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Deadline to Take Mathematics Placement Test (First-Year Students)

The mathematics placement test is for first-year students only (not International Pathway or transfer students); you must have a Clark log-in to complete the test.

Any student who wishes to obtain an independent assessment of their quantitative ability should complete the mathematics placement process. This test is used as a prerequisite for several courses.

Students can take the online mathematics placement test anytime, but it is strongly recommended that first-year students take it by June 4, 2021 — and before registering for classes.

Here’s how to take the test:

  1. Go to the Math Placement Course in Moodle and log in with your username and password.
  2. When you are ready to begin, under “Administration” on the left side of the page click “Enroll me in this course.
  3. On the left, under “Activities,” click on “Quizzes.” Both parts of the test can be found there.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Students who are ready to register for an introductory course in mathematics (MATH 119, MATH 120, or MATH 124); successful completion of the placement test is a prerequisite for registration for those courses.
  • Students who plan to major in psychology. Requirements for Statistics (PSYC 105) include a score of 50 percent (or better) on the Mathematics Placement Test (Part I only) and General Psychology (PSYC 101).
  • Students who want to obtain an independent assessment of their quantitative ability. This test is used as a prerequisite to several courses.

The only students who are allowed to enroll in introductory mathematics courses without taking the placement test are those who already have Advanced Placement (AP) credit for calculus.

Students with AP credit who believe they are prepared to start their math sequence beyond Calculus I and II should consult with the Mathematics Department.

Students who place into calculus, or have AP credit for calculus, have the necessary quantitative background to excel in computational science and information technology, which have become important parts of many disciplines. Those students are strongly encouraged to enroll in CSCI 120 (Introduction to Computing) to develop their computational skills.

Depending on the achieved score, students who pass the placement test will be able to register for one of the following courses:

  • MATH 119 — offered each semester
  • MATH 120 — offered only in fall
  • MATH 124 — offered only in fall
  • PSYC 105 — offered each semester (PSYC 101 is also a prerequisite)

If you are not satisfied with your placement, you may repeat the test once.

Analytical, computational, and technological skills have become increasingly important in many disciplines and professional careers.

We encourage students to improve and further develop those skills, independent of their intended majors, by taking courses in mathematics and computer science starting in their first year.

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