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How To Raise Your Math Placement Score

The math placement test deals with algebraic manipulation skills needed for minimal algebra, statistics and pre-calculus classes. Through the review of high school algebra and other topics, the students can raise their math placement level for required or desired M and Q classes. A student's choice of major will determine how much review needs completed and what final math placement level is needed for their major completion.

Raising the math placement score is done by working on ALEKS, an online learning program. The ALEKS program is used to raise the math placement score to a "2", "3" or "4" (depending on your major). The ALEKS activation code can be purchased at the bookstore or online. Once the ALEKS activation code has been purchased, visit the Math Workshop and we will walk you through the initial set-up of ALEKS and get your started on the initial assessment. If you want to purchase the activation code online at the Workshop, we can definitely help you with this also. The initial set-up and assessment typically is done in the Math Workshop, and typically takes 1 to 1.25 hours during this visit. The final assessment is also typically done in the Math Workshop once you have mastered 100% of the topics. All other work on ALEKS can be done from any computer with internet capabilities both on or off campus. This process can also be done during the summer, even if you are not local to the Wittenberg campus. We can help you set up the program over the phone so please give us a call during the summer business hours and we can get you set up! Please have a credit card handy and a computer with Internet access available for when you call.

Raising your placement score to a "4" via ALEKS takes quite a bit of time. Students who need to raise their score to a "4" have two options: work on ALEKS as described above, or take MATH 120Q Elementary Functions (Pre-Calculus).

If you have any questions about your math placement score or how to raise your score, please contact the Director of the Math Workshop, Obed Lewis, at

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