The math placement test is NOT required for all first-year students. However, any student who is planning to take an introductory mathematics course offered by the Mathematics department must pass the placement test at an appropriate level before enrolling in the course.
If you plan to take a mathematics course this fall you must take the math placement test before June 30.
For example if you are considering a major in …
- computer science
- the natural sciences (e.g. chemistry, biology, physics, economics, engineering, environment and conservation biology)
you will be required to take a mathematics course through the calculus level and need to be placed in the calculus sequence.
For all students, regardless of major, a Formal Analysis course that focuses on logical and algebraic thinking is a requirement of the Program of Liberal Studies. Not all Formal Analysis courses are in mathematics (they may be in philosophy, economics, psychology or other social sciences), but we do believe that the ability to reason analytically is essential to be fully educated.
College-level mathematics courses tend to be more theoretical, less applied and more advanced than comparably labeled courses in high school. Because success with high school mathematics is no guarantee that you can plan to begin mathematics study at the calculus level in college, the placement test will help you determine your appropriate starting level for college-level mathematics.
Remember, success with a lower-level college mathematics course will better prepare you to take more advanced classes at Clark and help you avoid unsuccessful struggles with an upper-level mathematics class.
Mathematics placement falls into the following levels:
- MATH 119: You must pass the first part of the Mathematics Placement Test with a score of 75 or higher to enroll in MATH 119. MATH 119, Pre-calculus is designed for those going on to Calculus.
- MATH 120: Calculus I. You must pass Part I of the Mathematics Placement Test with a score of 75 or higher AND must pass Part II with a score of at least 70.
- MATH 124: Honors Calculus I. You must pass Part I of the Mathematics Placement Test with a score of 80 or higher AND Part II with a score of 80 or higher to enroll in MATH 124.
Look these courses up in the Academic Catalog for full descriptions.
Sample Mathematics Questions
Below, find two links to sets of math placement sample problems. We encourage you to try these problems to give you some indication of how you might do on the placement test. If you plan to take the math placement test, please check off the appropriate box on the Placement Test Response Form. If you have questions about math placement, please contact the mathematics department at (508) 793-7343.
- If you believe that you are ready for the PRE-CALCULUS LEVEL of courses at Clark, try this set of questions. The questions are similar to those that will be asked on the pre-calculus placement examination.
- If you believe that you are ready to be placed into the CALCULUS LEVEL of classes at Clark, try this set of questions. They reflect the level of the material covered in that placement test.
How to take the math placement test
You must take the Mathematics Placement Test online before June 30, 2012. It is made available on the Moodle course management system here at Clark.
- Log in to Moodle.
- Click on the "All Courses" link under "My Courses".
- Scroll down the page to the Placement Tests category. Click on it to see the courses available. Click "Math Placement".
- You will be prompted to enroll in the course. Click "Yes".
- Once in the Math Placement site, read the information and when ready, click on the link(s) in the Begin Test section to take the exam.