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
You will need your official W&J student username and password to login to the Course 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
Log into W&J Sakai to access the mathematics placement assessment (you will enter your username and password at the top of the page). Follow these steps:
- Click on the "Math Placement" tab on the top of your Sakai page
- 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.
The Math Placement is available again. Please click the button below to begin.
Students must complete a language requirement of one year at the introductory level (105 and 106; 106 and 207), or one term at the intermediate level (207). There are three ways to fulfill the language requirement if you continue with your language of study.
- Students whose ability indicates placement in 105 will take 105 and 106. * Students who place in 106 will take 106 and 207.
- Students who place in 207 will take 207 only.
- Students can receive advanced placement (208 or above) only through direct consultation with the language program director or chair of languages.
- NOTE: Courses that students take below their level of placement will not count towards fulfillment of the language requirement.
Here is a general overview of courses at the 105, 106, and 207 levels.
105: For absolute beginners. This course assumes no knowledge of the language. Emphasis is on fundamentals of grammar, acquisition of vocabulary, listening comprehension, basic oral expression, elementary writing, and short readings on topics pertaining to culture. Taught largely in the target language.
106: For low level elementary learners. This course assumes that students have had some introduction to the language. The course resumes from 105 mid way through an extensive overview of grammar and continues with acquisition of grammar, listening comprehension, oral expression, elementary writing, and short topics on culture. Also taught largely in the target language.
207: For intermediate level learners. Intensive review with frequent practice in oral expression and listening comprehension; special emphasis on developing reading and writing skills via encounters with authentic texts and videos. Taught primarily in the target language.
You are free and encouraged to start a new language at W&J. Students may start at 105 in any language in which they have no experience. Currently, W&J offers six languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian, and Spanish. Students may also transfer in courses to fulfill the language requirement with pre-approval according to college guidelines.
Language Placement Appeal
When you get your schedule, if you feel that your language requirement placement is too low or too high, you may consult with a professor in your field of study. However, there are minimum placement levels for all languages at W&J. For example, students with significant experience in a language may not take beginning level courses in that language. This policy is to ensure quality of instruction and to guarantee open seats for true beginners. Here are contacts for specific languages we offer.
- French: Dr. Katrine Pflanze
- German: Dr. Michael Shaughnessy
- Spanish: Dr. H.J. Manzari
- Arabic, Chinese, Russian: Dr. Han Ye
- For additional information, contact Modern Languages Chairperson, Dr. Amparo Alpanes
The next step is to go to W&J Gateway when it goes live on May 1. Keep an eye on your email for more information!