How To Get Placed Into A Math Course
The University of Washington Bothell uses Directed Self-Placement (DSP) to determine which math course students should enroll in.
You should complete the Directed Self-Placement if both the following are true:
- You're interested in a program that requires college math - this includes engineering, sciences (biology, chemistry, math, etc.), pre-medicine, computer science, and business; and
- You don't already have college credit for algebra or calculus, or a Calculus Advanced Placement (AP) score of 2 or higher, or an International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics (Higher Level) score of 5 or higher.
What is Directed Self-Placement?
The “self-placement” part of this is that you will decide for yourself what math class you will enroll in. This process will be directed, though. That is, you will be asked a series of questions to get you to reflect on your background in mathematics. Based on your responses to these questions, you will receive an initial suggestion for which course to take. You will then have an opportunity to read more about the class that has been suggested for you. Based on what you read, and what you know about yourself and your own mathematics background, you may decide that the class before or after that would be a better fit for you.
The goal here is to determine which math class will allow you to be most successful - the class where you will feel challenged and stimulated, but not overwhelmed. In the end, the decision will be yours. This process may take up to 20 minutes, and the more honest you are with yourself, the more likely you will be to determine the class that will be the best fit for you. We hope that your direct involvement and control in this process will help foster your sense of agency as a student and will lead to a successful mathematics experience at UWB.
Click on the link below to begin the process. If at any point you have questions about filling out this form, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for help.
Once you are done with this process, it will take up to two business days for your selection to be entered into the registration system. After that, you may register for your class provided you are eligible to register and there are available seats. If it has been more than two business days and the registration system does not recognize your placement, you may contact a Pre-Major Advisor for assistance.
Students wanting academic advising support can schedule an appointment with an academic advisor.
Frequently Asked Questions?
Q: What levels of math can Directed Self-Placement be used for?
Answer: Directed Self-Placement can be used for the following courses:
- B MATH 121 Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning;
- B MATH 122 Precalculus I;
- B MATH 123 Precalculus II;
- B MATH 144 Calculus for Life and Social Sciences;
- STMATH 124 Calculus I
Q: Can I take the Directed Self-Placement if I did not place as well as I hoped with the previous UW math placement test?
Answer: Any current or new student is eligible to take the Directed Self-Placement. Prior UW MPT scores can still be used.
Q: Is there a fee to take the Directed Self-Placement?
Answer: There is no fee to take the Directed Self-Placement.
Q: Can I do the Directed Self-Placement on my own or do I need to speak with an academic advisor first?
Answer: Students are encouraged to complete the Directed Self-Placement on their own. There is no requirement to meet with an advisor. Students may email email@example.com for support.
Q: I'm not happy with my college math grade. I know the material, yet my grade does not reflect what I know. Can I still use Directed Self-Placement?
Answer: Yes, you can still use the Directed Self-Placement. Keep in mind the purpose of the Directed Self-Placement. The goal is to find the math course most appropriate for your background and knowledge.
Q: Can I use Directed Self-Placement to take classes at UW Seattle or UW Tacoma ?
Answer: Directed Self-Placement cannot be used to determine placement for classes at UW Seattle or UW Tacoma. They have their own math placement process.
Q: I’m a UW Seattle/UW Tacoma student. Do I need to take Directed Self-Placement to take a math class at UW Bothell?
Answer: Students meeting prerequisites with a college level math class do not need to take the Directed Self-Placement. Students without a college-level math class (pre-calculus or calculus) will need to take the Directed Self-Placement.