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Math Placement Testing

Math Placement Information

What you need to know:

Math Placement Assessment Information

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Wright State University offers the ALEKS Placement Assessment to determine readiness for various math and statistics courses and an opportunity to place at your highest level for success.  The ALEKS Placement Assessment covers material from Basic Math through Precalculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning Module is available for you to review and learn material, and to improve placement and eventual course outcomes.

All students are strongly encouraged to spend several hours using the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module. Even if you have achieved placement in your desired course, time spent in ALEKS will better prepare you for your upcoming course and ultimately lead to better grades.

First of all, relax.  This is an “assessment,” not a test. The difference is that an assessment is designed to determine what you know. At the end of the ALEKS Placement Assessment, you will have a much better sense of your strengths and weaknesses in math. You will then have an opportunity to strengthen your skills. There is really no penalty for incorrectly answering a question on the assessment.  The most important thing is that you take the assessment seriously and give it an honest effort so that the assessment truly reflects your level of knowledge and math preparedness.

Be honest about your skill level. There is no benefit to cheating on the placement assessment – your only reward will be that you are forced to take a class that is too difficult for your current level of mathematical knowledge. Therefore, while you are taking the assessment, do not consult any other source for help (friends, family, internet searches, etc.). The purpose of the placement assessment is to give an accurate measure of your current mathematical skills so that you will be successful in your mathematics 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 retake the ALEKS Placement Assessment?

Yes, you may take up to 3 retests after completing the initial assessment. However, to make each attempt worthwhile, you must work in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module in between placement assessments (for at least 3 hours) so that you can improve your skills.  Retests are proctored and taken on-campus.  You may register for retests by clicking on the "Login to Register for Math Placement Test" link below.

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, to make each attempt worthwhile, you must work in your ALEKS Prep and Learning Module in between placement assessments (for at least 3 hours) so that you can improve your skills.  You must wait 48 hours between placement assessments.

Are placement assessments timed?  How long will a placement assessment take to complete once I start?

Yes, you have 48 hours to complete a placement assessment once it has begun.  However, 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.

What is my placement result?

Your placement result is your percentage mastery on the best assessment.

Course placement is determined as follows:


(depending on major)



DEV 0970 – Basic Algebra

ACT 16 or below

SAT 419 or below

ALEK 29 or below

MTH 1440 – Math & the Modern World w/Algebra Review

DEV 0970 - Basic Algebra

ACT 17 - 21

SAT 420 - 519

ALEK 30 - 45

MTH 1280 – College Algebra

MTH 1450 – Math & the Modern World

MTH 2410 – Math Concepts for Teachers I

STT 1600 – Stat Concepts

STT 2640 – Elementary Statistics

ACT 22 - 24

SAT 520 - 579

ALEK 46 - 60

MTH 1350 – Analytic Geometry & Trigonometry

MTH 2240 – Applied Calculus

MTH 2280 – Business Calculus

MTH 2570 – Discrete Math for Computing

ACT 25 - 26

SAT 580 - 619

ALEK 61 - 75

MTH 2300 – Calculus I

ACT 27 or above

SAT 620 or above

ALEK 76 or above


How long is my placement result valid?

Your placement result is valid for 2 years.

Can I practice using ALEKS before I begin placement?

ALEKS will begin with a brief tutorial before your placement begins.

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

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

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, use the module recommended by ALEKS.

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 help with ALEKS?

How do I begin using ALEKS?

Please click on the following

Location and Fees

You can register to take your math placement test at Wright State University (in Dayton or Celina).  The testing fee is $25 that is placed on your bill in your first term of enrollment. 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.

Students attending the Lake Campus: Testing is available in the Office of Student Services.

Lake 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:

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.

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.

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.

Login to Register for a Math Placement Test

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.