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Testing

Math Placement Testing

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Overview

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 Test covers Basic Math through Pre-calculus and averages 90 minutes to complete. You may take longer as needed.

After the test, you will receive your score along with a handout explaining how to access ALEKS Prep and Learning to optimize the chances of improving your placement on allowable retests. ALEKS Prep and Learning is designed to help you review or re-learn important skills before starting your Math Pathway.

The ALEKS Placement Test must be taken in a remote test-from-home setting. You may register to complete the math placement test by following the registration link on this page.

Testing at approved off-campus locations has been temporarily suspended for Wright State students. All students may access remote test-from-home opportunities listed on this page.


Logging in to Register for a Placement Test

For both incoming and College Credit Plus (CCP) students, the math placement test is facilitated remotely. You will need your campus username (w123abc) and password (sometimes referred to as your Wright State Credentials) to register for the test. To obtain your username and password, follow the steps below:

If You Have Never Logged In to Your Campus Account

  1. Log in to the Admissions Portal using the email address and password you set up when applying to the University.
  2. Click the Access your Student Portal link.
  3. Follow the steps listed on that page to set up your campus ‘w’ account.

If You Have Previously Logged In to Your Campus Account, but Have Forgotten Your Login Information

  1. Log in to the Admissions Portal using the email address and password you set up when applying to the University.
  2. Click the Display your Wright State Account Info link to recover your campus ‘w’ username.

If you have questions about logging in with your campus ‘w’ account, contact the CaTS Help Desk at 937-775-4827.


Registration and Test Dates

Achieve your personal best and highest math placement level before next semester’s academic advising sessions and before seats fill in popular classes.

Success Tip: The sooner you test, the more likely you will be able to take advantage of retesting, which can greatly improve your overall performance. You must register for an initial remote assessment (or test) before you will have access to the best possible Prep and Learning practice we can provide. The artificial intelligence in ALEKS provides you with targeted skills-building features, but these features are only available after your first test.

Best practices scheduling reminder: Please DO NOT wait to earn a specific test score before registering for classes! Always contact your academic advisor before you add or drop courses.

Test Registration

You may register for a placement exam by following these steps. Please register at least two days in advance. The test may be taken on your computer at home. There is no specific start time for the test, but you will need to start and complete the test on the day you registered for. It may take up to 5.5 hours to finish the 30-question test. 

  1. All Students: Register to take the math placement test remotely.
  2. You must register for and complete a remote Math Placement Test before you will have access to the Prep and Learning Modules.

dates available

  • Tuesday, November 17, 2020
  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020
  • Monday, November 23, 2020
  • Monday, November 30, 2020
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2020
  • Monday, December 7, 2020
  • Tuesday, December 8, 2020
  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020
  • Monday, December 14, 2020
  • Tuesday, December 15, 2020
  • Wednesday, December 16, 2020
  • Monday, December 21, 2020
  • Monday, December 28, 2020
  • Tuesday, December 29, 2020
  • Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Additional Dates/Locations

You can find the following additional dates and locations by using our registration system:

  • Wright State has temporarily suspended opportunities for our students to take their placement tests in other approved cities in Ohio. Scheduling proctored Wright State placement tests in other states has also been suspended until further notice. Anyone who needs to take Wright State's placement tests should follow the guidelines for local students as indicated elsewhere on this website.

Special Testing Accommodations

If you are eligible to take tests in an accessible setting, you should not register for a General Test Session. Instead, consult with the staff in the Office of Disability Services (ODS) to see if you have been approved to schedule your math placement test in their adaptive environment. If you do not qualify for ODS support, then you should register as normal.

Note: A pre-service interview with ODS staff may be needed to determine eligibility for ODS services. For accommodations on the Dayton Campus, please contact ODS at 937-775-5680 before registering for a test. For accommodations at the Lake Campus, please contact 419-586-0366.


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 tests completed before orientation, if you have not had the opportunity to complete your on-site math placement test, your next best option is to complete these important steps as soon as you can, even if this means you attend orientation without the expected preparation. This means 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 instead.

  • Am I required to take the ALEKS Math Placement Test?

    It depends. If you have submitted your ACT or SAT test results to Wright State, and if your math score is high enough, you might not need to take the test. However, if your test scores are outdated or if you don’t have ACT/SAT scores, taking the Wright State ALEKS Math Placement Test will allow you to establish a Math Placement Level. Once you have your Math Placement Level, you can work with your academic advisor so you can start the Math Pathway most appropriate for your needs.

  • What is my Math Placement Level (MPL)?

    Your highest valid standardized test (ACT or SAT) or ALEKS score is used to determine your Math Placement Level (or MPL). Your MPL is valid for two years, and additional placement testing is not approved after you start your Math Pathway.

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

    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 Pathway.

    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 been formally admitted to Wright State, 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 Level Policy to understand what your score means.

    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 score the day of your test, but you may not be able to see your score in WINGS Express until you have been admitted to Wright State’s CCP program. 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?

    Yes. A non-refundable $25 Math Placement Test fee should be included on your tuition bill or statement for the next term you register for classes. This fee is added after you actually complete an initial ALEKS assessment.

  • 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 ALEKS Prep and Learning. At that point, please follow the directions provided after your 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 able to retest after completing 3 full hours of ALEKS Prep and Learning between each allowable retest. (Details about retesting will follow your initial test.)

    It is your responsibility to read all test policies prior to taking the test.

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

    Placement assessments require approximately 90 minutes to complete, but the amount of time needed can vary. There is a maximum of 30 questions. Plan to take your time so you do as well as possible.

  • May I use a calculator while using ALEKS?

    ALEKS provides an on-screen calculator for certain problems and not others. When you are not permitted to use the ALEKS calculator, you may work problems out on paper, which will be provided at your test session. You may not use your own calculator. You may not use assistance other than what is provided via the ALEKS program.

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

    You will be assigned a placement result, but your score may underestimate your true ability. Following your attempt, you should receive a handout explaining how to access ALEKS Prep and Learning so you can work to earn a higher score on any allowable retests. Please plan to earn your highest possible test score a week or so before the upcoming term.

  • 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. Please see the Wright State University Student Code of Conduct to learn more about academic integrity standards, and remember that placement tests are used to determine your entry-level skills. This means you are not likely to pass a course for which you have not earned the minimal cut score.

  • What is my placement result?

    Your placement result is your percentage mastery on your best test attempt. Please see the Math Placement Level Policy or Math Pathways to learn which is right for your academic needs.

  • How long is my placement result valid?

    Your placement result is valid for 2 years.

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

    You have six months of access from the time you start using ALEKS Prep and Learning, and you must complete at least three full hours in Prep and Learning before each allowable retest.

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

    No. Six months of access to ALEKS Prep and Learning becomes available following your initial assessment. Access to Prep and Learning is part of your test process; this means there is no additional charge unless you need to enter a new test cohort after your current cohort expires. The main purpose for ALEKS Prep and Learning is to provide you with focused instruction to improve your placement level before you start taking math or statistics. You must complete at least three full hours of "hands on" ALEKS Prep and Learning before each allowable retest.

  • What are ALEKS Progress Assessments?

    While working in Prep and Learning, you may be prompted to take a progress assessment. Progress assessments are like mini practice quizzes; your performance on these can help the ALEKS program to recalibrate your learning goals based on your ability to consistently solve particular kinds of problems.

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

    No, you must retest to change your placement score, and your highest valid score should be used for 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 you with a chance to work toward gaining access to up to the highest Prep and Learning module if you discover you need to qualify for a higher math placement level.

    Don't worry about ALEKS becoming too difficult for your needs. You won't gain access to concepts you are not prepared to tackle. ALEKS requires you to master basic skills before allowing you to view more difficult material.

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

    You may use ALEKS Prep and Learning to learn new material before starting a course on your Math Pathway.  Or, you may use Prep and Learning to prepare for an allowable retest.

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

    No, you must achieve the minimum placement score to demonstrate readiness to start courses with cut score restrictions.  Please see the Math Placement Level Policy and Math Pathways for more.

  • What if I placed into the class I wanted?

    Congratulations! You may register for the course you intend to take. You may also continue to use Prep and Learning to improve your chances for course success before your class starts.

  • My computer doesn’t appear to be set up for ALEKS. Where can I get technical support?
  • How do I begin using ALEKS?

    If you have taken your initial assessment, you should have a handout explaining how to access ALEKS Prep and Learning.

    If you have not taken your initial proctored test, you do not have ALEKS access yet. Register for a Math Placement Test as early as possible so 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!