What is the Mathematics Can you take the Mathematics
Placement Test? Placement Test a second time?
The UMBC Mathematics Placement Students who believe that the first
Test was prepared by the Mathematics Mathematics Placement Test does not
Association of America. The test is accurately reflect their mathematical ability
ASKED designed to assess the current level of
mathematical skill of a student for a variety
may take the Challenge Mathematics
Placement Test. If a student chooses to
of courses offered at UMBC. take the Challenge Mathematics
The test consists of two parts: Part I – Placement Test, the scores from this test
the Algebra Test and Part II – the Calculus will be used to place the student into the
ABOUT Readiness Test. The Algebra Test is
required of all students who take the
appropriate math class. This does not
work like the SAT Math test. We do not
Mathematics Placement Test. The use the highest score from each test. By
Calculus Readiness Test is required of taking the Challenge Test, the student has
only those students who want to place into declared that the first test was invalid. The
PLACEMENT a calculus course.
***Students are not permitted to use
scores from that first test will no longer be
a calculator during testing.***
Who has to take the Math How do you register for the
Placement Test? Challenge Math Placement Test?
All entering freshmen and transfer The Challenge Test will be given in
students who are not transferring credits July and August. The July test will be by
from a college-level math class must take registration only. The August test will be
the Math Placement Test. offered on a walk-in basis.
To register for July testing, call the
How is the Mathematics Learning Resources Center at 410-455-
Placement Test used? 2444. Dates, locations, and times will be
The Math Placement Test is used confirmed during this phone call.
because it is an accurate predictor of Walk-in challenge testing will be on
success in UMBC’s math classes. It Wednesday, September 1, 2004 from
determines the appropriate entry-level 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. in LRC, which is
Learning Resources Center
math class for each student according to located in AC IV 345, b-wing. No
AC IV B-wing 345
his or her current mathematical appointment is necessary.
competence. Assessment accuracy has You should plan at least 90 minutes to
1000 Hilltop Circle
been established by researching the take the test.
Baltimore, MD 21250
410-455-2444 success of 10,000 UMBC freshmen who
have taken the Math Placement Test.
How do you prepare for the What topics should you What topics should you
challenge test? review for the ALGEBRA review for the CALCULUS
It is highly recommended that a PORTION of the Placement READINESS PORTION of the
student prepare before taking the
Challenge Mathematics Placement Test. Test? Placement Test?
There are several very effective ways to Arithmetic of rational numbers Geometry and measurement
review for this test. The one that you Operations with algebraic Graphs of functions
choose depends on your personal
preferences and learning style.
expressions Word problems and modeling
Ways to review for the Challenge Linear equations and Concept formation
Mathematics Placement Test: inequalities Numerical awareness
Review notes and text books from high Factoring and algebraic Exponential functions
school algebra and precalculus
functions Exponents and logarithms
Review commercially prepared review Exponents and radicals Equations and factoring
books on algebra and/or precalculus, Graphing and distance Functional notation
e.g. Schaum’s Outlines for Algebra Fractional and quadratic Inequalities
and/or Precalculus (approximately $15
each in UMBC Bookstore); or Super
equations Absolute value
Review for Algebra and Trigonometry Inequalities Trigonometry
(approximately $10 each in UMBC Absolute values
Bookstore). Systems of equations
Review by accessing MathPro5
Algebra Review – a World Wide Web
algebra review for students whose
math placements are LRC099 or
MATH106. See flyer for additional
information. (Approximately $35 In the
UMBC Bookstore, Test Preparation