Placement Assessment & Educational Planning

Placement Assessment & Educational Planning

New students are invited to schedule their placement assessment and educational planning session as soon as:

  • The Application for Admission is complete. 
  • Admissions receives the following documents as applicable: High school transcript, GED scores, SAT or ACT scores and college transcripts. 

Placement assessment includes review of the following:

  • Evaluation of high school transcripts, GED score reports, college transcripts and SAT/ACT scores
  • In some cases,  skill checks will be administered to determine a student's skill level in mathematics.

The educational planning session includes:

  • Discussion of the student's life goals, an overview of academic programs and placement into courses based on the above academic criteria
  • Registration for classes in the upcoming semester
  • New students will also be provided important information about the college website, student portal, payment options, bookstore and campus resources.

Exceptions

  • Students who have an associate or bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university may be exempt from the math skill checks upon receipt of college transcripts.
  • Transfer students may also be exempt from the skills checks upon receipt of college transcripts that validate satisfactory completion of prerequisites in mathematics.
  • Students not seeking a degree are required to take the math skills check after the completion of 12 credits in order to continue their enrollment.

Preparing for your session

  • Be sure that your high school transcript, GED score, SAT/ACT score report and, if applicable, college transcript is received by admissions before scheduling your Placement Assessment and Educational Planning Session.
  • Students are encouraged to prepare for the math skills check by reviewing the following math concepts and study resource:

Based on academic background, students may or may not need to take the math assessment. Students who need to take the assessment will be administered the particular skills checks based on the math course required for their program of study.

Of those students, most will complete the first two levels of assessment and can progress to the higher levels based on their performance in the prior completed assessments. The levels of math assessment listed below describe the math operations and concepts assessed in each skill check. Students may not use a personal calculator during the exam.

Students who want to refresh or improve their math skills before taking the skills check can see the type of concepts that will be assessed below. Corresponding lessons and practice questions can be found on websites such as Khan Academy.         

Levels of Math Assessment

First level

The basic math skills check (for placement into MTH 052 and BUS 120) assesses computational skills of whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and integers; ratios; proportions; elementary algebra and word problems.

Second level

The foundations of algebra skills check (for placement into MTH 100, 108, 160, 180) assesses integers, operations with rational expressions, positive and negative exponents, factoring, solving first and second degree equations and word problems.

Third level

The intermediate algebra skills check (for placement into MTH 157) assesses solving first and second degree equations, polynomial functions, rational functions, exponents, radicals and topics related to them and word problems.

Fourth level

The college algebra skills check (for placement into MTH 158) assesses intermediate algebra skills, equation solving; inequalities; systems of equations; complex numbers; graphing techniques for linear, polynomial, and rational functions; circles; absolute value; polynomial division and synthetic division; and piece-wise functions.

Fifth level

The precalculus skills check (for placement into MTH 109 or 172) assesses exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions and their graphs; identities, applications, logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric equation and problem solving.

  • Review the most current program information for your career path by viewing the College Catalog.

Scheduling your session

  • Appointments are available by directly calling the Westmoreland location of your choice:
    • Youngwood: 724-925-6893 (Walk-ins are also welcome! Founders Hall, Room 130, Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Fridays 8 a.m.-2 p.m)
    • Murrysville: 724-327-8090
    • Fayette County: 724-437-3512
    • Indiana County: 724-357-1404
    • Latrobe: 724-925-8473
    • New Kensington: 724-335-8110
  • You may also email staff if you have questions or concerns at  placementtesting@westmoreland.edu

Accommodations

Students who require accommodations due to a disability should call 724-925-4000, extension 3053, to discuss specific needs.

Important Parent/Guardian information

Due to space and confidentiality while Founders Hall is under construction, parents/guardians are not permitted in the room with pathways advisors during the educational planning/advising session.

We recognize this may be somewhat uncomfortable or difficult for some parents/guardians. In an effort to accommodate all needs, we recommend that you review the following information with your student prior to their visit with a pathways advisor to ensure all questions/concerns are addressed at that time:

  • Learn what to expect and how to prepare for course placement by reviewing this webpage.
  • Review the Placement Assessment Appointment Checklist (see below) and Quick Guide for New Students.
  • Read about his/her chosen academic program in the current College Catalog online.  Students who have not declared an academic program will schedule classes under the Associate of Arts degree program until such time.
  • Log onto the MyWestmoreland Portal and begin exploring the student e-mail account and Student Planning.  
  • Discuss class preferences prior to their visit—days/times, education center, course delivery method (traditional classroom setting, online, blended, hybrid, etc.), types of courses (dependent on placement and program requirements), etc.
  • Make certain the student brings his/her username and password for the portal as well as all questions/concerns that need to be addressed.
  • The student should be prepared to take detailed notes about the information covered with the pathways advisor.

Placement Assessment Appointment Checklist

  • Submit a Westmoreland Application for Admission online. 
  • Submit official high school or GED transcripts.
  • Submit SAT/ACT scores

Schedule the date, time, and location for a Placement Assessment and Educational Planning Session. These are done year round.

  • Youngwood 724-925-6893
  • Murrysville 724-327-8090
  • Fayette 724-437-3512
  • Indiana County 724-357-1404
  • Latrobe 724-539-3390
  • New Kensington 724-335-8110
  • Or email placementtesting@westmoreland.edu 

Students who have a documented disability and require accommodations for testing, contact Lauren Eicher, counselor-Disability & Student Behavioral Intervention Services, at 724-925.4000,-ext. 3053 or eicherla@westmoreland.edu.

You may arrive about 15-30 minutes early to obtain your Westmoreland Student Photo ID card in Founders Hall, Room 130. Students with appointments at an education center may get their student ID there.

Please present a current issued photo ID card such as driver’s license, state non-driver’s license photo ID, high school photo ID, other college photo ID, passport, etc.

Your Westmoreland student ID card

2 pencils

Information on the college & major to which you plan to transfer (if applicable)