Math Placement and Quantitative Experience

January 30, 2023  

  • Testing for Spring/Summer 2023 classes is now available. This testing will be administered remotely, following the steps outlined below. 
  • If you have previously registered, your ALEKS account should be available. If you have questions, or are unsure of your status, contact the Testing Office before attempting to register.
  • New students starting in Fall 2023 should receive placement testing information through Orientation.

Mathematics Placement Exam, Course Placement, and Quantitative Experience changes between May 8, 2018, and April 2020. 

  • Significant changes were put into place for math course placement and course prerequisites beginning in Fall 2018.  For information regarding placement prior to Fall 2018 refer to this web site
  • From Fall 2018 until March 2020 the testing program was administered using a platform called Accuplacer.  For clarity, tests taken during that time period are referred to as Accuplacer tests or the Math Placement Exam (MPE). 
  • Beginning in April 2020 a new assessment system, Mathematics Placement Assessment (MPA) is being administered through the ALEKS PPL; see below for description. 

Quantitative Experience General Education Requirement Beginning Fall 2018 

Students who need to meet the Quantitative Experience (QE) general education requirement should discuss which course to take with their major advisor.  However, general information regarding meeting the requirement is provided below. 

  1. If MAT 1050 or above is needed to meet your specific degree requirements, you can meet QE through obtaining a C or above in at least one of your area's required math course sequences or by obtaining a course placement at the level of MAT 1800 or above. ACT, SAT or the Math Placement Assessment (MPA) may be used to indicate your placement. 
  1. If you are not required to take any of the sequence outlined above, QE can be met in the following ways. 
  • Taking a QE course at WSU and obtaining at least a C. 
  • Transferring in a QE course or one that meets another institution's MTA requirements. 
  • Placing into level 3 on the Mathematics Placement Assessment (MPA) or previous Math Placement Exam (MPE). 
  • Obtaining a score of 25 or better on the ACT math, a 580 or higher on the SAT math before March 2016, or a 600 or higher on the SAT math March 2016 or later.  An official score report is required. 
  • Achieving an acceptable score on one of the following tests:  AP, IB, or CLEP.  Go to for details. 

Mathematics course placement 

All students who plan to take MAT 1050, 1070, 1110, 1120, 1800, 2010 or STA 2210 as their first mathematics course at Wayne State University (WSU) must place into the course according to the policies of the WSU Department of Mathematics. To determine the best or proper course to take, you should consult with an academic advisor. 

A student can have multiple valid placements using ACT, SAT, MPE and MPA, depending on how often they have taken the tests. If they are different, the most recent placement will be used. If there is a discrepancy between a valid MPE score and the most recent valid ACT or SAT math score, the higher placement will be used. 

What Makes an ACT, SAT, MPE or MPA Placement Score Valid? 

  1. ACT or SAT – If you have taken the ACT and/or SAT more than once, only the most recent score will be considered, regardless of whether it is the ACT or the SAT.  However, if the most recent ACT and/or SAT scores were taken during the same month and year, the highest score will be used.  For MAT 1050, 1070, 1110, 1120, 1800 or 2010; using an ACT or SAT Math score will be valid for two years from the date the exam was taken.  Placement for STA 2210 does not expire. 
  2. Math Placement Exam/Assessment – For MAT 1050, 1070, 1110, 1120, 1800 or 2010 both MPE or MPA scores will be honored for three semesters: the semester for which the examination was taken and the two semesters immediately following. For the purposes of counting, there are three semesters: Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer.  STA 2210 placement does not expire.  
  3. If you want to attempt  MAT 1050, 1070, 1110, 1120, 1800, 2010, or STA 2210 a third or fourth time there is a special process to follow which may involve taking the placement exam again, even if you have a valid placement score.  Please contact the Math Department undergraduate advisor at for further information. MPA's taken in these instances are only good for one semester. 
  4. Transfer Credit – The Mathematics Department does not take transfer credit to act as a prerequisite for the following courses – MAT 1050, 1070, 1110, 1120, or 1800. The Mathematics Department will accept transfer credit as a prerequisite for MAT 2010 and all other courses. For MAT 2010 the prerequisite course must have been taken within the previous three semesters. For higher level courses there is no restriction.
  5. Quantitative Experience – Math courses other than MAT 1050 and higher that meet the Quantitative Experience general education requirement, do not have prerequisites and therefore do not require a placement exam.  Examples are MAT 1000 and STA 1020. 

Course Placement Using an American College Test (ACT) Math Score or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Math Score 1,2 


ACT Math Score 

SAT Math Score  


29 or higher

670 or higher 

MAT 2010 or lower and STA 22103 

26 or higher 

620 or higher 

MAT 1110, 1120, 1800 or lower 


25 or higher 

600 or higher 

QE is met

21 or higher 

530 or higher 

MAT 1070 or lower 

20 or lower or no ACT 

520 or lower or no SAT 

MAT 0993, 1000, or STA 1020  

1. The course you should choose is determined by your intended major. Consult an academic advisor. 
2. See "What Makes an ACT, SAT, MPE or MPA Placement Score Valid?" above this chart for restrictions to placement. 
3. An SAT math score of 650 or higher from an exam taken prior to March 2016 will allow entrance into STA 2210 without expiration. 
4. An SAT math score of 580 or higher from an exam taken prior to March 2016 will meet the Quantitative Experience general education requirement, without expiration.

WSU Mathematics Placement Assessment (MPA) 

Students without a MAT or STA course placement using an ACT or SAT Math score may take the MPA to determine MAT or STA course placement or take the lowest level math course. Students may also take the exam if they have taken the ACT and/or SAT, if they would like to attempt to place into a higher math course.    

Placements are valid for three semesters.  In order to be successful, students must complete the course they were placed into, with the required grade, within that time frame. Subsequent math or statistics courses should be taken without pause until the required sequence is completed.  

MPA Description, Details and FAQs  

Beginning in April 2020 the MPA has been conducted through the ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) Assessment to determine readiness for mathematics courses.  ALEKS is a web-based program that uses artificial intelligence to map a student's strengths and weaknesses.   

ALEKS consists of three parts:  

  1. An Initial Placement Assessment of up to 30 questions with a 2-hour time limit. Your assessment results will display immediately upon completion. 
  2. The Prep and Learning Module; an individualized, self-paced online review for students to refresh their knowledge on forgotten topics.  
  3. Additional placement attempts.

ALEKS Completion Feature

  • Assessments must be completed and submitted before the two-hour time limit expires.
  • Assessments not submitted in time are considered incomplete and not scored.
  • Incomplete assessments are not considered one of the three assessment attempts.
  • You must retest and may do so immediately if you wish.

Additional information including the FAQ can be found here:

Mathematics Course Placement Using the Mathematics Placement Assessment (MPA) 1,2,3 

Level 4 (ALEKS score 76-100)         

MAT 2010 or lower and STA 2210 

Level 3 (ALEKS score 61-75)

MAT 1110, 1120, 1800 or lower 

Level 2 (ALEKS score 46-60) 

MAT 1070 or lower 

Level 1 (ALEKS score 0-45) 

MAT 0993, MAT 1000 or STA 1020 (These courses do not require any placement to enroll.)

1. The course you should choose is determined by your intended major. Consult an academic advisor. 
2. See "What Makes an ACT, SAT, MPE or MPA Placement Score Valid?" above this chart for restrictions to placement. 
3. Scores are subject to change


Assessment results/validity/repeats 

If you place into a course below the level you expected, you may either take the lower level course or use ALEKS PPL to prepare and retake the assessment until you have used all the available assessments. 

Results are displayed within ALEKS PPL and will be posted online at under the Tests sub-heading.  You may not register for a course until this has been done.  This process can take up to a week after the assessment is completed.  A notification will be sent to your WSU email address once they have been posted.  Upon receipt of that email you may register for the course. 

As stated above, assessment results are valid for specific semesters.  An assessment taken after a semester has begun IS NOT valid for that semester.  Assessment results will not be posted within the first two weeks of a semester.  An assessment taken on the first day of classes will not be posted until after the drop/add period has ended. 

You may take the assessment the maximum number of times allowed by ALEKS PPL but once that number has been reached you may not test again, even if your 12-month subscription has not expired.  You may continue to use ALEKS PPL as part of your course preparation. 

Current Testing Status 

  • Students are currently taking unproctored assessments remotely.
  • Academic integrity statements are required within the ALEKS program.  Cheating of any kind is against the Wayne State University Student Code of Conduct and subject to discipline.
  • Please take note that the purpose of this assessment is to determine your actual skill level and place you into the proper mathematics course.  Failure to take the assessment honestly could lead to you being placed into a course for which you are not prepared and cause you difficulty in succeeding; not just in this course but in subsequent courses.
  • There is no schedule of test dates.  
    • Students may begin to take their assessments whenever they wish to do so, from the moment they receive the instructions.   
    • The last date students may complete an assessment is identified below; at least one day before the first day of classes. 
    • No assessments may be taken within the first one to two weeks of the semester.  
  • Registration and testing policies will change when proctored testing resumes. 

Testing for Spring/Summer 2023

Assessments taken beginning February 1st are valid for Spring/Summer 2023 and the following two semesters: Fall 2023 and Winter 2024. The last day for testing for Spring/Summer 2023 classes will be May 3rd. We DO NOT recommend waiting until this last date. 

The Mathematics Placement Assessment does not have set test dates. You may begin using ALEKS and completing assessments as soon as you receive your instructions after completing your registration. 

How to register for the assessment  

  • You must register to be sent your instructions and log in credentials for ALEKS.
  • Do not follow these instructions if you have previously registered. See the notice to students at the top of the page.
  • For new students starting Fall 2023, placement test registration will be done through Orientation. Please do not register on your own at this time. 

1. Online Registration: Click the "ASTRO" button at the bottom of this page. This will lead you to the online registration system where you may pay the $50.00 fee with a credit or debit card.  

After you log in to ASTRO, go to Exam Registration 

  • Select an exam - Mathematics Placement Exam
  • You will see one test date listed - May 3rd, 2023, 11:59pm. 
    • THIS IS NOT your scheduled test date.
    • THIS IDENTIFIES the last date you can test for Spring/Summer 2023 classes.
    • YOU MAY test on any date/time you wish, after completing your registration and receiving your instructions.
    • We do not recommend waiting to test on this last date.

After the system processes your payment, you will receive two email confirmations: one for your payment and the other for registration. 

  • You should receive your payment confirmation immediately. There may be a delay of up to one hour to receive your registration confirmation.
  • If you do not receive your payment confirmation immediately, wait at least one hour before attempting to submit your payment again.
  • The registration confirmation will be sent to your WSU email address. If it does not appear in your inbox, check your junk or spam folders.
    • The registration confirmation will come from
    • DO NOT reply to this email.
  • If you have not received this confirmation more than one hour after receiving the payment confirmation, or have any questions, send an email to


2.  In Person Registration: ***NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE. 
If you wish to pay your test fee(s) with a check, money order, or WSU OneCard, come to Testing, Evaluation and Research Services, Room 686 Student Center Building, 5221 Gullen Mall (click here for map). Make your check or money order payable to Wayne State University. You may also use our public computer to make your credit card payment. Cash will not be accepted. 

Refunds and rescheduling 

1.  A refund is available only if there has been no initial log in into ALEKS PPL.  
2.  Fees not used or refunded are subject to forfeiture after one calendar year. 
3. Test fees are subject to change without notice.
4. Once registered for ALEKS, please do not try to reschedule or postpone your test in ASTRO.
  • Within ASTRO, your registration will show under My Exams until you complete your first assessment. At that point the exam will no longer be visible in ASTRO. 
  • If you do not complete an assessment by the date for which you have registered, your registration will no longer show in ASTRO under my exams. Do not re-register. Please contact Testing at or 313-577-3400 option 1.

Special accommodations 

If you have a documented disability that requires testing accommodations, you will need to register with Student Disability Services for coordination of these accommodations. The Student Disability Services (SDS) office is located at 1600 David Adamany Undergraduate Library in the Student Academic Success Services Department. To schedule an appointment, call 313-577-1851. Information about SDS can be found at . 

Do not click here if you have previously registered, are a 2022-23 first-year student, or will be a Fall 2023 first-year student. See note at top.
Click ASTRO to go to our online registration system once you have read and understood the above instructions
For the Mathematics Placement Exam, you will see only one date listed: May 3rd, 2023.
This administration is named May 3, 2023 to identify the last date you may test for Spring/Summer 2023 classes.
You may begin testing as soon as your registration is complete and you receive your instructions.
We do not recommend waiting until May 3rd.