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Important Info

REQUIRED: for entry into Calculus sequence

START NOW: Log in to Moodle, our course management system.

Then you can enroll in the Math Placement course and take the exam.


Purpose of the Mathematics Placement Test

The Mathematics Placement Test is an independent assessment of students' quantitative ability. Analytical, computational and technological skills have become increasingly important in many disciplines and professional careers. We therefore 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 in college.

Who should take the Mathematics Placement Test?

Students who wish to obtain an independent assessment of their quantitative ability.

Students who are ready to register for an introductory course in Mathematics (Math 119, Math 120, Math 121, Math 124, or Math 125). A successful completion of the placement test is a prerequisite for registration for those courses.

The only students who are allowed to enroll in introductory Mathematics courses without taking the placement test are those who already have AP credit for Calculus.

Students with advanced placement who feel that they are prepared to start their math sequence beyond Calculus I and II should consult with the Math 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), in order to develop their computational skill.

When and how does a student take the Mathematics Placement Test?

Students can take the on-line Mathematics Placement Test anytime. It is strongly recommended that first-year students take it by June 30 before registering for classes. The instructions are as follows:

  1. Go to the Math Placement Course in Moodle and login 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.

Note: When you're just previewing, you can read through the information about the test, but you can't actually take the test until you enroll.

What are the possible outcomes for students taking the Mathematics Placement Test?

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 in each semester;
Math 120/121 120 fall, 121 spring;
Math 124/125 124 fall, 125 spring

Students who are not satisfied with their placement can repeat the test once.