Department of Mathematics
West Chester University
Office: Room 101
25 University Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone (610) 436-2440
Fax (610) 738-0578
Email: Department Chair
Every student matriculating at West Chester must take 3 semester hours of Mathematics. College-level mathematics course designated by the student's major department.
The mathematics placement exam was designed by the Mathematics Department to help determine the most appropriate mathematics course into which you will initially be placed. There are vast differences among mathematics courses taught at different high schools and so, this is a way to put all students on the same playing field as to which skills have been mastered and which still need to be developed. Previously, students were placed into their first mathematics course based solely on their Math SAT score. However, because the SAT score did not provide enough information about the level to which different types of mathematical concepts and skills had been mastered, we found that a number of students were being placed into incorrect mathematics courses. The placement exam we are now using is designed to be much more effective in this regard.
You must complete the Mathematics Placement Exam in order to enroll in your first mathematics course at WCU. This is true even if you have AP credit or credit from a different institution. The specific mathematics course you will take will depend on the requirements for your major.
The Mathematics Placement Exam is held online and requires a West Chester University account. You were automatically issued this account upon payment of your admission deposit. You need to initialize your password for this account before it becomes active. If you have not already setup your West Chester University Network account please visit http://wcupa.edu/infoservices/acc/NewStudentAccountInformation.asp or call the IT Help Desk at 610-436-3350 ext. 1.
Once your account is set up, go to the WCU homepage and log-in to D2L (the third of three possible log-in entries in the upper-right corner of the screen). Once you have logged in, a description of the mathematics placement exam will be the first thing you see.