Math Placement Assessment

How are new students assessed for math placement?

Most students, including transfer students, who plan to register for a course at Western that has a mathematics prerequisite must first take the ALEKS Math Placement Assessment (MPA) online. The MPA also serves as a prerequisite for some courses in other departments such as Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Decision Sciences, Economics, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology, Physics and Science Education.

Students must activate their Universal Account in order to access the ALEKS MPA. Because this is an online assessment, students will need access to a computer and high speed internet connection.

Additional information about math placement and the online ALEKS MPA is available from the Testing Center.


If I have taken the Smarter Balanced Assessment, am I exempt from the Math Placement Assessment (MPA)?

Within one year of high school graduation, students who provide evidence of meeting the college readiness standard on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (Level 3 or higher) may enroll in Math 107 (Mathematical Reasoning and its Applications) without taking the placement test. To receive permission to register for Math 107 without taking the ALEKS MPA students need to bring their Smarter Balanced Mathematics Assessment Results Family Report, provided by the State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, to the Math Department. The ALEKS MPA is required for placement into any higher level math course or if more than one year has passed since high school graduation.