Placement Incoming Students

Math and Chemistry Placement for Incoming Students

Do I need to register for ALEKS?

No registration is required for the ALEKS assessment.

Can I take an ALEKS practice test?

All students may take an ALEKS practice attempt at home prior to taking their first proctored assessment. This will place you in the proper Prep and Learning Modules. You may work in these modules to brush up and improve your math skills before you take the proctored assessment on campus. Use only aids within the test. No outside calculators, websites or other assistance should be used so that you are placed into the proper learning module.

Note: Practice ALEKS tests will not be used for course placement.

Take practice ALEKS from home.


Requirements for course placement

All students are required to take ALEKS in a proctored setting on campus at WVU to obtain a valid score for placement.
To take ALEKS on campus, you will need your WVU student ID; your WVU Login username and password; and a pencil or pen to work problems. Paper will be provided. Calculators are provided on-screen within ALEKS, and you are not allowed access to any additional calculators, websites, or other unapproved aids when completing the assessment.

All students will need to take ALEKS to register for Math 122 or higher if any of the following apply:

  • You do not have ACT/SAT math scores OR
  • Your ACT/SAT/new SAT math scores are below 19/460/500 OR
  • Your transfer credits do not qualify as the prerequisite for required math, statistics or [chemistry] course OR
  • You wish to challenge your ACT/SAT math placement

Incoming Students Math and Chemistry Placement Chart


College credit for AP, and IB exams.

WVU offers college credit for satisfactory scores on Advanced Placement Program (AP), and International Baccalaureate Program (IB) exams.

For more information, including AP and equivalency charts, click here.

A list of WVU math requirements by major is available here


Frequently Asked ALEKS Questions.

ALEKS may be taken more than once, with opportunity between times to take advantage of the ALEKS Improve Your Knowledge Prep and Learning Modules. A significant percentage of students who take advantage of the ALEKS Learning Modules improve their scores to move up by one or more course levels. There is more information in another FAQ below on how remediation and retesting works.

You must wait a minimum of 24 hours and complete a minimum of 8 hours in the Prep and Learning Modules between ALEKS attempts.

Students with 19 ACT Math, or 460 SAT Math or 500 new SAT Math scores or higher may choose to take ALEKS to place higher than they do by ACT/SAT. You may well have taken ACT/SAT before completing your high school math coursework. Brushing up on weak spots via ALEKS before attending New Student Orientation may help increase your placement score, which can mean saving money and time, taking fewer math classes, and finishing college sooner.

You should allow 2 hours of uninterrupted time to complete the assessment. The actual time and number of questions will vary depending on the student. You must enter an answer for every question or click on "I don't know" until you reach the end of the assessment.

Most students complete ALEKS in ~90 minutes.

A list of WVU math requirements by major is available here:

Check DegreeWorks for the curriculum plan for your desired major(s). You can access DegreeWorks through the WVU Student Portal (see information at Four-year curriculum plans for majors requiring Calculus (Math 154 or Math 155) usually recommend Calculus the first semester of freshman year.

If you do not place into the desired math course for your major by ACT/SAT, and especially if you have had math courses since taking ACT/SAT, we very much encourage your taking ALEKS to demonstrate current competency and avoid placing lower than you need to. Brushing up on weak spots via the Your Knowledge and Prep Learning Modules may help increase your placement score, which can mean saving money and time, taking fewer math classes, and finishing college sooner. A significant percentage of students who review using the ALEKS learning modules improve their scores to move up by one or more course levels.

Students in majors that do not require College Algebra or Calculus may complete their WVU math requirement with MATH 121 or STAT 111. There are no prerequisites or placement scores required to register for MATH 121 or STAT 111. These courses *do* fulfill the general education math requirement (Math 122 does *not* fulfill the general education math requirement).

All students with below 22 ACT Math/570 SAT Math, or without ACT/SAT scores, who have not successfully completed a pre-requisite course, are required to take the ALEKS Math Assessment if they are interested in a major that requires College Algebra or a higher level course.

For students beginning WVU classes in Summer or Fall semesters, access to ALEKS opens March 1. For students beginning classes in Spring term, access to ALEKS opens October 1.

Students that need to or want to take the Aleks assessment should plan on taking it the night before their new student orientation. To register for new student orientation and the Aleks placement assessment, please click here:

ALEKS learning modules are available for a maximum of six months from the day you first enter them. You have six months of access within a Prep and Learning Module from the time you start using it or until your Aleks subscription expires.

To take the practice ALEKS from home, log in to You will need your WVU Login username and password.


There is no charge for ALEKS if you are an incoming WVU student. Your no-cost access is valid for six months.

During their time at WVU, students have a maximum of one practice ALEKS, and two proctored ALEKS attempts.

Upon admission to West Virginia University, every student has one practice ALEKS assessment and two proctored attempts. Completion of the first assessment opens learning modules tailored to each student. Students may work in the ALEKS learning modules to enhance their math skills before they retest.

Bootcamp is available to students who have exhausted their two proctored ALEKS attempts and do not yet qualify for any math class via ALEKS or ACT/SAT or pre-requisite math course. In Bootcamp, students work through their ALEKS learning modules in an intensive, instructor-led compressed time frame. After completion of Bootcamp, students will have access to two more final proctored attempts.

You must wait a minimum of 24 hours and complete a minimum of 8 hours in the Prep and Learning Module between all ALEKS attempts.

Students who spend at least 15 hours in a learning module show the most improvement in their scores. The ALEKS assessment is highly reliable and scores do not normally change without review and practice between assessments.

When you reach the end of the questions, and submit your assessment, you will see a score and a pie chart. You may print a copy of your results for your records. Your "Placement Result" (overall score) will range from 0 to 100. The system also displays subscores in different math topic areas to let you know your success in each area. It is the "Placement Result" score that is used for placement purposes.
To see where you placed,

Check ALEKS and QRA placement results.

It may take up to 1 hour for your scores to show in the university systems.

If you are having problems logging in to the WVU eCampus, contact ITS help line at 304-293-4444 or email They can troubleshoot eCampus sign-in issues by phone. You will need your student ID number when you call.

Please email

If you are a person with a disability and anticipate needing any type of accommodation in order to take the ALEKS assessment on campus, please make appropriate arrangements with the Office of Accessibility Services (304-293-6700). We strongly encourage you to take ALEKS at least two weeks before coming to campus, and if you need to take the assessment in a proctored environment, to let the Office of Accessibility Services know a week in advance, so that they can coordinate the proper accommodations you will need.

For additional questions contact the WVU Office of Accessibility Services -- telephone: 304-293-6700 or email:

ALEKS scores are valid for one year from the date the assessment is taken. Students who earn the appropriate score need to enroll in a math course during this one-year time frame. If you do not pass the course within one year, your placement will default to your SAT/ACT placement. If you do not have SAT/ACT placement, you will be required to attend math bootcamp for placement.

Mathematics placement tests are the most accurate if they are taken soon before enrolling in a mathematics course. Similarly, math courses build on one another, and students who have not taken a mathematics course recently may find that they do not recall all of the material learned previously. Therefore, students whose pre-requisite classes are older than one year are strongly encouraged to take the ALEKS assessment and review their skills before enrolling in a math course.

The WVU ALEKS math assessment covers:

  • real numbers (including fractions, integers, and percentages)
  • equations and inequalities (including linear equations, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations, and quadratic equations),
  • linear and quadratic functions (including graphs and functions, linear functions, and parabolas), exponents and polynomials (including integer exponents, polynomial arithmetic, factoring, and polynomial equations), rational expressions (including rational equations and rational functions
  • radical expressions (including higher roots and rational exponents)
  • exponentials and logarithms (including function compositions and inverse functions, properties of logarithms, and logarithmic equations)
  • geometry and trigonometry (including perimeter, area, and volume, coordinate geometry, trigonometric functions, and identities and equations)

ALEKS will provide an on-screen calculator if you need one to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, you may not use a calculator.

No, you must complete a new placement assessment to change your placement result.

If you place high, you can take a lower level course. Please note that once you successfully complete a WVU Math course, you may not receive credit for a lower level or prerequisite math course without special permission from the Math Department.