campus. Please feel free to call (937) 775-5750 if you have questions. 

Non-Wright State University Students

Remote sites or special proctoring for Non-Wright State students is available at the following community locations. Services, fees, and resources may vary.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I need my math placement score because I have Orientation tomorrow. How can I test?

    While we encourage you to have your placement testing completed before Orientation, if you have not had the opportunity to complete your on-site Math Placement test assessment, your next best option is to complete these important steps as soon as you can, even if this means that you attend Orientation without the expected preparation. This means that you must still attend your scheduled Orientation, but when you come, your academic advisor might not be able to place you into your ideal math course. You will be able to register for other courses.

  • Who has to take the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

    Students who need to enroll in their first mathematics or statistics course should follow the testing policy to determine their placement. Math course placement is determined by ACT or SAT math score. Students who wish to challenge their placement or do not have a valid ACT/SAT score can take the ALEKS Placement Assessment to determine their placement level.

  • What is my Math Placement Level (MPL)?

    Your highest valid standardized test (ACT or SAT) or ALEKS score is used to calculate your Math Placement Level (or MPL). Your MPL is valid for two years, and additional placement testing is not approved after you have actively engaged in the math sequence.

    Most incoming students send ACT and/or SAT scores to Wright State as part of the Admissions process. If you did not perform well on your standardized test, you may use Wright State’s Math Placement Test with the hope of achieving a higher MPL before starting your math sequence.

    Certain transfer students, international students, and College Credit Plus (CCP) applicants without recent standardized test scores on record may use Wright State’s placement test to establish a Math Placement Level (MPL) before starting a math course sequence.

    Learn more about College Credit Plus.
    Email CCP Advising or Registration questions to ccpadvising-uc@wright.edu.

  • Where can I find my test scores?

    If you have completed the Admissions process, you can find your test scores in Wings Express. Go to “Student and Financial Aid;” click “Registration and Records;” then “View Test Scores.” 

    Please refer to the Math Placement Test Policy to understand what your scores mean.

    Special Note for College Credit Plus (CCP) Applicants: As a CCP applicant, you may not have full access to Wings Express until you have been officially accepted to Wright State University. If you are a CCP student who attends an ALEKS Math Placement Test at the Dayton and Lake Campus, you will receive your ALEKS Math Placement Test score the day of your test, but you may not be able to see your score in Wings Express until you have been admitted. If you have a question about your ALEKS performance, you may contact Admissions or your College Credit Plus Academic Advisor.  Advisors will be able to view your ALEKS score the day after you take the test.

    Learn more about College Credit Plus
    If you have a CCP Advising or Registration question, you can reach a CCP advisor at ccpadvising-uc@wright.edu.

  • Is there a fee for using ALEKS?

    A non-refundable $25 Math Placement Test fee should be included on your tuition bill for the next term you register for classes.

  • Can I practice before my first ALEKS test?

    Yes! This list of links can help you BEFORE your first ALEKS math placement test. (After your first on-campus or proctored test though, you will gain access to individualized practice sessions called Prep and Learning modules. At that point, you will need to follow directions provided following your first test session.)

    Here is a list of links to further your review for the math placement test:

    The math placement test could cover the following areas:

    • Numerical skills/pre-algebra
    • Beginning algebra/intermediate algebra
    • College algebra
    • Trigonometry

    See a trial version of ALEKS, to gain limited access to that resource.

    Tips:  Do not purchase your own version of ALEKS to use for Wright State testing. You may only use our official Wright State Testing Services subscription of ALEKS to earn an official score!  The earlier you test, the better. Those who test early are often permitted to retest after completing 3 full hours of ALEKS Prep & Learning between each allowable retest. (Details about retesting will follow your initial test.)

    It is your responsibility to read all test policies and review testing material prior to taking the test.

  • How long will a placement assessment take to complete once I start?

    Placement assessments require approximately 90 minutes to complete, but the amount of time will vary by student. There will be a maximum of 30 questions.

  • May I use a calculator while using ALEKS?

    ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.

  • What happens if I do not complete a placement assessment in the allotted time?

    For the first assessment, you will be given a placement result, but it may underestimate your true ability. With subsequent retests, you will have to restart the assessment.

  • May I use any other resources during a placement assessment?

    You may only use a pen or pencil, paper, and the resources provided by ALEKS. You may not receive assistance from friends, family, other websites, textbooks, or any other resource not provided by ALEKS. Using outside resources may lead to improper placement and ultimately course failure. Please see the Wright State University Student Code of Conduct for further details.

  • What is my placement result?

    Your placement result is your percentage mastery on the best assessment. Please see the Math Placement Policy for details on course placement determination.

  • How long is my placement result valid?

    Your placement result is valid for 2 years.

  • How long do I have access to my Prep and Learning Module?

    You will have six months of access from the time that you start using your Prep and Learning Module, but you must spend at least 3 hours in Prep and Learning before each allowable retest.

  • Is there an additional fee for my Prep and Learning Module?

    Six months of access to Prep and Learning is available following your initial assessment. You must do three full hours of Prep and Learning between each of your three allowable retests.

  • What are ALEKS Progress Assessments?

    While working in a Prep and Learning Module, you will periodically complete progress assessments to solidify your gains in knowledge.

  • Does progress in an ALEKS Prep and Learning Module count toward placement?

    No, you must complete a new placement assessment to change your placement result. Click on the placement tab on the upper right of the page from within ALEKS. Only your placement assessment results will be used for course placement.

  • ALEKS says to choose a Prep and Learning Module. Do I need to do anything?

    Your Prep and Learning Module has already been chosen. At Wright State, we provide each student with the chance to excel by permitting access to up to the highest Prep and Learning Module if you need it.

    Don't worry about ALEKS becoming too difficult for your needs. You won't have access to concepts that you are not prepared to tackle. This is because ALEKS requires that you master certain topics before allowing you to see more difficult material.

  • What if I do not place into the course I wanted?

    You can use a Prep and Learning Module to review and learn, and you may take another placement assessment to improve your placement result.

  • I did not place into the class I wanted. Can I take it anyway?

    No, you must achieve the minimum placement result to take each corresponding class.

  • What if I placed into the class I wanted?

    Congratulations! Continue to use your Prep and Learning Module to improve your chances for success. The placement result above is the minimum preparation required for your course! Take advantage of the targeted review and learning features in ALEKS to get a better grade in your class.

  • Where can I get technical support help with ALEKS?
  • How do I begin using ALEKS?

    If you have taken your initial assessment, learn how to access your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module.

    If you have not taken your initial proctored assessment, you do not have official ALEKS access yet. Register for a Math Placement Test as early as possible so that you can take full advantage of allowable ALEKS retesting following your initial test. See a trial version of ALEKS, to gain limited access to that resource.

    Tip: Do not purchase your own version of ALEKS to use for Wright State University testing. You may only use our official Wright State Testing Services subscription of ALEKS to earn an official score!