Placement Tests

Placement into math courses in the Department of Mathematics at Western Michigan University is accomplished in one of several different ways.

ACT or SAT math scores

The current method uses the ACT or SAT math placement chart. This will be changing for Fall 2020.

Transferred courses

If no standardized tests are available or if they are outdated, previously completed coursework at another college or university can be used.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.

ALEKS ONline placement test

If none of the above methods is available, the Department of Mathematics uses the ALEKS placement test to place you into courses. This is a timed test that can be proctored on campus or remotely. After taking a test, the student is given a score, feedback and access to training modules that are used to improve the student's skills. After working through training modules the student is able to repeat a proctored exam that can be used for placement purposes. Taking this test and using the results for placement purposes is totally voluntary and at the student's discretion.

ALEKS ONLINE TEST INSTRUCTIONS