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Math Placement FAQ

1.  Can I challenge my math placement?
2.  Can WSU use my placement score from another school?
3.  I don't live near a WSU testing center. What now?
4.  What are the QL (Quantitative Literacy) math courses?
5.  Math prerequisites expire?!
6.  What can I do if my prerequisites are expired?
7.  Are there other ways to earn QL?
8.  How do I know which QL math course to take?
9.  I have a Level 6 math placement - can I take any math I want?
10.  I keep getting a "Prerequisite/Test Score Error" when registering. Why?
11.  I still have questions!


CAN I CHALLENGE MY MATH PLACEMENT?

I don't like my math placement listed on my admission letter and I know I can do better. What can I do to challenge my placement?

Official Weber State University Assessment and Placement Standards Policy as of April 18, 2017

There are two math placement exams available in the WSU Testing Centers:

1. ACCUPLACER - ACCUPLACER is a system of computer-adaptive assessments designed to evaluate students’ skills in mathematics. Walk-in exam - no advance registration needed. May take twice in 12 month period.

Students may use ACCUPLACER to test into the following math courses:

  • CLM score of 20-49: MATH 1030 (QL) or MATH 1040 (QL) or MATH 2010
  • CLM score of 50-69: MATH 1050 (QL) or MATH 1060 or MATH 1080 (QL)
  • CLM score of 90-120: MATH 1210

Students may also test OUT of QL for general education with a College Level Math score of 70-120. This score may be used for courses that have MATH 1050 as a prerequisite. (Please see the individual departments for such courses.)

(Students may NOT use an ACCUPLACER score to test into Devlopmental Math courses MATH 1010 or below. If you doubt your current skills use ALEKS instead.)

 

2. ALEKSAssessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces. ALEKS uses adaptive questioning to determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn.  Purchase of the ALEKS PPL software provides 5 test attempts. For each attempt, you can choose to have it proctored or use it as a diagnostic/practice test. Access to your software expires 6 months after your first test. 

Students may use ALEKS to test into the following math courses:

  • Score of 0-13: MATH 0950 Developmental Math
  • Score of 14-29: MATH 0970 or 0990 Developmental Math
  • Score of 30-45: MATH 1010 Developmental Math
  • Score of 46 or higher: MATH 1030 (QL) or MATH 1040 (QL) or MATH 2010
  • Score of 55 or higher: MATH 1050 (QL) or MATH 1060 or MATH 1080 (QL)
  • Score of 78 or higher: MATH 1210

Students may also test OUT of QL for general education with an ALEKS score of 65 or higher. This score may be used for courses that have MATH 1050 as a prerequisite. (Please see the individual departments for such courses.)

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CAN WSU USE MY PLACEMENT SCORE FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL?

I took the ACCUPLACER at my old school shouldn't I be able to use that score?

All math placement proctored exams (ACCUPLACER or ALEKS) are required to be taken through Weber State University's Testing Center.

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I DON'T LIVE NEAR A WSU TESTING CENTER. WHAT NOW?

The WSU Testing Center can accommodate you! Sign up for the Distance Testing ACCUPLACER or ALEKS. Please read the instructions on qualifying for distance testing.

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WHAT ARE THE QL (QUANTITATIVE LITERACY) MATH COURSES?

There are multiple math courses that will satisfy your QL. To find the best course for you please consult with your major Academic Advisor.

Math prerequisites expire after two (2) years. QL earned will never expire.

1. MATH 1030 (QL) Contemporary Math - 3 credit hours

2. MATH 1040 (QL) Introduction to Statistics - 3 credit hours

3. MATH 1050 (QL) College Algebra - 4 credit hours

4. MATH 1080 (QL) Precalculus - 5 credit hours

  • Prerequisite: [MATH 1010] or [ACCUPLACER CLM score of 50-69] or [ALEKS score of 55-100] or [ACT Math score of 23 or higher] or [Level 5 Math Placement on CatTracks].

5. MATH 2020 (QL) Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II - 3 credit hours

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MATH PREREQUISITES EXPIRE?!

Math prerequisites expire after two (2) years. Math credit will never expire but using that class (MATH 0970, 1010, 1050, 1060, 1080...) as a prerequisite will. Because math skills degrade without consistent exercise you may not be prepared for your next math class. 

Don't worry! We have solutions to help you be successful!

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WHAT CAN I DO IF MY PREREQS ARE EXPIRED?

We're glad you asked! Some students think they have to retake all their prereq courses but we have an easier and cheaper solution for you.

  • The week before Fall and Spring classes start we offer a Math Prep workshop. You can temporarily renew your math prerequisites by attending a math prep workshop. A small investment of your time and you will be more prepared for your next math class.
  • You may also choose to take a math placement exam - ACCUPLACER or ALEKS.
  • If it's been a while since you've used math you may retake prerequisite math courses to insure a good mathematical foundation for your QL math course.

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ARE THERE OTHER WAYS TO EARN QL?

  1. Earn a C or better in any math department course for which either MATH 1050 or 1080 is a prerequisite. 
  2. Score a 3 or higher on an AP Calculus exam (AB or BC).
  3. Score a 3 or higher on an AP Statistics exam.
  4. Score a 70 or higher on ACCUPLACER College Level Math (CLM).
  5. Score a 65 or higher on ALEKS.
  6. Score a 26 or higher on the Math ACT.
  7. Score a 50 or higher on the CLEP College Algebra or Calculus exam.

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HOW DO I KNOW WHICH QL MATH COURSE TO TAKE?

There are a couple of ways to find out which math course you should take.

  1. CatTracks is a great degree evaluation tool. Look through your major course requirements for any listed math courses. If none are listed you can click on the hyperlinked courses and check for any math prerequisites.
  2. Your Academic Advisor is a great resource and you should be meeting with one at least once a year. If no math courses are listed and you're still unsure which course to take contact your advisor.
  3. GRAD Maps is a new tool for students for a semester by semester guide to plan your courses.

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I HAVE A LEVEL 6 MATH PLACEMENT - CAN I TAKE ANY MATH I WANT?

Doesn't a Level 6 math placement allow me to take any math I want?

Well, not really...

Level 6 means you've met your QL either with a QL math course, a placement exam, an earned degree from another school, or your ACT math score of 26 or higher.

You will still need to meet the prerequisite requirements for specific math courses such as MATH 1050 or above.

Click here to go back to the QL courses and their prerequisites.

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I KEEP GETTING A "PREREQ/TEST SCORE ERROR" WHEN REGISTERING. WHY?

If you're trying to register for a math class and you see the "Prerequisite/Test Score Error" you might have one of the following situations:

  • ACT math or math placement score expired. Math prerequisites are valid for two (2) years. To check you can go to your Academic Profile app in the eWeber portal and see if they're expired. (Click on Prior Education and Testing under your photo.) Solution: take a math placement exam or register for the math prep course and contact the math department admin at math@weber.edu for an override if necessary.
  • You don't have a grade C or better in the prerequisite course. Solution: re-take the prerequisite math course and earn a C or better. Free tutoring is available.
  • Your prerequisite course that you took at another school has not posted to your student account yet. Solution: contact the math department admin at math@weber.edu and be prepared with proof of your course and grade.
  • You're currently taking the prerequisite course at another school. Solution: email math@weber.edu with proof that you're enrolled in the prerequisite course. Course schedule or unofficial transcript will be fine. Always include your W# in the email.
  • Your transfer math course is not an equivalent to a WSU math course and is listed as MATH 1XXX in the elective block in CatTracks. Solution: Unfortunately, there's not a quick fix to this since your transfer course is not an equivalent but if you're still concerned email the math department admin at math@weber.edu.
  • Questions on all non-math courses and their prerequisites need to be addressed to the department where the course is taught.

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I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS!

We're here to help you graduate!

MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT (MATH 1030 and above): You can email the Math Department for questions on QL, math placement, free math tutoring, or just some advice at math@weber.edu. Our office is located in Tracy Hall Science Center in 381.

DEVELOPMENTAL MATH PROGRAM (MATH 1010 and below): For help with navigating math placement, different types of Dev Math courses, or help with tutoring email devmath@weber.edu. The advisor's office is in Lampros Hall in 104.

STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER: The Student Success Center at Weber State University provides academic advisement for students earning an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree in General Studies. studentsuccess@weber.edu SSC office located in Student Services in 140.

FIND MY ADVISOR: To find your academic advisor, click on the appropriate college link to find and save contact information for your respective major advisors.

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Department of Mathematics
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Room 381, Mail Code 2517

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