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 altnernative 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. 

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. 
  2. The Advisor will evaluate the documents and place the student in a manner equivalent to placement at the former college.

Expires

1 year

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.

Provide transcripts from another college with a grade of 2.0 or higher in English or Math courses.

Process

  1. Provide a copy of unofficial transcript during a meeting with an Advisor. 
  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 prorgram of study. Unofficial transcripts can be used for placement purposes only.

Provide a high school transcript showing one of the following requirements within the time limit listed.

Process

  1. Provide a copy of unofficial transcript during a meeting with an Advisor. 
  2. The Advisor will evaluate the score and place the student into the appropriate courses

 Math

High School Course and Grade Time Limits Placement into LWTech Course
B- or higher in Algebra I course 2 years Math 090 or 098 or 102
B- or higher in Geometry 2 years Math 090 or 098 or 102
B- or higher in  Algebra 2 2nd full year of Algebra 2 years 1 year Math 098, 99, 99x or Math 102Math 99, 99x, 102, Math& 107 or Math& 146
A- or higher in an Algebra 2 2 years Math 102, Math& 107, Math 111, Math& 141, Math 145 or Math& 146
B- grade or higher in Pre-Calculus 2 years 1 year Math 102, Math& 107, 111, & 141, 145, or & 146Math 102, & 107, 111, &141, & 142, 145 or &146
A- grade or higher in Pre-Calculus 2 years Math 102, & 107, 111, &141, & 142, 145, &146, &148, & 151
B- grade or higher in Calculus 2 years Math 102, & 107, 111, &141, & 142, 145, &146, &148, &151
A- grade or higher in Calculus 1 year Math 102, & 107, 111, &141, & 142, 145, &146, &148, &151, &152
B- grade or higher in AP Statistics  2 years Math 102, &107, or 146
B- grade or higher in Bridge to College Math  2 years Math 99, 99x, 102, &107 or &146

English

High School Course and Grade Time Limits Placement into LWTech Course
High school graduation 2 years Cum GPA of 3.0+ &  an average of 3.0+ in all English classes

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

Process

  1. Provide a copy of unofficial transcript during a meeting with an Advisor. 
  2. The Advisor will evaluate the score and place the student into the appropriate courses

Expires

Spring quarter following high school graduation

English Placement

For placement into ENGL&101 (English Composition):

  1. Level 3 or 4 score on high school Smarter Balanced assessment
    OR
  2. B or better grade in designated Bridge to College English class as a senior

Math Placement

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

  1. Level 3 or 4 score on high school Smarter Balanced assessment plus:
    1. B or better in Algebra 2, and
    2. successful completion (passing grade) of one math course in the junior or senior year
      OR
  2. B or better grade in designated Bridge to College Math class as a senior

For placement into other entry-level math courses (including pre-calculus):

  1. Level 3 or 4 score on high school Smarter Balanced assessment plus:
    1. B or better in a high school pre-calculus or higher course

Notes

Agreement in effect for graduating classes 2018-2022

Provide AP test scores 

Students who complete college-level work in high school may receive credit at LWTech based on scores on the Advanced Placement (AP) examination administered by the College Board. We will place students based on their score.  LWTech will place students and award transfer credits for these AP exams.

Process

  1. Provide a copy of AP test scores  during a meeting with an Advisor. 
  2. The Advisor will evaluate the score and place the student into the appropriate courses

Expiration

no expiration

Notes

You must have the College Board send official copies of your test scores to have the credit(s) transferred into LWTech to count towards your prorgram of study. Unofficial AP test scores can be used for placement purposes only.

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

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 350+ reading and score of 380+ writing 2 years ENGL&101

Guided Self Placement Assessment

The Guided Self Placement 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 have 90 minutes to complete the sample, and 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. 

Math Course Placement Guide

Problem Set A – non-STEM math leading to 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 Pre-Calculus and Calculus
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: any scores above placement for Math above Math 111, Math& 141 should see math faculty.