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Step into a positive experience with mathematics at College of Western Idaho (CWI). No matter your previous experience, our team is here to help prepare you for and achieve success in college-level math classes. 

The Math Solutions Center provides:

  • college prep math classes
  • one-on-one math coaching
  • math placement testing and resources

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Questions about math placement? See the Frequently Asked Questions section below.

College Prep Math Classes

The Math Solutions Center offers the following college prep math classes: 

  • MATH 097 Introductory Prep Math
  • MATH 098 Advanced Prep Math
  • MATH 099 Expanded Prep Math
    • Designed to provide an intensive, one-semester pathway to prepare students for MATH 147 College Algebra and Trigonometry, then MATH 170 Calculus I

View Course Descriptions and Prerequisites

SPRING 2024 College Prep Math Hours

Ada County Center Pintail Building (APIN), Room 1307

  • Monday & Wednesday
    10 a.m. – 1 p.m & 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Thursday
    11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday
    10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Nampa Campus Academic Building (NCAB), Room 116

  • Monday & Wednesday
    1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Thursday
    8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Saturday
    10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Updates to College Prep Math

MATH 097, MATH 098, and MATH 099 were introduced in Fall 2022 as a replacement for MATH 095 College Prep Mathematics

  • While MATH 095 provided some flexibility with individual pacing, these new courses offer instructor-led sessions designed to prepare students for college-level math classes in a single semester. 
  • Students previously enrolled in MATH 095 who have yet to complete the math classes required to complete their degree are encouraged to meet with a Math Coach to determine the best path forward. 


      MATH 097, MATH 098, and MATH 099 classes utilize IncludED.

      • Classes utilizing IncludED provide students with access to course materials as part of tuition through a special course fee. 
      • IncludED fees vary by course and are listed within the descriptions of applicable class sections in Student Planning.  
      • Course materials provided through IncludED are available to students on the first day of class.

      IncludED course materials for students taking college prep math classes include: 

      • interactive preparation materials by topic
      • video lectures on concepts
      • PowerPoint presentations for each section
      • animated explanations and examples

      Frequently Asked Questions

      • Who should complete the Math Placement?

        If you are seeking a degree or certificate at College of Western Idaho, the Math Placement is used to verify your academic skill level to ensure you are placed in the correct math classes. Qualifying ACT, SAT, and advanced placement scores and previous college credit may also be used if within three (3) years of the first day you intend to begin classes. Students who wish to place higher than their previous placement scores may also choose to take the Math Placement. 

        Visit Math Placement to learn more. Contact your advisor to discuss options specific to your situation.

      • Where do I take the Math Placement?

      • How do I sign up to take the Math Placement?

        Math Placement exams are taken at the Math Solutions Center. To take the Math Placement, please schedule an appointment. 

        Schedule Your Exam

      • What appointment times are available for the Math Placement?

        Math Placement exams are offered at the Math Solutions Center Monday through Saturday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Appointments on Fridays and Saturdays are limited. 

      • When is the best time to complete the Math Placement?

        It is strongly recommended students complete the Math Placement during the semester prior to starting classes. Doing so will allow your scores to be recorded, time to retake tests as needed, and assist Math Coaches and your advisor in helping you plan your course of study. 

      • How long is the Math Placement?

        Each Math Placement exam can take up to 45 minutes. Students may choose to continue testing on subsequent levels of the testing sequence after earning a minimum passing score on the current level. Upon completion of the Math Placement, your scores will be evaluated and, with the help of a Math Coach, you will be placed in the correct math course.

      • Do my ACT or SAT scores qualify for placement into a CWI math class?

        ACT and SAT scores may be used to verify your math skill level and place you in the correct math class if within three (3) years of the first day you intend to begin classes.

        • View the Math Placement Scores table for course options based on your ACT or SAT score.
        • If you are seeking a degree or certificate, required math courses are determined by your chosen major.
        • Students who wish to place higher than their previous placement scores may also choose to take the Math Placement. 
      • Can I study for the Math Placement?

        The following resources are available for students wishing to study prior to taking the Math Placement. 

      • What should I bring to my Math Placement?

        Please bring the following items to your Math Placement exam: 

        • Current Photo ID
          • Accepted forms of ID are Driver's License, State ID Card, Military ID Card, Passport, Permanent Resident Card, CWI Student ID Card, or current-year High School ID card for current High School students. We cannot accept photos of IDs.
          • Expired photo IDs will not be accepted. 
        • Calculator
          • Scientific calculators are permitted.
          • Calculators are also available from the Math Solutions Center for your use.
          • Graphing calculators are not allowed.
        • You will be provided with an approved formula sheet, pencils, and scratch paper.
      • Can I take the Math Placement multiple times?

        Each section of the Math Placement may be taken twice — an initial attempt plus one retake. The waiting period between attempts on a single section is one (1) day. Should you need to retake a section of the Math Placement, a Math Coach will meet with with you after your initial attempt to offer advice and strategies. 


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      Our team looks forward to assisting you!

      Math Solutions Center



      Ada County Center Pintail Building (APIN), Room 1307
      Nampa Campus Academic Building (NCAB), Room 116