Thank you for choosing to attend W&J College this fall! We are incredibly excited that you are now a part of our campus community. Now that you have made your decision, you will begin the process of getting ready to come to campus for your first semester. The first step in this process is completing your mathematics and language placements. These are both essential for us to pair you with courses that best fit your academic needs and experiences. Please note that the placements are not supported on smartphones. If you have any questions about this process, please contact W&J Gateway at 724-503-1001 ext. 3069 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before You Begin
The Language Placement is available on your W&J Leadership Application and Status Page. Please use your regular log-in (as this page does not use W&J accounts username and password).
The language placement developed by the Language Department, consists of questions regarding your study of foreign languages. The Language Department reviews each response.
Click the button below to take the placement:
Before You Begin
You will need your official W&J student username and password to login to the Math Placements. Don’t have your username and password? Please check your personal email address for a message from your admission counselor with instructions on how to set up your account, or contact the Office of Admission at 724-223-6025.
Our mathematics placement assessment, developed by the Mathematics Department, consists of 30 multiple-choice questions. The Mathematics Department has correlated the scores on this assessment with student success in our various introductory courses. Topics covered include simplifying algebraic expressions, solving equations, and inequalities, and working with functions including trigonometric and exponential functions.
You cannot “flunk” the mathematics placement assessment. The Department uses your score to assess how your high school background has prepared you for success in classes many incoming students take early in their college careers, based on your own command of certain mathematical skills and our expectations of our students in those classes.
We use this placement tool to assess your preparation for a number of our introductory courses, so there is no calculus on this test. PLEASE NOTE: You will have one hour to complete the test; the time will be kept by the online system used to administer it. No calculator is allowed. If you use a calculator or other resource to assist you on the test, you risk inflating your true score and thereby may place yourself into a course for which you are unprepared.
Good Resources for Brushing Up
A frequent comment from students when they take our mathematics placement assessment is that they don’t do as well as they’d like because they spent their senior years taking calculus, and there seems to be no calculus questions on the test. There is no calculus on the test because we are assessing essential skills for success in calculus as well as in our other courses. If you have done well in calculus in high school, then you should know how to solve equations, work with trig functions, simplify radicals, etc.
More frequently, students don’t do as well as they’d like on our mathematics placement assessment because they may be a little rusty. It is in your best interest to review before you take the test. Here are some resources:
- Your high school class notes and exams
- Paul’s Online Math Notes (http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu), particularly the “Extras/Reviews” section on Algebra and Trigonometry
- Tutorials available through the Khan Academy website (khanacademy.org)
- Schaum’s Outline of Precalculus, 3rd edition, by Fred Safier. Available through various merchants for about $20 (new)
There is a short sample exam available to help you get used to the computer system you’ll take the test in.
Math Placement Assessment Instructions
Follow these steps:
- Watch the instructional video above.
- Click the "Tests & Quizzes" tab on the left side of the screen. You’ll see both the sample exam and the actual exam there.
- After you have worked through the sample problems (highly recommended) and you are ready to take the actual mathematics placement assessment, click the link for "Math Placement Exam" under the title "Take an Assessment"
- Follow the onscreen instructions to take and submit the math placement
Upon completion of this assessment, a score will be generated that will determine your math placement. It will be verified by the Mathematics Department prior to when your course schedule is generated. Keep an eye on your W&J email in the coming weeks for more information regarding your course selection process.
Click on "Math Placement" below to access the placement. You will need to log in to W&J Sakai to access the mathematics placement assessment (you will enter your username and password at the top of the page).