Math Placement Instructions
What you need to know:
Wright State uses the ACT assessment product "eCOMPASS" to determine the starting point for your Math courses at Wright State. The math placement test measures your ability in mathematics. The results identify the appropriate starting point for you to help you excel in math. Your math placement test must be completed in person at a proctered location at least 14 days before your scheduled Orientation date.
Pre-registration is required.
- Incoming students are required to take the math placement test. This test will help determine your first math course.
- It is your responsibility to read all test policies and review testing materials prior to taking the tests.
Download: Test Policies (PDF)
Testing is Mandatory
ACT Math 26 or below (SAT Math 619 or below)
ACT Math 27 or above (SAT Math 620 or above)
Math Placement Test Exemptions
Any student who has taken a college-level mathematics or statistics course that is equivalent to a Wright State's mathematics or statistics course and passed it with a "D" grade or higher is not required to take the math placement test. If your previous math or statistics course is not equivalent to one offered at Wright State, you will need to take the math placement test.
Students with ACT Math scores of at least 27 (SAT Math 620) are not required to take the math placement test and may register for Level 3-5 courses, provided they do not have a high school math deficiency. However, students need to check with their advisor to identify the appropriate Math course(s) for their major.
Students with ACT Math scores of at least 27 (SAT Math 620) intending to major in fields requiring Calculus may register for MTH 2300 provided they received A’s or B’s in all semesters of high school Advanced Algebra, Pre-calculus, and/or Trigonometry. Students meeting these criteria must register for MTH 2300 no more than 1 year after graduation from high school.
NOTE: The ACT/SAT placement test exemption policy applies to a student’s most recent (not the highest) score on the ACT/SAT.
Mathematics placement levels are valid for one calendar year. If a student does not begin taking mathematics or statistics classes during his/her first year at Wright State University, he/she should retake the Mathematics Placement Test to determine where to begin.
Location and Fees
You can register to take your math placement test at Wright State University in Dayton for free or at a location near you that may include a fee (typically $20-45). Seating is limited. Register early to get in on your preferred date and time.
Student attending the Dayton Campus: Please note Wright State visitor parking is free; please go to Visitors Parking, Lot 2, for parking information and directions. Visit the university maps webpage for directions to campus.
Testing is located in 042 Library (Main Campus).
Students must bring their University ID (U00******) to their placement test. This can be found on their acceptance letter or an account sheet that was provided to them. Students are not permitted to bring a calculator to the placement test; one will be provided for them.
Lake Campus testing is available in the Office of Student Services. Please call 419-586-0300 to make an appointment. Please visit the link below for a map of campus:
Alternate Test Locations (Remote Testing)
Alternate test locations near you may require a site testing fee (typically $20-45). On the math placement registration form you can select your preferred Ohio city on the drop down menu.
Testing locations outside of Ohio: If you live outside of Ohio, a possible remote test location may be located near you. Select "Session 1099: Out of State Testing" on the online registration form. A University College representative will authorize your remote math test to be taken at the location nearest your address.
Once your math authorization has been set up, watch your Wright State e-mail for a message from "Compass" for instruction on what to do to finalize your math placement test session at the testing site. Please print and take the confirmation email with you to the testing session. It has your Wright State's test authorization number on it. NOTE: It may take several days for you to receive this e-mail. Please check your Wright State e-mail each day.
If you have difficulty with online registration, please call Testing Services at (937) 775-5770
Proctoring Service Needs
Dayton Campus Students contact: Office of Disability Services at (937) 775-5680 to use test proctoring services for a physical or learning disability. A pre-service interview is required to be eligible for any accommodation.
Lake Campus Students contact:
The Center for Independent Achievement 225 Dwyer Hall
Phone (419) 586-0366
Preparing for the Math Placement Test
It is to your advantage to review for the math placement test. Practice questions are available. Visit the ACT website to learn more.
Here is a list of links to further your review for the math placement test:
- Cuny Universities Review
- Gainesville State College Review
- West Texas A&M Review
The math placement test could cover the following areas:
- Numerical skills/pre-algebra
- Beginning algebra/intermediate algebra
- College algebra
Please note that the test does not include calculus. You can place in calculus by doing well in the college algebra and trigonometry sections. The test will start in Algebra II. You need to know this material extremely well to be able to see advanced algebra and trigonometry questions.
It is your responsibility to read all test policies and review testing material prior to taking the test.
Test day: When to Arrive and What to Bring
Arrive at least 15 minutes before your test time. You should bring your printed test confirmation e-mail, photo ID, university ID number (U00******) and two pencils. Calculators are not permitted- you will have access to a Microsoft built-in calculator.
Students who arrive 30 minutes after the test start time will not be admitted.
Testing is located in 042 Dunbar Library.
Children are not allowed in the testing room. Please make other arrangements for your children before arriving to take the placement test.
Test Completion Time
Completion time varies as the test is not timed. It typically takes 30-45 minutes to complete. In some rare cases, it could take longer.
We recommend you review before testing because Wright State has restrictions on the circumstances under which a student can retest in math within a year.
A student may retake the test no more than 3 times per year as long as the student has not completed a mathematics, statistics or developmental math course. A student may not retest if he/she has stayed in mathematics, statistics or developmental math course past the drop date/refund date and received a grade. Testing is to be done no more than once a term. The first retest is free. Additional retest(s) will require a $20 fee.
Math placement scores expire after 1 year. A student is required to retest if he/she has not taken and passed a mathematics/statistics course within one year of taking the placement test.
Login to Register
You will need your Wright State e-mail address and (U00******) to register. Available Testing 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.
Lake Campus Students: To register for a placement test at Wright State University–Lake Campus in Celina, Ohio, please call (419) 586-0300.