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Mathematics Department
316 Kingston Hall
Cheney, WA 99004
phone: 509.359.4315
fax: 509.359.4700

Math Placement for Freshmen

Math Placement for Freshmen - Academic Year 2019-20

Congratulations on your admission to Eastern Washington University! This page describes which new EWU students need to take the math placement assessment and includes instructions on how to sign up for the math placement assessment. Please read this carefully to make your registration as easy as possible.

Do I Qualify for a Math Placement Assessment Exemption? New students at EWU are strongly encouraged to take the math placement assessment. It is the most accurate way to make sure you take classes appropriate for your abilities. However, students who meet at least one of the following criteria may opt out of the assessment:

  • A College Level Math Course. A student's official transcript indicates a minimum grade of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, or C or higher, in a math course equivalent to a EWU math course taken at  a post-secondary institution. Refer to the Transfer Guide for more information;
  • 3 or Better on AP Calculus or AP Statistics Test. A student has officially reported to EWU a minimum score of 3 on the College Board Advanced Placement Test for AB or BC Calculus and/or Statistics. Visit the Transfer Credit page for more information;
  • CLEP Scores in Math. A student has officially reported to EWU a qualifying CLEP Math Course score. Visit the Transfer Credit page for more information;
  • Register for MTHD 103. A student plans to enroll in MTHD 103, Basic Algebra for College Students.

Students who believe they have an exemption from the math placement assessment should discuss this with their advisor during orientation.

Math Placement without an Exemption  A student will work with their academic advisor to identify the correct math course to take.  To determine the course that matches the student's skill level, a math placement assessment using online software, ALEKS, will be administered.

Pay for the Math Placement Assessment on or after April 8, 2019 Note: Payment for the math placement assessment must be made no earlier than April 8, 2019, to be valid for summer placement sessions. Pay the $40 Math Placement Testing Fee by following the instructions below:

  1. Login in to myEWU Portal with your EWU Single Sign On (SSO). If you have not done so already, you can obtain your SSO login here.
  2. Click on "Students" at the top of the page
  3. In the box "Student Financial Services," click the link "Make a Payment"
  4. Click on the "Pay Bill or Optional Charges" link at the top of the page
  5. Select "Testing fees"
  6. Add "Math Placement Testing Fee" to the shopping cart
  7. Pay the fee with a debit or credit card
  8. Return to this page and log into ALEKS using the link at the bottom of this page.
  9. Log in with your EWU SSO.
  10. Take the proctored assessment. The assessment is taken at EWU during one of the scheduled times. You do not need to register for the time, just bring a picture identification to the assessment. See below for more details.

Prepare for a proctored assessment test Step 1:  Complete a thirty problem online "practice test".  ALEKS will give you an initial skills assessment. This is a practice placement assessment and can be done wherever you have a computer and an internet connection.  Complete the practice assessment without a calculator or any other assistance solving the problems. Step 2:  Based on the results of your initial assessment, you will be assigned a learning module. You must work a minimum of three hours within the module solving more problems before you can take the proctored assessment. (Time spent on the initial assessment does not count toward the three hours minimum.)

Take the Proctored Assessment Once you have spent the required time in the Prep and Learning Module (a minimum of three hours is required although more is strongly encouraged), you can take the proctored assessment for placement into a math course. Currently, EWU has proctored assessments on Cheney campus only in Monroe Hall during any scheduled time. A link to the schedule of proctored assessment dates appears below. Check here for all available placement dates at EWU. All seating is on a first come, first served basis. We recommend you arrive at least thirty minutes early for check-in procedures. Sessions may fill quickly. Please come to the earliest assessment time possible to ensure that you complete the assessment before you register for classes. A picture identification card is required for assessment at EWU. You may repeat the proctored assessment once for a total of two proctored assessments.  EWU will accept the highest score you achieve.  To be eligible to retest you need to complete an additional ten hours of practice work.

Log into my ALEKS account

All practice assessments and proctored assessments must be completed on or before September 26, 2019. If you have not completed your assessments by this date, you will need to pay for a new placement package and repeat the entire process.

If you have any questions not answered in the FAQ, please contact:
Director of Math Placement Assessment, Elizabeth Nehring, 509.359.2281 or

Disability Accommodation Requests To request accommodations for the proctored assessment in Cheney, please call Disability Support Services at 509.359.6871 to pre-arrange the accommodations.

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