Frequently asked questions

WOU/compass mathematics placment test

Click on a question to see the full question text and the answer.

- I already have credit for Math 95

- I already have credit for Math 105

- I can do OK without taking the test, do I need to take it?

- Can a math professor override the test requirement?

- The online registration system won't let me enroll but I am in the prerequisite course

- My question isn't here, what should I do?

See the Mathematics Department Web Page for course prerequisite questions.

Question and Answer

Question:

I have credit for Math 95. Do I have to take the placement test?

Answer:

Math 95 is the prerequisite to Math 105, 111 and 211. If you wish to take one of these courses, you do not have to take the math placement test, however, you must bring documentation showing all of the following to the mathematics department secretary who will assist you with the registration procedures.

- Name of the institution the course was taken at

- Your name and social security number

- Your grade of C- or better in Math 95

Question:

The prerequisite for the course I wish to take is Math 095 or satisfactory placement. I have credit for Math 105 at WOU. Do I have to take the placement test?

Answer:

IF YOU HAVE TAKEN MATH 095

- If you have already taken Math 095 and passed with a grade of C- or better, then you do not need to take the placement test if the prerequisite for your course is Math 095.

- If you have already taken the COMPASS placement test and placed at a level higher than Math 095, then you do not need to retake the placement test if the prerequisite for your course is Math 095.

- If you enrolled in Math 105 at WOU or any other institution without placement test placement in Math 105, then you do need to take the placement test if the prerequisite for your course is Math 095. Please see the mathematics department secretary.

Question:

I have not passed the placement test, but I know that I will do OK in the course that I need. I have spoken to my friends and they tell me that I can succeed in the course that I need without passing the mathematics placement test.

Answer:

The placement test covers prerequisite material that you need to know in advance of enrolling in a mathematics course. If you cannot pass the placement test, then the WOU Mathematics Department does not have evidence that you know the needed prerequisite material. You must take the placement test. Please see the mathematics department secretary.

Question:

The mathematics secretary told me that I needed to take the placement test, can I get a professor to sign me in to the course I need without taking the placement test?

Answer:

The mathematics department secretary is the department expert for the mathematics placement test. If you have spoken to her about the placement test and are required to take the test, all of the mathematics department professors will give you the same answer. None of them will sign you into a course if you have not taken the placement test and placed at the appropriate level. Please go back to the mathematics department secretary.

Question:

I am in a course prerequisite to the next course that I wish to take. The online registration system will not let me enroll in the course that I want for next term. Do I need to take the mathematics placement test?

Answer:

You do not have to take the mathematics placement test, please see the mathematics department secretary for help.

Question:

I do not see my question here, should I contact the professor scheduled to teach the course I wish to take?

Answer:

If your question is not here, please ask the mathematics department secretary for help. If your question needs to be answered by a member of the mathematics department faculty, then she will refer you to the correct faculty member, this is often not the professor scheduled to teach the course. The mathematics department faculty is not available to answer mathematics placement test questions if you have not checked in with and been referred by the mathematics department secretary first.

Contact

Mathematics Department **(503) 838-8465** | or **e-mail:** pricesl@wou.edu