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Math and Chemistry Placement

What is "placement"?    

An integral part of your academic success will be starting in the right courses – taking the correct math course in your freshman year can affect your entire college experience. Placement is the way we decide which courses are best for you. Placement is based on:

What do I need to do?

1. Review the math requirements for your major.

Each major has a specific math requirement, so it is important to know what classes you will need to complete for your desired field of study.

Students with  below 19 ACT (math section only) and 500 SAT (math section only, taken after March 1, 2016) or 460 SAT (math section only, taken prior to March 1, 2016), are  required to take the ALEKS math placement assessment if they are interested in a major that requires College Algebra (Math 126) or a higher level course.

To check the math requirement for your major and see where you currently place, submit the following information:


What was your Math ACT or SAT score?
What year did you take the ACT or SAT?


2. Double check the ACT/SAT math scores we have for you.

To see the your current math placement, based on the ACT/SAT math scores we have on file for you, enter your WVU ID number at the following site. 

Check your scores

If you have updated ACT/SAT scores, please send them to the Office of Admissions, and we will add them to your account:

Office of Admissions
West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6009
Morgantown, WV 26506

3. Take the ALEKS math placement assessment.

If you need to take the math placement assessment, sign up for NSO Overnight:
You will know your score immediately after the assessment concludes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a deadline?

Because you will register for your first semester courses at NSO in June, we recommend that you complete your math placement before this date. This will help your adviser to quickly register you for the correct courses the day of your NSO session.

Is there a cost?

No, it's free!

What should I bring with me?

Make sure you have: 
  • WVU ID number (This can be found on your admissions letter)
  • WVU Login (the username and password you use for the WVU Portal)
  • Photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID, etc.) 
  • A pencil or pen to work on problems
You will not need a calculator because one will be provided on-screen during the assessment.

How long will it take?

Most students complete the assessment in 45-60 minutes, but you will have up to three hours to finish. 

Need a refresher?

You can take the ALEKS math placement practice assessment at home. This will place you into the proper Prep and Learning Modules so you are more prepared before taking the proctored assessment on campus. 

Can I take the test to place higher?

Even if you are not required to do so for your major, you may choose to take the ALEKS math placement assessment to place higher than your placement by ACT/SAT. Please  reference the chart of ACT, SAT and ALEKS placement criteria for math and chemistry courses . We especially encourage your taking ALEKS to demonstrate current competency if you have had math courses since taking ACT/SAT or if you’ve been away from math for a year or longer. The opportunity to review via the ALEKS learning modules may be a means of moving up in placement level, which can mean staying on track for your major, saving money and time, and graduating sooner.

What if I have questions?

Please call 304-293-2264 with any concerns/questions you have about ALEKS math placement assessment. 

Learn about ALEKS math placement assessment

Anything else?

First, relax. ALEKS is an assessment tool, not a test. The difference is that an assessment is designed to determine what you know. At the end of the ALEKS placement assessment, you will have a much better sense of your strengths (and weaknesses) in math. There is really no penalty for incorrectly answering a question because this reflects your level of knowledge and math preparedness. The most important thing is that you take the assessment seriously and give it an honest effort so that the assessment truly reflects your level of knowledge and math preparedness.

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