Math Placement Testing

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Math Placement Assessment Information

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Register to complete the ALEKS Placement Assessment by clicking the Register tab

Already completed the assessment and need to login to ALEKS?  Go to the Prep & Learning tab

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.  Please click the Register tab to learn more about additional locations.

Register

You will need your Wright State e-mail address and (U00******) 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 only 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. 

Test Proctoring: 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 see our information on Special Testing Accommodations below.

Special Testing Accommodations

Students registered with Wright State’s Office of Disability Services on the Dayton Campus or those who require temporary special test accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services 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.

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

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

On-Campus Location and Fees

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

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 & Parking

WSU's Dayton Campus: 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.

WSU's Lake Campus in Celina: Please contact the Office of Student Services (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, Rio Grande, and Toledo. 

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-WSU test locations are not refundable. Off-site proctoring fees are not related to the $25 test fee that will be placed on your first term bill for WSU.
    • Remember: The $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) 775-5770 so that we can discuss your testing needs. 
 
International students intending Wright State will have opportunities to take the math placement test after arriving in the US.  International students living outside the US should register to test at Wright State’s Dayton or Lake Campus.  Please feel free to call (937) 775-5770 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.

Proctoring Service Needs

Students registered with Wright State’s Office of Disability Services on the Dayton Campus or those who require temporary special test accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services 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.

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

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

Preparing for the ALEKS Assessment Test

It is to your advantage to review for the math placement test.

This list of links can help you BEFORE your first ALEKS math assessment 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.

The math placement test could cover the following areas:

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

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

Test day: When to Arrive & What to Bring

Arrive at least 20 minutes before your test time. Bring your printed test confirmation e-mail, photo ID, University ID number (U00******), the PIN to your WINGS Express account, and two pencils. Personal calculators are not permitted.  There is a calculator in the ALEKS assessment program; you will receive instructions about how to use it.

Students who arrive 30 minutes late will not be admitted.

ALEKS Math Placement Tests are administered in the Student Success Center (SC) building.  Please check your test confirmation email to ensure you report to the correct room on the day of your test.

Children are not allowed in the testing room.  Please make other childcare arrangements before arriving to take your test.  Also, to maintain an appropriate test environment, we might ask you to place certain items (backpacks, coats, hats, etc.) in a designated area to keep tables clear of personal belongings during the test.  Please limit what you bring to the test site as we cannot be responsible for lost items. Thank you.

Prep & Learning

You will need your Wright State UID (U00******) and PIN to register. 

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.

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

You must wait 48 hours between placement assessments. There is generally no benefit to re-taking the assessment immediately after completing a prior attempt. Unlike the SAT or ACT, you cannot improve your results by simply re-taking the assessment without spending time in the Prep and Learning Module to refresh material that you may have forgotten or to learn new material.

Can I retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment immediately?

You must wait 48 hours between placement assessments. There is generally no benefit to re-taking the assessment immediately after completing a prior attempt. Unlike the SAT or ACT, you cannot improve your results by simply re-taking the assessment without spending time in the Prep and Learning Module to refresh material that you may have forgotten or to learn new material.

Must I work in my ALEKS Prep and Learning Module between placement assessments?

Yes. You must do at least 3 hours of Prep and Learning in your Testing Services ALEKS cohort (or class) between each allowable re-test. If you do not complete at least 3 full hours of P&L between retests, ALEKS will not permit you to take a re-test until those hours have been recorded.

Remember: New test-takers do not have access to the ALEKS Prep and Learning modules before the initial ALEKS assessment. You need to take the initial proctored assessment with Testing Services first. Then you may retest to improve your score if you complete 3 full hours of P&L between each allowable retest.

FAQs

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.

Is there a fee for using ALEKS?

Use of ALEKS is included in your student fees.  The testing fee is $25.

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

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?

Access to a Prep and Learning Module is included along with up to 3 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.

Can I change to a different Prep and Learning Module later?

No, you may only use one Prep and Learning Module. If you are unsure which module to select, select a learning module high enough to access math concepts needed for the math course you really hope to take for your intended major. (Do not underestimate your ability to improve your performance and learn new concepts!)

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?

Please click on the following http://www.wright.edu/math-placement