The Math Placement Test is a multiple-choice test designed to evaluate a student’s math abilities and basic skills in the following areas:

Pre-Algebra

Mean, median, and mode

Fractions, decimals, and percentages

Integers, exponents, square roots, and scientific notation

Algebra

Basic operations/factoring polynomials

Setting up equations and substitution

Linear equations with one or two variables

Radicals and rational expressions

College Algebra

Matrices (basic operations, equations, and determinants)

Arithmetic and geometric sequences and series

Functions and complex numbers

Geometry

Angles (complementary, supplementary, adjacent, and vertical)

Rectangles (area and perimeter)

Triangles (area, perimeter, and Pythagorean theorem)

Circles (area, arcs, perimeter, etc.)

Three-dimensional concepts

Hybrid and composite shapes

Trigonometry

Special angles (multiples of 30 and 45 degrees)

Trigonometric identities and functions

Trigonometric equations and inequalities

Right-triangle trigonometry

Graphs of trigonometric functions

At the lowest level, students will be tested on whether or not they are able to perform a sequence of basic operations. At higher levels, students will have to apply basic operations and sequences in either complex or novel ways. At the highest level, students will be expected to demonstrate a conceptual understand of the principles and relationships of mathematical operations.

Students are allowed to use calculators on the Math Placement Test. For more information about which devices can be used, check out the calculator guidelines.