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Math Placement

Math and Chemistry Placement at West Virginia University

WVU is committed to student success. With this in mind, students are placed into math and chemistry courses based on prerequisites or placement scores. Students may place by ACT Math score, SAT Math score, scores on the ALEKS Math Assessment, or successful completion of a pre-requisite course.

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Important Notes: High School ACCESS students and Incoming Freshmen who have not yet received a valid WVU ID card may not test during these times.

Students who have never taken ALEKS

Students who have never taken the ALEKS Placement Assessment must email placement@math.wvu.edu one week
prior of the test date to be added to the eCampus shell and include their student number.

Students who have already taken ALEKS

  • You must wait a minimum of 24 hours between attempts one and two.
  • You must complete a minimum of 8 hours in the Prep and Learning Modules between attempts two and three.
Important Notes: High School ACCESS students and Incoming Freshmen who have not yet received a valid WVU ID card may not test during these times.

Once you take a math class you are no longer eligible to take the ALEKs placement assessment.

The ALEKS Placement Assessment may be taken anytime during the listed hours on the following dates.

Date   Time   Location
Apr. 5   11:00am - 2:00pm   306 Armstrong Hall
Apr. 26   11:00am - 2:00pm   306 Armstrong Hall
Apr. 29   10:00am - 2:00pm   306 Armstrong Hall
May 1   10:00am - 2:00pm   306 Armstrong Hall

Summer 2019 ALEKS Testing

The Aleks Placement exam may be taken anytime between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm, Monday through Friday, in 421 Armstrong Hall from May 13, 2019 to August 2,2019. You must have your WVU ID card with you. Please bring something to write with as well.

For questions, please email placement@math.wvu.edu.




ALEKS scores are different from exam grades. Math 126 (College Algebra) requires a minimum ALEKS score of 45. Math 122 (Quantitative Skills and Reasoning) requires a minimum ALEKS score of 30. Math 122 is a two-credit preparatory course for College Algebra (Math 126) and *does not* fulfill the WVU general education math requirement.

Note:You will not be permitted to take a math or chemistry course that is above your readiness level, even if you are only one point away. If you want to place into a higher-level course, you may use ALEKS learning modules to improve your skills and retake the assessment. You must qualify for a class before scheduling it. At the beginning of the semester, students who do not meet criteria for a class are removed from the roll.

 


WVU Course

For additional information on math courses see https://math.wvu.edu/courses-view

Old SAT Math

New SAT Math

ACT Math

ALEKS

Placement by Pre-requisite Course

Math 121

Intro Concepts of Mathematics

or

Statistics 111

Understanding Statistics

There are no prerequisites or placement scores required to register for MATH 121 (Intro Concepts of Mathematics) or STAT 111 (Understanding Statistics). These courses fulfill the WVU general education math requirement.

Math 122 (Quantitative Skills and Reasoning) is a two-credit preparatory course for College Algebra (Math 126) and *does not* fulfill the WVU general education math requirement.

Math 121 (Intro Concepts of Mathematics) does not satisfy the pre-req for any other math course.

Math 122

Quantitative Skills and Reasoning

460

500

19

30-44

NA

Math 124 Applied Algebra

540

570

22

45-64

C- or higher in MATH 122

Math 126

College Algebra 4-Day

540

570

22

45-64

C- in MATH 122

(STEM majors)

Math 128

Plane Trigonometry

NA

NA

NA

NA

MATH 124 or MATH 126 or MATH 126C with a minimum grade C-

Math 129

Pre-Calculus Mathematics

580

600

26

65-69

Placement only

Math 150

Applied Calculus

580

600

26

65-69

MATH 124 or MATH 126 or MATH 129 with minimum grade of C-

Math 153

Calculus 1a with Precalculus

600

620

27

70-74

[(MATH 126A or MATH 126B or MATH 126C or 126) and MATH 128] with a minimum grade of C- in both; or MATH 129 with a minimum grade of C-

Math 155

Calculus 1

630

650

28

75 or >

MATH 129 with a minimum grade of C-

Chemistry110A

Introduction to Chemistry A

540

570

22

45 or >

MATH 122 or higher with a minimum grade of C-

Chemistry110B

Introduction to Chemistry B

NA

NA

NA

NA

CHEM 110A with a minimum grade of C-. Students must register for CHEM 110A and CHEM 110B in the same term.

Chemistry111

Survey of Chemistry

540

570

22

45 or >

MATH 122 or higher with a minimum grade of C-

Chemistry112

Survey of Chemistry

NA

NA

NA

NA

CHEM 111

Chemistry115

Fundamentals of Chemistry

600

620

26

65 or >

CHEM 110B with minimum grade of C- ; or [(MATH 126A or MATH 126B or MATH 126C) and MATH 128] with a minimum grade of C- in both; or MATH 129 or higher with a minimum grade of C-

Chemistry 116

Fundamentals of Chemistry

NA

NA

NA

NA

CHEM 115

Chemistry117*

Principles of Chemistry

640 with CHEM test*

660

28 with CHEM test*

NA

Score of 4 or 5 on AP Chemistry Exam

*Chemistry 117 is a limited enrollment, Honors-level general chemistry course designed for first-year students with strong chemistry and math backgrounds. Students may qualify for Chemistry 117 by having a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry examination OR by having 640 SAT Math/28 ACT Math scores and by their performance on a 20-question qualifying exam administered by the instructor. Interested students may contact Professor Jeff Petersen at jpeterse@wvu.edu for more information about the Chemistry 117 course content and about when and where the qualifying exam will be given.




Important Notes: After submitting your WVU ID below, the Gold Results Box will display the highest math course you have placed into. This is based on your ACT, SAT and ALEKS scores. The results displayed below are for Summer 2019 scheduling.





ALEKS scores are different from exam grades. Math 126 (College Algebra) requires a minimum ALEKS score of 45. Math 122 (Quantitative Skills and Reasoning) requires a minimum ALEKS score of 30. Math 122 is a two-credit preparatory course for College Algebra (Math 126) and *does not* fulfill the WVU general education math requirement.


Note:You will not be permitted to take a math or chemistry course that is above your readiness level, even if you are only one point away. If you want to place into a higher-level course, you may use ALEKS learning modules to improve your skills and retake the assessment. You must qualify for a class before scheduling it. At the beginning of the semester, students who do not meet criteria for a class are removed from the roll.

 



WVU Course

For additional information on math courses see https://math.wvu.edu/courses-view

Old SAT Math

New SAT Math

ACT Math

ALEKS

Placement by Pre-requisite Course

Math 121

Intro Concepts of Mathematics

There are no prerequisites or placement scores required to register for MATH 121 Intro Concepts of Mathematics. This course does not satisfy the prerequisite for any other math course and is restricted to students that do not need Math 122 or above.

Math 122

Quantitative Skills and Reasoning

NA

NA

NA

NA

Math 122 (Quantitative Skills and Reasoning) is a two-credit preparatory course for College Algebra (Math 126) and *does not* fulfill the WVU general education math requirement.

Math 124- Algebra with Applications

510 - 580

540 - 600

22 - 25

45 - 64

C- or higher in MATH 122

Math 126 - College Algebra (5 Day Needs Departmental Approval

470 - 500

510 - 530

19 - 21

30 - 44

N/A

Math 126- College Algebra

510 - 580

540 - 600

22 - 25

45 - 64

C- or higher in MATH 122

Math 128

Plane Trigonometry

NA

NA

NA

NA

Math 124, 126, with a C- or higher

Math 150

Applied Calculus

590 or >

610 or >

26 or >

65 or >

MATH 124, 126 or 129 with a C- or higher

Math 153

Calculus 1a with Precalculus

590 - 630

610 - 650

26 - 27

65 - 74

[MATH 126 and MATH 128] with a C- or higher in both; or MATH 129 with a C- or higher

Math 155

Calculus 1

640 or >

660 or >

28 or >

75 or >

N/A

Chemistry110A

Introduction to Chemistry A

510

540

22

45 or >

MATH 124/126 or above with a C- or higher

Chemistry110B

Introduction to Chemistry B

NA

NA

NA

NA

CHEM 110A with a grade of C- or higher.. Students must register for CHEM 110A and CHEM 110B in the same term.

Chemistry 111

Survey of Chemistry

510

540

22

45 or >

MATH 124/126 or above with a C- or higher

Chemistry 112

Survey of Chemistry

NA

NA

NA

NA

CHEM 111

Chemistry 115

Fundamentals of Chemistry

600

610

26

65 or >

CHEM 110B with a C- or higher, or MATH 129/150/153 grade of C- or higher

Chemistry 116

Fundamentals of Chemistry

NA

NA

NA

NA

CHEM 115

Chemistry 117 -
Principles of Chemistry

Chemistry 117 is a limited enrollment, Honors-level general chemistry course designed for first-year students with strong chemistry and math backgrounds. Students may qualify for Chemistry 117 by meeting the requirements for Chemistry 115 and declaring a major in Chemistry, having a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry examination, OR by having 640 SAT Math/28 ACT Math scores and an appropriate background in Chemistry. Interested students may contact Professor Betsy Ratcliff at betsy.ratcliff@mail.wvu.edu for more information about the Chemistry 117 course content and their level of preparation for the course. Completion of CHEM 117 and 118 in place of CHEM 115 and 116 also provides credit for CHEM 215.




Important Notes: After submitting your WVU ID below, the Gold Results Box will display the highest math course you have placed into. This is based on your ACT, SAT and ALEKS scores. The results displayed below are for Fall 2019 scheduling.



Frequently Asked ALEKS Questions



During their time at WVU, students have a maximum of one practice ALEKS, and two proctored ALEKS attempts.

Upon admission to West Virginia University, every student has one practice ALEKS assessment and two proctored attempts. Completion of the first assessment opens learning modules tailored to each student. Students may work in the ALEKS learning modules to enhance their math skills before they retest.

You must wait a minimum of 24 hours between attempts one and two.

You must complete a minimum of 8 hours in the Prep and Learning Modules between attempts two and three.

Note: Once you take a math class you are no longer eligible to take the Aleks placement assessment.



You should allow 2 hours of uninterrupted time to complete the assessment. The actual time and number of questions will vary depending on the student. You must enter an answer for every question or click on "I don't know" until you reach the end of the assessment.

Most students complete ALEKS in ~90 minutes.



You can see the math required for your major by visiting the University Catalog.

Check DegreeWorks for the curriculum plan for your desired major(s). You can access DegreeWorks through the WVU Student Portal (see information at http://registrar.wvu.edu/dw). Four-year curriculum plans for majors requiring Calculus (Math 154 or Math 155) usually recommend Calculus the first semester of freshman year.

If you do not place into the desired math course for your major by ACT/SAT, and especially if you have had math courses since taking ACT/SAT, you may take ALEKs to demonstrate current competency and avoid placing lower than you need to.

Students in majors that do not require College Algebra or Calculus may complete their WVU math requirement with MATH 121 or STAT 111. There are no prerequisites or placement scores required to register for MATH 121 or STAT 111. These courses *do* fulfill the general education math requirement (Math 122 does *not* fulfill the general education math requirement).



To take the practice ALEKS from home, log in to https://ecampus.wvu.edu You will need your WVU Login username and password.



You must wait a minimum of 24 hours between attempts one and two.

You must complete a minimum of 8 hours in the Prep and Learning Modules between attempts two and three.

Students who spend at least 15 hours in a learning module show the most improvement in their scores.

The ALEKS assessment is highly reliable and scores do not normally change without review and practice between assessments.



When you reach the end of the questions, and submit your assessment, you will see a score and a pie chart. You may print a copy of your results for your records. Your "Placement Result" (overall score) will range from 0 to 100. The system also displays subscores in different math topic areas to let you know your success in each area. It is the "Placement Result" score that is used for placement purposes.

To see where you placed, click here and you will be taken to the first quick link at the top of this page.

Check Placement Results

It may take up to 1 hour for your scores to show in the university systems.



The ALEKS Prep and Learning Modules provide a personalized tutorial based on the types of problems you answered correctly and incorrectly on your previous assessment. Therefore, the learning modules are available only after you have taken ALEKS the first time. To access the Learning Modules, simply log back into https://portal.wvu.edu, using your WVU Login username and password and go to eCampus. Go into Aleks through eCampus just as if you are taking a test. On the page where you would click to start the test you will see the prep and learning modules link. .

Once you begin a the Prep and Learning Modules you will have access to it for six months.
As you answer questions you will see your MyPie fill up, and ALEKS may reassess you from time to time to ensure you have retained the topic information, but this does not count as one of your four total attempts.



If you are having problems logging in to the WVU portal, contact ITS help line at 304-293-4444 or email ITSHelp@mail.wvu.edu. They can troubleshoot portal sign-in issues by phone. You will need your student ID number when you call.

If you need help with ALEKS itself, contact ALEKS support:

Hours (Eastern Time):

Sunday, 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM

Monday - Thursday, 7:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Friday, 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Phone: (714) 619-7090

Fax: (714) 245-7190

Email: contact ALEKS at https://www.aleks.com/support/form



If you are a person with a disability and anticipate needing any type of accommodation in order to take the ALEKS assessment on campus, please make appropriate arrangements with the Office of Accessibility Services (304-293-6700). We strongly encourage you to take ALEKS at least two weeks before coming to campus, and if you need to take the assessment in a proctored environment, to let the Office of Accessibility Services know a week in advance, so that they can coordinate the proper accommodations you will need.

For additional questions contact the WVU Office of Accessibility Services -- telephone: 304-293-6700 or email: Access2@mail.wvu.edu.



ALEKS scores are valid for one year from the date the assessment is taken. Students who earn the appropriate score need to enroll in a math course during this one-year time frame. If you do not pass the course within one year, your placement will default to your SAT/ACT placement.



The WVU ALEKS math assessment covers:

  • real numbers (including fractions, integers, and percentages)
  • equations and inequalities (including linear equations, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations, and quadratic equations),
  • linear and quadratic functions (including graphs and functions, linear functions, and parabolas), exponents and polynomials (including integer exponents, polynomial arithmetic, factoring, and polynomial equations), rational expressions (including rational equations and rational functions
  • radical expressions (including higher roots and rational exponents)
  • exponentials and logarithms (including function compositions and inverse functions, properties of logarithms, and logarithmic equations)
  • geometry and trigonometry (including perimeter, area, and volume, coordinate geometry, trigonometric functions, and identities and equations)



You may not use your own calculator. ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator If you are permitted to use one on a particular problem.



No, you must complete a new placement assessment to change your placement result.



If you place higher than the course required for your major,, you can take a lower level course. Please note that once you successfully complete a WVU Math course, you may not receive credit for a lower level or prerequisite math course without special permission from the Math Department.