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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 32 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
  • Trigonometry
  • 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 31 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
  • Graphing
  • Quadratic Equations and Inequalities
  • Functions
  • Logarithms
  • Absolute Values
  • Systems of Equations
  • Problem Solving
  • Estimation and Approximation

You may not use a calculator on the Mathematics Placement Examination. You are allowed 75 minutes 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
  • Percentages

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)