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Placement Testing

Math Placement Test Policy

Math course placement is determined by your 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.  Students without any test scores will be placed in DEV 0970 – Basic Algebra.

FIRST COURSE
(depending on major)
ACT/SAT MATH SCORE ALEKS LEVEL
MTH 2300 – Calculus I ACT 27 or above
SAT 620 or above
ALEK 76 or above
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 1280 – College Algebra
MTH 1450 – Math & the Modern World
MTH 2410 – Math Concepts for Teachers I
STT 1600 – Stat Concepts
STT 2640 – Elementary Statistics

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

ACT 22-24
SAT 520-579

 

ACT 17-21
SAT 420-519

ALEK 46-60

 

ALEK 30-45

DEV 0970 – Basic Algebra
Does not count toward WSU Core requirements or graduation
ACT 16 or below
SAT 419 or below
ALEK 29 or below
  • A one-time $25 testing fee will be assessed to your tuition bill.
  • ACT, SAT or ALEKS test scores are valid for course placement within two (2) years.
  • You may use the highest of any valid non-expired score (i.e., ACT, SAT, or ALEKS Placement).
  • Transfer students who do not have transfer credit (within two years) for an equivalent WSU math course should determine their placement either by a valid non-expired ACT/SAT score or by taking the ALEKS Placement Assessment.
  • Before scheduling the ALEKS Placement Assessment, please consult with your Academic Advisor. If you are advised to do so, the ALEKS Placement Assessment can be scheduled and taken on campus through Student Services at the Lake Campus and each student can retest up to three (3) times per year. Call (419) 586-0300 to schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor. In order to retest, a student must first complete an online learning module that will help them improve their placement. It is strongly recommended that students use this available tool to review their math skills, either to prepare for the first college math class or to improve upon the placement determined by ACT/SAT.

Math Deficiency

  • Students who have not completed at least 3 years/units of mathematics (including Algebra I and II or equivalent) are considered to be “deficient in Math”.
  • Students can remove the deficiency by successfully completing DEV 0970 before graduation. Alternatively, a successful completion of one of the following courses can also serve as deficiency removal: MTH 1280, 1350, 2240, 2280, or 2300, provided that the students meet the proper prerequisite for the course.

Retesting

  • A student who has taken the math placement test is allowed to retest up to three (3) times per year. However, there is a 48 hour wait period before being allowed to retest to provide the student time to review math skills. A student may not retest if he/she has enrolled in mathematics, statistics or developmental math course past the final drop date or received a grade.

Writing Placement Test Policy

Students are placed into writing courses through standardized test scores and performance on Wright State’s writing placement test. This chart shows who must take the placement test and the possible courses you may be required to take. Courses in bold not count toward your degree. If you are required to take the placement test but do not do so, you will be placed into DEV 0920 or will be unable to enroll in a writing course, depending on your ACT or SAT scores.

FIRST COURSE ACT/SAT SCORE PLACEMENT
LEVEL
ENG 1100 Academic Writing and Reading ACT English: 23 or above
SAT Writing: 530 or above
SAT Critical Reading: 530 or
above
No placement test needed
40, 82, 84 or 86
DEV 0920 Foundations of College Reading and Writing
Does not count toward WSU Core requirements or graduation
ACT English 17 or below
SAT Writing 429 or below
SAT Critical Reading 449 or below
30 or 60
  • A $25 testing fee will be assessed to your tuition bill.
  • ACT, SAT or WSU Writing Placement test scores are valid for course placement for two (2) years.

Readmitted students with expired WSU writing placement scores must retest if your placement was not ENG 1100.

  • You may use the highest of any valid non-expired score (i.e., ACT, SAT, or Writing Placement).
  • You may fulfill the Wright State Core writing requirement with previous college composition credit with a grade C or higher OR posted AP credit for ENG 1100.  If you have such credit, you need not take the writing placement test.
  • Transfer students who do not have transfer credit (within two years) for an equivalent WSU English course should determine their placement either by a valid non-expired ACT/SAT score or by taking the WSU Writing Placement test.
  • The WSU Writing Placement is an online assessment.

Retesting

  • Students are not permitted to retest for the Writing placement.