College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Mathematics

WSU Math Placement Information

Mathematics provides the foundation for many of the science, business, and professional courses you will take during your college years. We want you to succeed.

With only a few exceptions, WSU undergraduate students are required to take the WSU Math Placement Assessment (MPA) to determine readiness for various courses.

The WSU Math Placement Assessment is through ALEKS and is a fully automated, adaptive system that covers material from Basic Math through Precalculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning Module is available for you to review and learn material, and to improve placement and eventual course outcomes.

All students are strongly encouraged to spend several hours using the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module. Even if you have achieved placement in your desired course, time spent in ALEKS will better prepare you for your upcoming course and ultimately lead to better grades.


Your results are reported to you immediately after the exam so you know what classes will be available to you during registration for your Alive! orientation session.

Your score will be available to your advisor in approximately one business day.

View the WSU Math Placement scoring table or click here for a pdf verson.

Restrictions If You Do Not Take The Test

You will not be able to register for a WSU math course without either a math placement score, transfer credit for a prerequisite course, or AP Calculus credit. For more information on this topic, click on the Exceptions option in the right sidebar.

Take the Assessment

Please Note:
Math Placement scores are updated Monday through Friday, in the morning. After taking an assessment, your score will be updated in the morning on the next business day. You will be able to register for the class you are qualified for once your score has been updated.
Department of Mathematics, PO Box 643113, Neill 103, Washington State University, Pullman WA 99164-3113 Phone: 509-335-3926 Fax: 509-335-1188 Contact Us