Math Placement Exam
There are three (3) Mathematics placement examinations: the Calculus Readiness Examination, the Mathematics Placement Examination, and the Nursing Mathematics Placement Examination.
The examinations are based on topics which you have covered in your high school courses; there are no sample questions available.
It is important that you complete this test on your own so that your advisor is provided a true understanding of your academic preparation.
Calculus Readiness Examination:
If you are majoring in a science or technical major, you will take the Calculus Readiness examination. There are 29 questions on this examination and the following topics are covered:
- Geometry and Measurement
- Inequalities, Absolute Value, Interval Notation
- Equations and Factoring
- Polynomial Division, Completing the Square
- Properties of Exponents and Radicals
- Functional Notation
- Compositions of Functions, Inverse Functions
- Graphs of Functions
- Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
- Word Problems, Mathematical Modeling
- Concept Formulation, Numerical Awareness
You should not use a calculator on the Calculus Readiness Exam. You are allowed 90 minutes to complete your calculus readiness examination.
Mathematics Placement Examination:
If you are majoring in a non-technical major, you will take the Mathematics Placement examination. There are 32 questions on this examination and the following topics are covered:
- Arithmetic of Rational Numbers
- Operations with Algebraic Expressions
- Factoring and Algebraic Fractions
- Exponents and Radicals
- Linear Equations and Inequalities
- Quadratic Equations and Inequalities
- Absolute Values
- Systems of Equations
- Problem Solving
- Estimation and Approximation
You may use a calculator on the Mathematics Placement Examination. You are allowed one (1) hour to complete your mathematics examination.
Nursing Mathematics Placement Exam:
If you are majoring in Nursing, you will take the Nursing Mathematics Placement Examination. There are 25 questions on this examination and the following topics are covered:
- Roman Numerals and Arabic Numbers
- Reducing Fractions
- Arithmetic with Fractions and Decimals
- Rounding Decimals
- Comparing Numbers
- Solving Ratio Equations
You should not use a calculator on the Nursing Mathematics Placement Examination. You are allowed one (1) hour to complete your mathematics examination.
Guide to Taking the Placement Examination(s)