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Placement Testing at CWU-Sammamish

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In order to register for a particular class, students must meet the eligibility requirements as stated in the CWU Course Catalog. Requirements usually vary between classes, but two common requirements are either successfully passing previous course work and/or placement testing. Please see the CWU College Catalog for a full listing of appropriate placement tests and scores.

*Note 4/19/2019 updated Math Accuplacer Next Generation qualifying scores HERE.



PLEASE CONTACT CWU_SAMMAMISH@CWU.EDU IF YOU WISH TO TAKE A PLACEMENT TEST - online dates and times vary from our original testing schedule.


ALEKS (Math) and Accuplacer (Math or English) placement testing is available at CWU-Sammamish on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, test start times between 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm. Please call us to confirm our summer testing hours. On average each proctored test takes about 90 minutes.

If you wish to sign up for placement test, please contact, call 425-392-2110 or visit us to schedule.

Please make sure to pay online before your test time and bring your receipt as proof of payment. The cost for Accuplacer is $25 for the Math placement test and $25 for the English placement test, the cost for ALEKS Math test is $35.

For Accuplacer payment link click HERE.


ALEKS Math Placement

The ALEKS exam gives students five attempts to get their best score. The first attempt is taken from your computer at home and is not used for placement. This is a diagnostic tool that reveals your strengths and areas for improvement. Based on your performance on the diagnostic attempt, you will then have access to practice modules to prepare you for attempts 2-5. These will help to prepare you to get your first best score on the proctored attempts. You must wait 48 hours after your first attempt and complete 3 hours of practice modules before your second attempt.

Attempts 2-5 must be proctored and can be scheduled by contacting CWU-Sammamish 425-392-2110.

The cost for this test is $35 and must be paid through your MyCWU account (do not pay through the Testing Services website or the Cashier's Office). To pay for and access the initial exam, please do the following:

  •     Login to your MyCWU account at 
  •     Click on the Student Tab
  •     On the left side of the screen, locate and click on either the Orientation Tab or the Planning Tab
  •     Locate and click on the ALEKS Math Placement Exam link
  •     Pay for the exam using the Pay Now option and pay with a debit or credit card or Charge to Student Account.
  •     You will be automatically directed to the ALEKS site after you pay
  •     Create a username and password
  •     Complete the initial test

Accuplacer English Placement Exam

The English Placement test at CWU consists of a reading comprehension test (Next-Generation Reading) and a writing test (WritePlacer). These are computerized tests. The reading comprehension test is not timed. Students have 60 minutes to complete the WritePlacer.

Results should be available immediately following the exam. Students may take the exam up to two times.

Testing Resources:

Next-Generation Reading Exam Sample Questions
WritePlacer Sample Essays


Accuplacer Math Placement Exam

The Accuplacer Next-Generation Math Placement Exam consist of three different math tests: 1) Arithmetic, 2) Quantiative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS), and 3) Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF). The exam is an adaptive test that starts in Quantiative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS). If a student answers enough questions correctly, the student will then move in to the Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) exam. If a student answers too many questions in QAS incorrectly, the student will move in to the Arithmetic exam.

Results should be available immediately following the exam. Students may take the exam up to three times.

Testing Resources:

Next-Generation Arithmetic Sample Questions
Next-Generation Quantiative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics Sample Questions
Next-Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions Sample Questions


For more information and Accuplacer Study App go to the Accuplacer Website


120 228th Ave NE
Sammamish, WA 98074
Tel: 425-392-2110

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