GW Mathematics Placement Test


GW uses the online placement system ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces, in order to place students in appropriate Mathematics and Economics classes. 


This test is mandatory for everyone who wishes to register for Econ 1001, Econ 1011, Math 1051, Math 1220, Math 1231 or Math 1252. 


The minimum ALEKS placement test scores are listed below


·        ECON  1011: Minimum ALEKS test score of 61

·        MATH 1051: Minimum ALEKS test score of 61

·        MATH 1220: Minimum ALEKS test score of 61

·        MATH 1231: Minimum ALEKS test score of 76

·        MATH 1252: Minimum ALEKS test score of 61


Students who are registered for any of these courses for Fall 2020 must receive the minimum score on the ALEKS math placement test prior to August 18, 2020 (11:59pm Eastern Time) or they will be dropped from the course.


The placement test is now available. Students who do not earn the minimum test score must use the remediation modules provided with ALEKS to improve their background knowledge, and then retake the test. ALEKS allows four attempts at the placement test.  All remediation must be completed prior to August 18, 2020 (11:59pm Eastern Time).

To take the ALEKS placement test visit:


No placement test is needed for students intending to take introductory courses such as Mathematical Ideas I, II (Math 1009 or 1010), Mathematics and Politics (Math 1007), or Dean's Seminars (Math 1000).


Note that this math placement test does not assess calculus knowledge, but rather readiness to start mathematics courses at the university. Topics covered on the placement test include algebra and trigonometry.

Further information on taking the placement test

1.     Please do your best on your first attempt at the placement test. If you do not obtain the required score, you will have to study the Prep and Learning Modules presented to you by ALEKS in order to remedy the deficits in your knowledge base. You have a total of four attempts to take this test and obtain the required minimum score for the course you want to take.

2.     After every attempt at the test, before you can retake the test, you must spend a minimum of 3 hours studying the Prep and Learning Modules presented to you by ALEKS.

3.     There is a cool-off period of 24 hours between assessments. This means 24 hours must pass before you can retake the placement test.

4.     You have only 2 hours and 30 minutes for any assessment, so use your time wisely.  If you do not complete the test and “submit” within the allotted time it will not count as a test attempt and record your work. Be sure to watch the clock and complete the assessment within the allotted time.

5.     You must "Submit" your work before you log off or it will not count as a test attempt.

6.     If you do not get the minimum ALEKS Placement Score for the course you have registered for by 11:59 pm on August 18 you will be dropped from the course and will need to find an alternative class.

If you have questions or concerns about your ALEKS placement and how this could affect your course schedule, please contact your academic advisor. Your home school advising office contact information is listed below: 

·        CCAS:

·        ESIA:

·        GWSB:

·        SEAS: [email protected]

·        SPH: [email protected]

For forther information on ALEKS, check this FAQ page link: FAQ

If you experience problems with ALEKS, please contact Professor Murli Gupta at [email protected].