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Math Bridge Program

Central Washington University Math Bridge Program

Questions? See our FAQ!

What is the Math Bridge Program?

The Bridge Program will provide an opportunity for students to:

  • Reduce time to degree
  • Place out of developmental courses (Math 100A/B/C) saving up to $1500 per course
  • Get into college-level math (Math 101-172) earlier

The program will provide an opportunity to refresh and improve core mathematical competencies by allowing students to work through an accelerated five-week refresher program. The program will run July 23 through August 23. Attendance is mandatory, Monday - Thursday, for three hours each session.

The available locations are:

CWU Ellensburg, Yakima (Eisenhower High School), CWU Lynnwood, and CWU Pierce County

The enrollment and support of the program is free for CWU students.  However, all students are required to pay for their placement test, which is $30 (Charged to your CWU account).

How to Register

First Year Students
  1. Accept your CWU admission.
  2. Go through your Canvas orientation module.
  3. Based on your practice test, determine if you are likely to need developmental math (if you are unsure, speak to an advisor).
  4. You can register in-person (at orientation), or you can register online below.
Returning Students
  1. Based on your math placement and intended major, speak to an advisor.
  2. Register online below.

If you have questions about the program you can contact either:

Andy Richards at (509) 963 - 2400


Katie Boswell at (509) 963 - 2131


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Frequently Asked Questions


How much does it cost?

The enrollment and support of the program is free for CWU students.  However, all students are required to pay for their placement test, which is $30 (Charged to your CWU account).

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What is ALEKS?

The CWU Math Bridge program will use ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces), a web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system.  It uses adaptive questioning to quickly and accurately determine exactly what a student knows and doesn't know.  ALEKS then instructs the student on the topics she is most ready to learn.  As a student works through a course, ALEKS periodically reassesses the student to ensure that topics learned are also retained.  ALEKS PPL is used at several institutions in Washington as well as across the country at over 300 higher education institutions, with an average over 500,000 students.

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Do I need to bring anything?

Program tutors will have access to pencils, paper, and dry erase markers which can all be utilized by the students. Although not required, any additional materials are the responsibility of the student.

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Why would I need to take 100 A/B/C?

Central gives students the opportunity to attend the University while still allowing them time to gain mathematical skills that are required for college-level math. Our Math 100 A/B/C courses prepares students to be successful at a collegiate level. However, we recognize that some students, depending on their major, could be impacted by the time it takes to complete developmental math. The Bridge Program allows highly motivated students the opportunity to progress through developmental math courses in less time.

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Do I need to take any tests before Bridge?

Students are strongly encouraged to take the ALEKS placement test beforehand. If you are unable to take the placement test, then you can test on the first day of the program.

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Where and when is the program?

Each location will be operating from July 23 through August 23, Monday through Thursday. The program will operate at several different locations across the state. Times and locations are variable and information can be found by selecting the location below.

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Central Washington University
Black Hall
Ellensburg WA, 98926

Room Numbers
Black 129 - Computer Lab
Black 142 - Lecture Room

1st day Black 139 - Lecture Room

Start date: July 23rd
End date: Aug 23rd
Monday - Thursday : 11am-2pm

Eisenhower High School
611 S 44th Ave.
Yakima, WA 98908

Room Numbers

Start date: July 23
End date: Aug 22
Monday - Thursday : 9am - 12pm


Edmonds Community College
Snoqualmie Building
Lynnwood WA, 98036

Room Numbers
The computer lab is in the Snoqualmie building, room 114.
Lecture room is in Snoqualmie building, room 103B. 
If you need assistance with directions or otherwise, please go to Snoqualmie 105.

Start date: July 24
End date: Aug 23
Monday - Thursday : 11am-2pm

CWU Pierce College
Rainier Building
Lakewood WA, 98498

Room Numbers

Rainier 262 - Computer lab

Rainier 241 - Lecture Room


Start date: July 23rd

End date: August 23rd

Monday - Thursday: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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