Placement into math courses in the Department of Mathematics at Western Michigan University is accomplished in one of several different ways.
Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know in a subject. ALEKS then provides access to training/learning modules on the topics s/he is most ready to learn. As a student works through these materials, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained. ALEKS is very complete in terms of its topic coverage and it avoids multiple-choice questions.
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Aleks placement cut-offs
To view the cut-off scores and course placement click here.
For questions about ALEKS technical issues or mathematics placement contact Steven Culver, Department of Mathematics, (269) 387-4517.
For questions regarding the impact of math placement on your course schedule, contact an advisor in the academic advising office of the college that houses your major.
If no standardized tests are available or if they are outdated, previously completed coursework at another college or university can be used. Check the transfer credit equivalency page to confirm how your courses will transfer to WMU from any Michigan community college or university. Coursework completed at an out-of-state college or university will need to be evaluated by the department. Send a course description and an unofficial transcript via email to Steven Culver to have your courses evaluated.
College Level Examination Program
We use the CLEP for those who have taken this test.