College Placement

Placement Requirements

Before meeting with an academic advisor or registering for classes, students new to LWTech will either need to take the Guided Self-Placement (GSP) college placement assessment, or show evidence of English and math level through an approved alternative placement option such as other tests or prior college or high school transcripts. English and math placement is required to register for any course at LWTech.

Which Placement Option is Right for You?

Students are advised to review the alternative placement options on this page prior to taking the Guided Self Placement.

Alternative Placement Options

You may have an alternative form of placement that can be utilized for registration. If you have one of the options listed here, you do not need to take the Guided Self Placement and can meet with an advisor to review your alternative placement option.

Test Reciprocity from Another College

Option

Placement tests or assessments taken at other Washington Community or Technical Colleges may be utilized for placement due to a state wide reciprocity agreement.

Process

  1. Provide a copy of placement scores during a meeting with an Advisor after completing the admission process and receiving a Student Identification Number.
  2. The Advisor will evaluate the documents and place the student in a manner equivalent to placement at the former college.

Expires

  • Expires 1 year from date taken

For all entering students at any Washington community and technical college, system policy states:

  1. A student who qualifies for a specific level of pre-college math, English, or reading, either through course completion or local skills assessment, will have that course placement level honored at another Washington Community or Technical college if the student so requests, even if the courses may not be exact equivalents.
  2. A student who qualifies for entry into college-level math, English, or reading, either through course completion or local skills assessment, will be considered to have met the entry college-level standard at every community and technical college.
  3. Students requesting reciprocity must initiate the process within one year of their initial placement assessment.

Students may complete an optional Placement Reciprocity Form along with their unofficial placement score documentation.

Unofficial Transcripts for Placement 

Option

Provide transcripts from another college with a grade of 2.0 or higher in English or Math courses. College must be accredited by one of the following accredited agencies to use for placement or credit transfer purposes:

Process

  1. Provide a copy of unofficial transcript during a meeting with an Advisor after completing the admission process and receiving a Student Identification Number.
  2. The Advisor will evaluate the documents and place the student into the appropriate course

Expires

No expiration

Notes

You must provide an official sealed copy of the transcript to have the class(es) transferred into LWTech to count towards your program of study. To transfer credits to LWTech, visit LWTech.edu/Transfer for instructions. Unofficial transcripts can be used for placement purposes only.

International Transcripts

Advisors can use international transcripts for placement only if the transcript has been evaluated by an international credential evaluation agency. For more information visit LWTech.edu/Transfer.

Unofficial High School Transcript 

Option

Provide an unofficial high school transcript showing class & grade requirement(s) below within the time limit listed.

Process

  1. Provide a copy of unofficial transcript during a meeting with an Advisor after completing the admission process and receiving a Student Identification Number.
  2. The Advisor will evaluate the score and place the student into the appropriate courses

Time Limit

The time limit listed is from the date of graduation and applies to the following fall quarter. For example, a student who graduated from high school in June 2021 may use their high school transcript for placement to register for all quarters leading up to and including Fall 2022 for 1 year time limits and Fall 2023 for 2 year time limit placement options.

English

High School Course and Grade Time Limits Placement into LWTech Course

Cumulative GPA of 3.0+ & an average of 3.0+ in all English classes

2 years

 ENGL&101

B or higher AP English

2 years

ENGL&101

B or better grade in Bridge to College English class as a senior

 1 year ENGL&101

Math

Non-STEM Math Placement 

  • Non-STEM Math definition: When the program math requirement is Math 105, Math&107, or Math&146
Time Limit
  • Graduation within the last 2 years
Notes
  • If more than one category applies, student may register for the higher-numbered course.
  • If it has been more than 2 years since high-school graduation, student will need to take non-STEM placement test.
  • If student does not agree with transcript placement, student may challenge by taking non-STEM placement test.
High School Course  Grade & Placement into LWTech Non-STEM Math
1 year of Pre-Calculus, Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry
combo class, or Calculus,
  • No grade requirement:
    Math 105, Math&107, or Math&146
2 years of Algebra
  • B- or higher in last semester: 
    Math 105, Math&107, Math&146
  • C or below in last semester: 
    Math 098

1 year of Algebra and/or Geometry

  • B- or higher in last semester: 
    Math 098
  • C or below in last semester:
    Math 087
Bridge to College Math Course
  • B- or higher:
    Math 105, Math&107, or Math&146
AP Statistics
  • B- or higher:
    Math 105, Math&107, or Math&146

STEM Math Placement

  • STEM Math definition: When the program requires Math 111, Math&141, Math&142, Math&148, or Math&151+
Time Limit
  • Graduation within the last 1 year
Notes
  • If more than one category applies, student may register for the higher-numbered course.
  • If it has been more than 1 year since high-school graduation, student will need to take STEM placement test.
  • If student does not agree with transcript placement, student may challenge by taking STEM placement test.
  • Any student who places into Math&141 or higher may also register for Math 105, Math&107, or Math&146.
High School Course  Grade & Placement into LWTech STEM Math
1 year of Calculus
  • A- or higher in last semester: 
    Math&152
  • B- or higher in last semester: 
    Math&151 or Math&148
  • C or below in last semester: 
    Math&141 or Math 111
1 year of Pre-Calculus or Pre-Calculus/Trigonometry
Combo Class
  • A- or higher in last semester: 
    Math&151 or Math&148
  • A- or higher in first semester: 
    Math&142 or Math&148
  • B- or higher in last semester: 
    Math&141 or Math 111
  • C or below in last semester: 
    Math 099 (recommended) or Math 99x 

2 years of Algebra

  • A- or higher in last semester: 
    Math&141 or Math 111
  • B- or higher in last semester: 
    Math 99 (recommended) or Math 99x
  •  C or below in last semester: 
    Math 99x (recommended) or Math 90
1 year of Algebra and/or Geometry
  • B- or higher in last semester: 
    Math 90 (recommended) or Math 99x
  • C or below in last semester:
    Math 087
Bridge to College Math course
  • B- or higher: 
    Math 99x (recommended) or Math 99

 

Provide Smarter Balanced Test Scores

Option

Provide Smarter Balanced Test scores showing the following requirements within the time limit listed.

Process

  1. Provide a copy of documentation during a meeting with an Advisor after completing the admission process and receiving a Student Identification Number.
  2. The Advisor will evaluate the score and place the student into the appropriate courses

Expires

Spring quarter following high school graduation. Ex: If student graduated in June 2019, they could use this placement through June 2020 (end of spring quarter at LWTech).

English Placement

For placement into ENGL&101 (English Composition):

  • Level 3 or 4 score on high school Smarter Balanced assessment

Math Placement

For placement into Math& 107 (Math in Society), Math& 146 (Statistics), or their equivalents:

  • Level 3 or 4 score on high school Smarter Balanced assessment

Notes

Agreement in effect for graduating classes 2018-2022

Provide AP Test Scores

Option

Provide unofficial documentation showing Math or English with the appropriate score for placement purposes only.

Process

  1. Provide a copy of AP test scores during a meeting with an Advisor after completing the admission process and receiving a Student Identification Number.
  2. The Advisor will evaluate the score and place the student into the appropriate courses

Expiration

No expiration

Officially Transferring AP Credits to LWTech

LWTech will award transfer credits for these AP examsTo transfer AP credits to LWTech, visit LWTech.edu/Transfer for instructions. Unofficial AP scores can be used for placement purposes only.

ACT and SAT Test Scores 

Option

Provide ACT or SAT test scores following requirements within the time limit listed.

Process

  1. Provide a copy of test scores during a meeting with an Advisor after completing the admission process and receiving a Student Identification Number.
  2. The Advisor will evaluate the score and place the student into the appropriate courses
Test and Score Time Limits Placement into LWTech Course
ACT: Score of 23 or better in math 2 years Math 105, &107, or &146
ACT test scores: Score of 13+ reading and 15+ writing 2 years ENGL&101
SAT: Score of 550 or better in math 2 years Math 105, &107, or &146
SAT scores: score of 380+ reading and writing combined 2 years ENGL&101

Guided Self Placement Assessment

The Guided Self Placement (GSP) consists of two tests, one in writing and one in math, and the intention of the GSP is to support student success and allow students to make informed choices about their academic skill levels. The test is free, and it can be scheduled by emailing assessment@lwtech.edu.

General Information

Understanding Guided Self Placement

English and Math Guided Self Placement Information

The English placement is based on a writing sample developed by the student in response to a short reading passage and writing prompt. Students will have one day to complete the sample. See for more information on the main Assessment webpage. Two English faculty will score it based on a rubric developed by the English Department. The faculty will return the assessed result to the Assessment Center, with a recommended class, and students should then watch the video about the recommended class and the classes one level higher or lower before making a registration decision.

  • Scoring: writing samples will be scored within one business day during the regular business hours of the college.
  • Expires: 2 years
  • English Retesting Eligibility: students may retest one year after taking the test with the approval of the English Department Chairperson.

English Course Placement Guide

Recommended Placement

Courses Student Can Register
EASL ( English as a second language) Refer to Academic Support Center for ESL
or
Academic I-BEST
ABED 046 Must go to Academic Support center for registration into ABED 046
or
Academic I-BEST
English 093 Must go to Academic Support center for registration into ABED 046
or
Academic IBEST
or
ENGL 093 or ENGL 099
ENGL 099 ENGL 093
or
ENGL 099
or
Engl& 101
Engl& 101 ENGL 099
or
Engl& 101

The Math GSP uses Washington Mathematics Assessment and Placement (WAMAP). Students will select the STEM or non-STEM problem set when taking the math assessment. The test is not timed, and math scores will be available right after a student completes the assessment. The student’s results will recommend a class, and students should then watch the video about the recommended class and the classes one level higher or lower before making a registration decision.

  • Expires: 2 years
  • Math Retesting Eligibility: students may retest one year after taking the test with the approval of the Math Department Chairperson.

Which Math Placement (STEM or non-STEM) should I take?

Students who are pursuing programs that are NOT listed below may take the non-STEM version of the placement test if they do not have an alternative placement option.

Students pursuing any of the programs below must take the STEM placement if they do not have an alternative placement option.

Programs That Require STEM Math

Associate in Applied Science
  • Architectural Technology, AAS or AAS-T
  • Computer Security and Network Technology, AAS-T
  • Computing and Software Development, AAS or AAS-T
  • Electronics Technology, AAS-T
  • Laser and Optical Technology, AAS-T
  • Mechanical Design Technology, AAS-T
Associate DTA/MRP
  • Biology, Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP)
  • Business, Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP)
  • Computer Science, Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP)
  • Construction Management, Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP)
  • Math Education, Direct Transfer Agreement/Major Related Program (DTA/MRP)
Associate in Science – Transfer, Track 2
  • Bioengineering and Chemical Pre-Engineering, Associate in Science Transfer
  • Computer and Electrical Pre-Engineering, Associate in Science Transfer
  • Mechanical, Civil, Aeronautical, Industrial, Materials Science Pre-Engineering, Associate in Science Transfer

Math Course Placement Guide

Problem Set A – non-STEM math leading to Math 098, Math 105, Math& 107 or Math& 146
Recommended Placement Assessment Score Courses Student Can Register
ABED 040 0.00-2.49 For ABED 040 must go to Academic Support Center for additional placement assessment.
Math 087 2.50-7.49 For ABED 040 must go to Academic Support Center to register
or
Math 087, Math 098 or Math 105
Math 098 7.50-17.49 Math 087, Math 098, Math 105, Math& 107
or
Math& 146
Math& 107 or Math& 146 17.50-25.00 Math 098, Math 105, Math& 107
or
Math& 146
Problem Set B – STEM math leading to Math 090, 099, 111, &141

Note: The STEM Math Placement only places as high as MATH&141 (pre-calculus). If you score into MATH&141, you can request to take an additional STEM math placement test for placement into MATH&142 and above.

Recommended Placement Assessment Score Courses Student Can Register
ABED 040 0.00-2.99 For ABED 040 must go to Academic Support Center for additional placement assessment.
Math 087 3.00-8.99 For ABED 040 must go to Academic Support Center to register
Math 087 or Math 098
or
Math 105
Math 099X or Math 090 and Math 099 9.00-20.99 Math 087, Math 090, Math 099, Math 099x, Math 105, Math& 107, Math 111, Math& 146, Math& 141 or Math 145
Students needing slower pace: take Math 090 then take Math 099
Students wanting to go at a faster pace: take Math 099X
Math 111 or math& 141 or Math 145 21.00-30.00 Math 090, Math 099, Math 099x, Math 105, Math& 107, Math 111, Math& 146, Math& 141

Note: The STEM Math Placement only places as high as MATH&141 (pre-calculus). If you score into MATH&141, you can request to take an additional STEM math placement test for placement into MATH&142 and above.