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 chances of improving your placement on allowable retests. ALEKS Prep & 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 proctored setting. You may register to complete the math placement test at either the Dayton or Lake campus. Testing at approved off-campus locations may be available if you have been formally admitted to Wright State. Certain restrictions apply; for example, if you are a College Credit Plus applicant, you must register to take your supervised math test on either the Dayton or Lake Campus.


Registration

You will need your Wright State Campus credentials to register for a General Test Session on the Dayton Campus.

If you do not know your Campus username (w001abc) or password (or your UID & PIN), please call the Help Desk at (937) 775-4827 (toll-free at 1-888-775-4827) or visit 025 Library Annex.

Dayton Campus Students: Available test dates are listed in the drop-down menu. Additional dates may be added as needed. Please test as soon as possible to secure a seat and to take full advantage of potential retesting opportunities. Note: Our system will only permit you to register for one test session at a time. If there are still seats in other sessions, you may change your test date by modifying and resubmitting your online registration form. 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

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 for a General Test Session.

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 General Test Session.

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


Locations and Fees

On-Campus Location and Fees

After you take your math placement test, a non-refundable $25 math test fee should be added to your bill or tuition statement sometime during your first term. This non-refundable test fee includes up to three (3) retests during your 6 months of ALEKS access.

Test sessions can fill quickly and seats are limited. Tip: Test early and take advantage of any allowable retesting. We want you to place into the course that best fits your academic needs. Remember: Once you complete your initial assessment, you will gain access to the ALEKS program. Then you can retest as needed; doing so could help you save both time & money!

Directions and Parking

  • Wright State's Dayton Campus: Please go to Visitor Parking, Lot 2, for free parking information. Visit the Dayton Campus map 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 Ohio cities:  Akron, Chillicothe, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Lima, Orrville, and Rio Grande.

Please note:

  • To test at an off-site location, you must complete the online test registration process. You cannot simply show up to another test site and request a test without prior approval from Wright State.
  • After you register, you will receive an automated response to let you know your request has been received. Then, within three business days, you will receive a personalized email indicating which test center you have been approved to visit along with any other specific information 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. Proctoring costs at non-Wright State locations are not refundable. Also, off-site proctoring fees are not related to the non-refundable $25 placement test fee, which will be placed on your tuition statement or bill for Wright State. Because Wright State has no jurisdiction over fees charged at other test centers, College Credit Plus (CCP) students should not use the off-site test proctoring option. If you are a CCP applicant, please schedule your tests at the Dayton or Lake Campus.

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 U.S. 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 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 & 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 & 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!