Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

ALEKS Scores and WIU Math Placement

Upon completion of an assessment test, students will see:

  • A placement score as a percentage and a detailed score for each set of topics tested.
  • The corresponding WIU Math placement level and the cut-off scores for each placement category.
  • Recommendation for a Prep and Learning Module.

ALEKS Cut Scores:

ALEKS Score WIU Math Placement
0-45 Cat 1: Math 100, 110
46-49 Cat 2: Math 100, 101, 102, 110, 123, Stat 171
50-60 Cat 3: Math 100, 101, 102, 110, 113, 123, 128, Stat 171
61-75 Cat 4: Math 100, 101, 102, 110, 113, 123, 128, 129, 137, 260, Stat 171
76-100 Cat 5: Math 100, 101, 102, 110, 113, 123, 128, 129, 133, 137, 260, Stat 171

ALEKS Retakes and Improving on Deficient Areas

The ALEKS test can be retaken up to 3 times. [ learn more... ]

Following each test, a recommendation for a Prep and Learning Module is displayed; the student can choose a single module from a list. We advise that students follow the recommendation.

The selected module contains a report in the form of a color-keyed pie chart. Each "slice" corresponds to a particular area (such as "decimals" or "fractions and proportions"), and may be opened to produce a list of the topics which the student can choose to work on.

WIU Prep and Learning Module Recommendations

To place out of:

  • Category 1 into Category 2, select Prep for Intermediate Algebra or Prep for College Algebra.
  • Category 2 into Category 3, select Prep for College Algebra.
  • Category 3 into Category 4, select Prep for PreCalculus.
  • Category 3 or 4 into Category 5, select Prep for Calculus.

Math Placement Categories (levels)

  1. Math 100 = Prerequisite for General Education
    Math 110* = Prerequisite for General Education, PreCalculus, and Technical Math
  2. Math 100, 101, 102, 110, 123, Stat 171

  3. Math 100, 101, 102, 103, 110, 123, 128, Stat 171

  4. Math 100, 101, 102, 103, 110, 123, 128, 129, 137, 260, Stat 171

  5. Math 100, 101, 102, 103, 110, 123, 128, 129, 133, 137, 260, Stat 171

  6. Math 100, 101, 102, 103, 110, 123, 128, 129, 133, 134, 137, 260, Stat 171

 *For fall 2021, beginning math courses are changing. Math 110 is a new course, which replaces Math 099. Students placed in Math 099, should take Math 110. Additional information on course changes can be found here.