Math Placement Tests

General


HBU Math Placement Tests provide well-prepared students an opportunity to qualify for a math course for which they would not otherwise be eligible, based on course prerequisites (see table below) and standardized exam scores. Course credit will NOT be awarded for any course based on the results of these tests; they simply provide students with an opportunity to qualify for a more advanced math course without the necessity of first taking one or more lower level courses.

Note: Students should always consult with their academic advisor to see which math course or courses they need to take based on their majors and/or career objectives. 

Prerequisites for Courses Covered by the Math Placement Tests

Course Prerequisites
Math 1301 None
Math 1302 Math 1301 or a Math SAT score of at least 400 or a Math ACT score of at least 18 or a satisfactory score on a math placement exam.
Math 1305 Math 1301 or a Math SAT score of at least 400 or a Math ACT score of at least 18 or a satisfactory score on a math placement exam.
Math 1313 Math 1302 or a Math SAT score of at least 550 or a Math ACT score of at least 25 or a satisfactory score on a math placement exam.
Math 1323 Math 1313 or a satisfactory score on a math placement exam.
Math 1434 Math 1313 and Math 1323 or a satisfactory score on a math placement exam.
Math 1451 Math 1434 or a satisfactory score on a math placement exam (CPT).
Math 3401 Math 1434 or a satisfactory score on a math placement exam (CPT).
Phys 1416 Math 1434 or a satisfactory score on a math placement exam (CPT).

Note: Students are permitted to take any of the three math placement tests to see if they can qualify for a more advanced course; however, a student who does not pass a math placement test must wait one semester before retaking that test.

Available Tests

The Algebra Placement Test (APT): Students who wish to enroll in Math 1313, College Algebra, or Math 1305, Math for Critical Thinking, should take this test. The outcome of this test may result in placement into Math 1301, Introductory Algebra; Math 1302, Intermediate Algebra; Math 1305, Math for Critical Thinking; or Math 1313, College Algebra. This test covers topics in arithmetic and algebra and requires one hour.

The Precalculus Placement Test (PPT): Students who wish to enroll in Math 1434, Precalculus, should take this test. The outcome of this test may result in placement into Math 1313, College Algebra; Math 1323, Trigonometry; or Math 1434, Precalculus. This test has two parts, one covering algebra and one covering trigonometry, and requires two hours.
The Calculus, Statistics, and General Physics Placement Test (CPT): Students who wish to enroll in Math 1451, Calculus I; Math 3401, Introductory Statistics for the Life Sciences; or Phys 1416, General Physics I and who do not have credit for Math 1434, Precalculus, should take this test. The outcome of this test may result in placement into any of the above courses or Math 1313, College Algebra; Math 1323, Trigonometry; or Math 1434, Precalculus. This test has two parts, one covering algebra and one covering trigonometry, and requires two hours.

Test Information

  1. All tests are multiple choice.
  2. Most tests are given using paper and pencil and require Scantron forms (no. 882-E) for entering your answers; in some cases, a computerized version of the test may be offered using Blackboard. Unless told otherwise, students should bring one Scantron form (for the Algebra Placement Test) or two Scantron forms (for the Precalculus and the Calculus Placement tests) and two or more number 2 pencils to the test session. Scratch paper will be provided by the test proctor.
  3. No calculators are permitted when taking any of the placement tests.
  4. The results of the placement tests will be valid for one calendar year from the date the test was taken.
  5. Students may take different math placement tests during the same semester; however, a student must wait at least one semester before retaking the same test.
  6. Students who have learning disabilities that require special accommodations should send an email to mathplacementtesting@hbu.edu to make special arrangements for taking a test. Any special accommodations must be approved in writing by the HBU Office of Accommodations Services at least forty-eight hours prior to the scheduled time of the test.
  7. Although no course credit will be awarded based on the results of these tests, credit by examination is available by other means for Math 1313, 1323, 1434, and 1451. For more information, refer to the current edition of the HBU Catalog.

Please Note:
 

Math 1301 and Math 1302 count as elective credits towards the completion of a degree but do not satisfy the math requirement for any major. Neither course can be used to meet the math proficiency requirement.

Math 1305, Math for Critical Thinking, satisfies the minimum math requirement for Smith College and the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum but does not satisfy the math requirement for a science, math, business, or kinesiology major. It can also be used to meet the math proficiency requirement provided the student makes a grade of C or higher.

Math 1313, College Algebra, satisfies the minimum math requirement for Smith College and the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum and can also be used to meet the math proficiency requirement provided the student makes a grade of C or higher.

Important: Math 1305 CANNOT be used to satisfy the prerequisite for Math 1313. To be eligible for Math 1313, students must either complete Math 1302 with a grade of C or higher or make a satisfactory score on a math placement test.

Important: Phys 1416 and 1417 are intended for Biology majors who are pre-med students and for non-science students. These courses may NOT be used to satisfy the physics requirement for students majoring in BCMB, Chemistry, Engineering,
Mathematics, or Physics
-- students majoring in these areas are required to take Phys 2413 and 2423.

Results

Test results are automatically sent to the Office of the Registrar. After the results have been posted, students will be able to register for any course for which they are eligible; however, students should not register for a course just because they are eligible for it. Students should always consult with their academic advisor to see which math course or courses they need to take  to satisfy the requirements for their majors and/or career objectives. 

Results of the tests will be posted on HuskyNet, usually within 48 hours of the time the test was taken. Faculty may view the scores of students they are advising by selecting View Test Scores from the Student Information submenu of the Faculty & Advisors menu.

Test Preparation Materials


Choose from the following review materials:

Review for the Algebra Placement Test (APT)
Review for the Precalculus Placement Test (PPT)
Review for the Calculus, General Physics, and Statistics Placement Test (CPT - Part I, Algebra)
Review for the Calculus, General Physics, and Statistics Placement Test (CPT - Part II, Trigonometry)


TESTING SCHEDULE FOR ENROLLMENT IN SPRING 2014 AND SUMMER 2014 CLASSES


Placement Tests for Math 3401, Phys 1416, and all freshman level math courses offered in the summer and fall terms of 2013 will be given at the following times and locations.

Date Time for APT Time for PPT, CPT Location
Thursday, November 6, 2014 2:00 - 3:15 pm
3:15 - 4:30 pm
2:00 - 4:30 pm TBA
Friday, November 21, 2014 2:00 - 3:15 pm
3:15 - 4:30 pm
2:00 - 4:30 pm TBA
Friday, January 16, 2015 2:00 - 3:15 pm
3:15 - 4:30 pm
2:00 - 4:30 pm TBA
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 3:30 - 4:45 pm
4:45 - 6:00 pm
3:30 - 6:00 pm TBA
Thursday, January 22, 2015 3:30 - 4:45 pm
4:45 - 6:00 pm
3:30 - 6:00 pm TBA
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 3:30 - 4:45 pm
4:45 - 6:00 pm
3:30 - 6:00 pm TBA
Thursday, April 16, 2015 2:00 - 3:15 pm
3:15 - 4:30 pm
2:00 - 4:30 pm TBA
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 2:00 - 3:15 pm
3:15 - 4:30 pm
2:00 - 4:30 pm TBA

Abbreviations:  APT-Algebra Placement Test, PPT-Precalculus Placement Test, CPT-Calculus, Statistics, and General Physics Placement Test (for placement into Math 1451, Math 3401, or Phys 1416)
 
Closed Test Dates: Test dates are taken offline when all seats are filled or when the registration deadline (one day before the test) is past. See standby information below for further information.

Registration

Test Day Instructions
  • Arrive 15 minutes early for check-in and instructions.
  • Bring
    • 2 forms of identification (one must be current photo ID)
    • 2 sharpened no. 2 pencils
    • 2 Scantron Forms (882-E) for the PPT or CPT or 1 Scantron Form (882-E) for the APT
    • Copy of registration confirmation email
  • All personal items must be left in designated area (front, back or side wall of room)
  • Cell phones must be turned completely OFF and left in designated area for prohibited items.
  • No cell phones, food or drink are allowed during the test session.
  • Any items left after the test session will be turned in to lost and found in Baugh 223.

NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED FOR TESTING ONCE INSTRUCTIONS HAVE BEGUN.

Other Policies
  • Retesting - Students may take different math placement tests during the same semester (e.g., the PPT and the CPT); however, a student must wait at least one semester before retaking the same test.
  • Rescheduling or Canceling - To reschedule or cancel a test, send an email to mathplacementtesting@hbu.edu.
  • Standby Testing - Those wishing to test on a date that is "offline" may be considered for testing on a "standby" basis at the discretion of the test administrator.
  • To be considered for a seat as a "standby" you must:
    • Arrive on time (considered on first come basis).
    • Sign-in on the sign-in sheet.
    • Have appropriate identification.
    • Bring two sharpened no. 2 pencils
    • Bring two Scantron Forms (882-E) for the PPT or CPT or one Scantron Form (882-E) for the APT.