New Student Checklist
All new students — with a few exceptions — must take the math and English placement assessments to ensure that they’re placed in courses appropriate to their skill level. Check the links below for more information.
ALEKS math placement exam
Complete the math placement exam at least two weeks before orientation if you are not transferring in college-level math.
Writing placement exam
You can take the writing placement exam online before orientation or on paper at your summer Alive! session. The Writing Placement exam is not offered during Spring Alive! or Transfer Alive! programs.
If you take the exam at your summer Alive! session:
- Check your Alive! session schedule for the exam start time. Be sure to arrive before thestart time.
- Bring photo ID.
- Bring two pens (either black or blue).
Foreign language placement
If you plan to enroll in a foreign language course, you will need to take the WebCAPE placement exam before your Alive! orientation. (Exemptions may apply.)
Placement exam exemptions
If you have already met the English composition and mathematics requirements, you don’t need to take the placement exams. There are several ways to do this; see below for full information.
Foreign language placement: If you have transfer credit or AP credit in the language, you do not need to take the placement exam.
Send important documents
WSU students are required to provide documentation of 2 doses of MMR immunization or immunity to measles. Students must submit proof of measles immunity in order to register for classes. Find details regarding the immunization requirement, including information about how to get immunized if you have not yet done so.
Make sure that schools and testing agencies are sending official transcripts and test scores to the WSU Office of Admissions.