Math Placement and Quantitative Experience

September 29, 2021:

During the Fall 2021 semester, we will be continuing to administer placement exams remotely.  Please see below for the testing schedule and registration instructions.

Notice to students who registered for the Math Placement Assessment between November 2020 and the end of Spring/Summer 2021:

  • An email has been sent to you if you have assessments available and no re-registration is required. If you believe you fall in this category and did not receive this email, please contact Testing at

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, 1800 or 2010.  The Mathematics Department will accept transfer credit for all other courses. (Note: The Math Department is running a pilot study to accept transfer credit as the prerequisite for MAT 1800 and 2010 for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020. Please contact for further information.) 
  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.

Further ALEKS information

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 

Our university testing lab has been closed to in-person testing and currently remains so. While the lab is closed, we are testing students remotely. Because students have different levels of technology available to them for testing:

  • 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 should be taken within the first two weeks of the semester.  Any assessments taken during that time will be applied to the next semester.
  • Proctored testing will resume when the University reopens for normal business and policies will change at that time. 

Testing for Winter 2022 

August 30th was the last day for taking the assessment for placement into Fall 2021 courses. Assessments begun August 31st or later are valid for Winter 2022 and the following two semesters: Spring/Summer 2022 and Fall 2022. The last day for taking the assessment for placement into Winter 2022 is January 6, 2022. 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.

1. Online Registration:

Click the "ASTRO" button at the bottom of this page. This will lead you to the online registration system where you must pay with a credit or debit card. You will log into ASTRO using your WSU access ID and password.  

After you log in:  

Go to Exam Registration

  • Select an exam - Mathematics Placement Exam
  • You will see one test date listed - January 6th, 2022, 11:59pm. 
    • THIS IS NOT your scheduled test date.
    • THIS IDENTIFIES the last date you can test for Winter 2022 classes.
    • YOU MAY test on any date/time you wish, after completing your registration and receiving your instructions.
  • Click Register for this date, and then click Continue.
  • You will be taken to the CashNet system to make your payment.  
  • Please be patient and only submit the payment once to avoid problems
  • When your payment has been processed, scroll to the bottom of the page to confirm your test registration to secure your reservation 

       You will be sent two emails;  

  • a receipt for your payment sent to whatever email address you put into the payment system.
  • a confirmation of your registration that will contain a link to the specific instructions to access ALEKS and complete your assessment. 
    • This email will be sent to your WSU access ID email address. If it does not appear in your In Box, check your junk or spam folders. 
    • If you do not receive these instructions within two hours of your receipt, 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, fees, 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. 

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 . 

Click ASTRO to go to our online registration system
once you have read and understood the above instructions