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Mathematics Placement Exam

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Take the Math Placement Exam

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Mathematics Placement Information

The math placement exam is provided for those students who plan to take a math course numbered 117 or higher sometime during their years at WLC. The exam must be taken prior to enrollment in the WLC math course.

The WLC math placement exam is used together with your educational background information and ACT/SAT scores to determine the highest-numbered course you may take as your first math course at WLC. The actual exam you take — there are several exams — is determined by how much math you have already completed. Your exam will have a time limit of 20, 40, 60, or 75 minutes. Details on what to expect are available on the introductory screen when you click the link above.

To take the math placement exam, all you need is a computer with internet access and your seven-digit Warrior ID# to log in. The exam is available year-round, 24 hours a day. When you have completed the math placement exam, there is no need to inform us. For new students who take the exam during the summer, your resulting math placement will be available when you arrive on campus for orientation.

If you encounter computer problems while taking the math placement exam, please contact the WLC IT Help Desk at (414) 443-8911.

To discuss concerns about your math placement, email Dr. Friske at mfriske@wlc.edu.

Mathematics Placement FAQ

Who needs to take the math placement exam?

Q: I'm a new student and I'm not taking any math during my first semester. Do I still have to take the math placement exam?
A: No, but if you will be taking a math course numbered 117 or higher eventually, it is advisable to take the math placement exam now and get it done.

Q: I'm preregistered and have already selected courses for the fall semester. Do I still have to take the math placement exam?
A: If you plan to take a math course numbered 117 or higher, yes.

Q: I'm only going to take MAT 116. Do I have to take the math placement exam?
A: No, but if you later need to take another math course (as required for your major, for example), you will need to take the math placement exam before you can enroll in that course.

Q: I took AP calculus in high school and got a 4 (or 5) on the AP exam, and I don't need any more math for my degree. Do I have to take the math placement exam?
A: No.

Q: I took AP calculus in high school and got a 4 (or 5) on the AP exam, and I want to take more math at WLC. Do I have to take the math placement exam?
A: Yes. Even though you will receive college credit for your AP course, we still need to determine which first math course you are ready to take.

Q: I'm transferring to WLC from another college and I have no math credits transferring to WLC. Do I have to take the math placement exam?
A: If you need to take a math course numbered 117 or higher, yes. Otherwise, no.

Q: I'm transferring to WLC from another college where I already took a math course that fulfills my WLC degree requirements. Do I have to take the math placement exam?
A: No, but to be sure, ask the registrar.

Q: I'm transferring to WLC from another college where I already took a math course and I want to take more math at WLC. Do I have to take the math placement exam?
A: It depends on whether you have met the prerequisite for the WLC math course. If so, you do not need to take the math placement exam. Otherwise, you do need to take it.

Computer problems taking the math placement exam

Q: I was taking the math placement exam and my network connection was lost. Now it won't let me log in. What can I do?
A: Call the WLC Technology Help Desk at (414) 443-8911. They will unlock your record so you can log in. You will be able to continue the exam where you left off. The system remembers how much time you have left.

Q: The time limit for the exam expired and it stopped. Is there any way I can finish the rest of the exam?
A: No. The math placement exam must be completed within a fixed time limit.

Q: I did the first half of the math placement exam before dinner. Then I logged off. When I came back to do the second half, it wouldn't let me log in. Why?
A: The math placement exam must be completed in one sitting within its time limit. Then your record is locked. Call the WLC Technology Help Desk at (414) 443-8911. They will unlock your record so you can log in. Then you will be able to continue the exam where you left off. The system remembers how much time you have left.

Q: I clicked on the link for the math placement exam and got an error message saying that my computer cannot connect with the server. What should I do?
A: Call the WLC Technology Help Desk at (414) 443-8911. They will try to resolve the problem and inform you when it is fixed. Most likely the server is down because of a power outage.