All new students at EWU are highly encouraged to take the math placement assessment. It is the most accurate way to make sure you take classes appropriate for your abilities. However, students who meet at least one of the following criteria may opt out of the assessment:
- A College Level Math Course. A student's official transcript indicates a minimum grade of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in Intermediate Algebra or higher-level math course from a post-secondary institution. Refer to the Transfer Guide for more information;
- 3 or Better on AP Calculus or AP Statistics. A student has officially reported to EWU a minimum score of 3 on the College Board Advanced Placement Test for AB or BC Calculus and/or Statistics. Visit the Transfer Credit page for more information;
- Level 4 Smarter Balance Score. An officially reported level 4 score on the Smarter Balance test allows for placement into Math 107 or Math 114;
- Level 3 Smarter Balance Score. An officially reported level 3 score on the Smarter Balance test and a passing grade in a quantitative course during senior year of high school allows for placement into Math 107 or Math 114;
- Level 2 Smarter Balance Score. An officially reported level 2 score on the Smarter Balance test and a grade of B or better in the Bridge to College Mathematics course offered by a qualified teacher allows for placement into Math 107 or Math 114;
- CLEP Scores in Math. A student has officially reported to EWU a qualifying CLEP Math Course score. Visit the Transfer Credit page for more information;
- Register for MTHD 103. A student plans to enroll in a pre-university basic skills math course, such as MTHD 103.
Note: Students with a testing exception may be required to take the math placement assessment when an appropriate score is required to fulfill their "Lack of Course Prerequisite Hold" for registration in a specific course.
Students can pay the math placement fee by doing the following:
- Login in to myEWU Portal with your Eastern SSO
- Click on "Students" at the top of the page
- In the box "Student Financial Services," click the link "Make a Payment"
- Click on the "Pay Bill or Optional Charges" link at the top of the page
- Select "Testing fees"
- Add Math Placement Testing Fee to the shopping cart
- Pay the fee
We have two sessions available in which you may assess; one for Summer/Fall registration and the other for Winter/Spring registration. You can register once for each session, and you may take the assessment twice per session. The current session intended for Summer and Fall Quarter registration will end September 23, 2016. The next session for Winter and Spring Quarter will begin September 26, 2015.
You are only given one practice assessment. All other assessments are to be taken for credit in a proctored environment. When you show up at one of the available proctoring sessions, the password will be given to you.
If you would like to retake the placement assessment, you must first work for an additional 10 hours in the Learning and Prep Module within the six months you have access to it. If you think you may need to retake the placement assessment, you should take the first assessment at least a week before your access has expired to ensure you have enough time to complete your additional hours. Once you have completed all of your hours, you may show up for any available proctoring session.
No. Once the assessment session is over, you will have to purchase a new assessment package. The work done in the previous package will not count towards time spent in the new one.
If you score lower on the second placement assessment, we will use the higher of the two scores.
Access to the Learning and Prep Module only lasts six months from the day that you start it. Once the six months are up, you will no longer be able to complete your hours to be eligible to take the proctored assessments. However, you will need to finish all prep work before the end of the test session. The current one will end on September 23, 2016.
ALEKS is an adaptive assessment tool. Generally, assessments are 30 questions and take 90 minutes. However, students may be done before or after that. Make sure to set aside at least two hours for your assessments.
A calculator will be provided by ALEKS when it is appropriate to use. You may not use any other calculator during an ALEKS placement assessment.
No. Working in the Prep and Learning Module will help prepare you for the placement assessments, but it does not count towards actual placement.
Typically, you should expect about a 1 point gain for every two hours' worth of work in the prep and learning module. For example, if you assess at 35, you should expect to spend 12 hours to receive a 41. However, your individual needs may require more time in the prep module.
Currently, we require that students work a minimum of three hours in the Prep and Learning Module before they are allowed to take the proctored assessment. The strength of this placement program is in a student's mastery work following the initial assessment, students should plan to take advantage of the Prep and Learning Module to fully prepare for the placement assessment. (Research shows that even 5 hours spent in the learning module can improve a student's placement one entire class.)
ALEKS gives frequent assessments to gauge how much of the material the student has mastered over the course of the learning and prep module. These assessments do not count towards your placement, but they track your progress in the learning and prep module.
Please refer to Academic Advising for more information on your degree requirements.
ALEKS should run in any browser with java enabled, and the ALEKS plug-in should install automatically.
For more information visit the ALEKS Technical Support page.
Your score will be available the following day after completion of your proctored assessment.
No. Your APTP scores are no longer valid for registration at EWU. You will be required to take the ALEKS placement assessment.
If you are receiving an unauthorized user message when trying to log into ALEKS, this means that you have not paid for the math placement assessment for the current assessment session. If you think that you have received this message in error, please contact the placement administrator or math department.
If you have any other questions that we did not answer here, feel free to contact the math department directly or the Director of ALEKS placement services.
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