Department of Mathematics and Philosophy

Using High School or Transfer Coursework To Improve Math Placement

By taking the following types of courses in high school or another institution, the student can increase their mathematics placement to category 2 (general education) or higher. The math placement categories are at the bottom of this page.

AP (Advanced Placement) Courses

By taking advanced placement (AP) courses in high school, WIU awards college credit for a score of 3 or higher on the exam.

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Regarding placement:

  • Calculus AB Exam score of 3 or higher places into category 6 (Math 134).

  • Calculus BC Exam score of 3 places into category 6 (Math 134).

  • Calculus BC Exam score of 4 or higher places into Math 231 (beyond category 6).

  • AP Statistics Exam score of 3 or higher places into category 2 (general education).

Transfer Courses (including Dual Credit Courses)

A student earning credit on the WIU transcript via transfer (including dual credit courses) places into the category of that course.

Examples of improving placement via transfer coursework:

  • Stat 171 places the student into category 2

  • Math 128 (College Algebra) places the student into category 3

  • Math 133 (Calculus I) places the student into category 5

Other High School Courses

PreCalculus 

A student who took PreCalculus in high school (C grade each semester) automatically places into category 2. If they have an SAT or ACT score, the student may be able to place higher. This page has additional details.

Transitional Math Courses

A student who take a state-approved Transitional Math course places as follows (as per the PWR Act ).

  • Transition to QuantitativeLiteracy/Statistics places into category 2

  • Transition to STEM places into category 3

Other Outside Credit

Each of these can increase your mathematics placement:

  • Transfer credit from an another institution

  • CLEP scores

  • International Baccalaureate scores

Placement Test

All incoming students (transfer or new freshmen) my take the ALEKS Placement Test prior to beginning WIU coursework.  This placement test can improve the student's math placement, and therefore save the student time and money. More details can be found here.

Math Placement Categories (levels)

Incoming students to WIU will be placed into one of the following categories:

  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, 110, 113, 123, 128, Stat 171

  4. Math 100, 101, 102, 110, 113, 123, 128, 129, 137, 260, Stat 171

  5. Math 100, 101, 102, 110, 113, 123, 128, 129, 133, 137, 260, Stat 171

  6. Math 100, 101, 102, 110, 113, 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.