Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

Mathematics Placement at WIU

How to Determine Placement:

  1. Find the letter that best describes the sequence of math courses you have taken or are taking from Part I.
  2. Locate and mark the column under that letter on the placement grid in Part II.
  3. Follow the row with the highest math ACT/SAT score across until it intersects with the column you marked in #2.
  4. Circle that box and refer to Part III to find your math placement.
  5. If you have questions about your placement, please contact the Department of Mathematics, Logic, and Philosophy at http://www.wiu.edu/math/

Part I. Category for Highest Level High School Course Completed (grade of 'C' or higher, unless otherwise noted)

A - Algebra I and/or geometry or less
B - Advanced algebra junior year or earlier (no senior math course)
C - Advanced algebra senior year
D - Through advanced algebra with non pre-calculus course senior year (prob/stats, transition, etc.)
E - Pre-calculus junior year or before (no math course or non-calculus math course senior year)
F - Pre-calculus senior year
G - Non-Advanced Placement (AP) calculus with a grade of 'C'
H - AP calculus with a grade of 'C' or non AP calculus with a grade of 'B' or higher
I  - AP calculus with a grade of 'B' or higher

Part II. Placement Grid

Categories for highest level high school course completed

Math ACT
Math SAT
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
0-17 0-450
1
1
1
1
*1
2
*2
*2
*2
18-20 460-500
1
1
*1
*1
*1
*2
3
3
3
21-22 510-530
*1
*1
2
2
3
*3
4
5
5
23-25 540-590
2
3
3
3
*3
*4
5
6
6
26-27 600-640
3
3
3
3
*4
*5
6
6
7
28-36 650-800
3
3
3
3
*5
6
6
7
7

Part III. Explanation of Numbers in Placement Grid

1 - Math 099N
2 - Math 100
3 - Math 100, 101, 102, 123, 128, Stat 171
4 - Math 100, 101, 102, 123, 128, 129, 260, Stat 171
5 - Math 100, 101, 102, 123, 128, 129, 137, 260, Stat 171
6 - Math 100, 101, 102, 123, 128, 129, 133, 137, 260, Stat 171
7 - Math 100, 101, 102, 123, 128, 129, 133, 134, 137, 260, Stat 171

Note: The placement level marked with an * means that the Math Department recommends that you take the Assessment/Placement exam ALEKS at home, before the semester begins.

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