Math Placement and Quantitative Experience
We are remaining closed for in person testing for the immediate future.
Remote testing is available as described below:
The test can be taken on any device: desktop, laptop, iPad, and even smart phone.
We do not recommend using a smart phone if you have another option.
The test does not require a webcam but does require a good internet connection.
Effective; April 22, 2020: The new Mathematics Assessment, for placement into mathematics courses and to satisfy Quantitative Experience (QE) is now available. Please review all the information on this page carefully and take special note of the registration instructions at the bottom.
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.
- 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.
- 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 wayne.edu/transfercredit/tests/ 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?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for further information. MPA's taken in these instances are only good for one semester.
- 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 email@example.com for further information.)
- 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 higher3
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 met4
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
Course placement by 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:
- An Initial Placement Assessment of up to 30 questions with a 2-hour time limit. Your assessment results will display immediately upon completion. See the ALEKS completion process below.
- The Prep and Learning Module; an individualized, self-paced online review for students to refresh their knowledge on forgotten topics.
- Additional placement attempts: the assessment may be taken a total of three times. The initial plus two additional attempts. Each attempt will receive a permit to register for classes.
What you need to know before you register.
- The fee is $37.00
- After you register with the Testing Office (see instructions below) you will be sent instructions to log into Aleks.
- After logging in the first time, you will begin a 12-month subscription during which time you may take up to three assessments and use the modules to improve your math skills up to MAT 2010, Calculus 1.
- A minimum 48 hour cool-off period is required between assessments.
- A minimum of three hours learning module usage is required between assessments.
- All three assessments may be used in one semester or saved for subsequent semesters.
- After using your three assessments, you may not register to take additional assessments until your 12-month subscription expires. After your third assessment, you must register for the highest appropriate course into which you were placed. Consult with an academic advisor in your WSU school or college or the University Advising Center to select the correct course. The highest course you placed into is not necessarily the course required by your major.
- Please note the ALEKS completion process.
- Assessments must be completed and submitted within the two-hour time limit.
- Assessments are considered incomplete and will not be scored if they are not submitted before the time limit expires.
- Incomplete assessments are not considered one of your three assessment attempts and you do not need to observe the cool-off period or Prep and Learning work to retest.
- Every completed assessment attempt will be posted to your student record and the Testing Office will send to you an email notification each time that has been done. Posting will be done on a weekly basis.
For additional details about the exam content and preparation, including free resources and tutoring, visit https://clas.wayne.edu/math/programs/placement.
A student's placement score will be a number from 0 to 100. That represents the percentage of topics ALEKS has identified a student to have mastered.
Course placement is determined as follows:
Mathematics Course Placement Using the Mathematics Placement Assessment (MPA) 1,2
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.)
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 stars.wayne.edu 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.
Rescheduling, refunds, and fees
Prior to and on the day of the examination.
You will be sent two emails after completing your registration; a receipt and detailed instructions to log into ALEKS. The receipt will be sent to whatever email address you put into the payment system. The ALEKS instructions will be sent to your WSU access ID email address. Please note, these emails may end up in your Junk or Spam folders. The assessment will be presented through ALEKS PPL and you may begin using it immediately upon receiving your instructions. If you do not receive the ALEKS instructions within 3 hours after receiving your receipt, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For in person testing, which will resume upon resumption of normal university operations, some of these procedures will change.
TESTING DURING THE CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWN
Our university testing lab has been closed to in-person testing. While the lab is closed, we will be testing students remotely. Because many students have different levels of technology available to them for testing, we are currently assessing students in an uproctored environment.
- 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 SPRING/SUMMER 2021
Testing for Spring/Summer 2021 ends on May 6th, 2021, at 11:59pm.
TESTING FOR FALL 2021 AND LATER SEMESTERS
Within our Automated System for Test Registration Online (ASTRO), you will see one date listed:
****August 30th, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.**** (date will become available beginning May 21st, 2021.)
AUGUST 30TH IS THE LAST DAY FOR TAKING THE ASSESSMENT FOR PLACEMENT INTO FALL 2021 COURSES
- This is NOT a set test date or time. This is a "holding" administration for the semester.
- Once you have registered for this date and receieved your log in instructions, you may immediately start taking your assessment on whatever day and time you wish.
- Once you have begun using ALEKS, do not attempt to reschedule or register again within the test registration system, ASTRO.
- Once you complete your first ALEKS assessment, your Math Placement registration within ASTRO will no longer be visible under "My Exams".
- After using your three assessments, you are not eligible to sign up again until your 12-month subscription has expired and should take the appropriate class you qualified into.
- If you need your ALEKS log in instructions resent, send an email to email@example.com
If you registered within ASTRO and did not complete any ALEKS assessments before the date you registered for has passed, you may still use ALEKS provided that it has been less than one year since you made your payment. For example, if you registered for the May 6 date, but did not complete an assessment before May 6 you will not see your registration under "My Exams" in ASTRO, but you may still use your login instructions to access ALEKS. Send and email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you need those instructions resent or have questions.
How to register for the assessment
You must register to be sent your instructions and log in credentials for ALEKS.
If you are an incoming first year student for Fall 2021 and were admitted through our test-optional pathway, see the special note above the ASTRO button at the bottom of this page. All other students, complete the online registration steps below:
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
- 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 three hours of your receipt, send an email to email@example.com.
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 http://studentdisability.wayne.edu/ .
If you are an incoming first year student for Fall 2021 and were admitted through our test-optional pathway,register for exams through orientation at https://slate.wayne.edu/register/placementexams21Otherwise, click ASTRO to go to our online registration systemonce you have read and understood the above instructions