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Math Placement Test

Beginning with the 2007 academic year, all students intending to take mathematics courses at LHU (including transfer students) are required to take the Mathematics Placement Assessment designed and implemented by the Department of Mathematics. You will not be able to register for mathematics courses without appropriate placement test scores. The placement test is administered online and you can take it from home, in a computer lab, or in the Mathematics Department. Follow the links below for more information about the placement test, suggestions on how to prepare for the test, and instructions for logging onto and taking the test.

Notes on the placement test:

1. The placement test must requires a WINDOWS-BASED COMPUTER. The placement test should be taken using either Internet Explorer or Firefox web browser. The test was created and optimized for these browsers.

2. There is a slight delay between the time that you take the test and when the results are recorded in your account in the CARS registration database. You may have to wait one or two days between taking the test and being able to register for the courses into which your test results place you.

General Information

The mathematics placement test is designed to determine which mathematics course you should sign up for in the fall semester in order to have the greatest chance of succeeding in your mathematics and science classes. You are not expected to know all of the answers to the questions on the placement test, so if during the test you are asked something that is not familiar or that you do not know how to answer, DO NOT PANIC! Answer the question to the best of your ability and move on to the next question. DO NOT guess if you don’t know the answer, simply leave the question blank and move on.

Test Sections

 

Section 1:

Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of real numbers; fractions, decimals, ratios and percentages

Section 2:

Basic properties of algebra involving variables; exponents and radicals; solving basic equations; adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and factoring polynomials; basic inequalities

Section 3:

Properties of algebraic expressions; exponents and radicals; absolute values; solving equations and systems of equations; linear equations (slopes, intercepts, equations of lines); solving inequalities and systems of inequalities; graphing equations

Section 4:

Functions (graphing, domain and range, evaluation); trigonometry (both radian and degree measure); logarithms

Math Placement Test Review Material

The following is a list of resources you may want to use to prepare for the mathematics placement test. The first three sections of the test are algebraic in nature; the fourth section deals with topics most commonly covered in a precalculus course. Any algebra text and/or precalculus text should contain the appropriate topics and provide enough review material for the placement test, so it is NOT necessary for you to study these particular texts. These are simply suggestions.

Sections 1 and 2:

Developmental Mathematics by Bittinger & Beecher, 9th Edition, ISBN: 978-0321997173, Publisher: Pearson.

Section 3:

Algebra for College Students by Kaufmann & Schwitters, 8th Edition, ISBN:  0495105104, Publisher:  Pearson/Addison Wesley.

Section 4:

Precalculus by Larson & Hostetler, 9th Edition, ISBN:  978-1133949015, Publisher:  Brooks Cole.

 

Math Placement Test – Online Instructions (Subpage of Math Placement Test)

You must take this test from a Windows-based PC, not a Mac, since the placement test will not run properly on a Mac. Please use the Internet Explorer web browser for which the test was created and optimized. You should also use the mouse to click on the appropriate answers and to navigate the test, not the keyboard. No calculators are allowed on this test; the questions are designed to test your math ability without a calculator. Remember, this test is to determine which math class you should begin with in order to succeed in college; cheating or using a calculator on this exam will only hurt your college career and possibly keep you from graduating in a timely manner.

Once you are at a PC and are ready to take the test, do the following:

  1. Open Internet Explorer. You should have activated your email account at Lock Haven and changed your password before you attempt to take the test. (Go to the Computing Center web site for additional information.)
  2. Type in the URL web address: https://lhu.desire2learn.com/d2l/login .  Make certain you are ready to begin before continuing!
  3. Enter your user name (part of Lock Haven email address before @lhup.edu) and password and hit log In. If the login is successful you will see a link to  the Math Placement Exam  under the tab for My Courses. Click on the link.
  4. Read announcement carefully and click the software check link. You will see a short quiz for software check.  Answer those questions and save your answers before hitting the submit button.   This will take you to the link for Part 1- Math Placement Test  (Another way of accessing Part 1- Math Placement test is to click on Assessments and from the drop down list click on Quizzes).
  5. Answer the questions in Part1-Math Placement Test to the best of your ability. Save your ansers and submit your test.  If your score is 60% or higher on part 1 then you will see a link to Part 2 of placement test. Similarly if you have a score 60% or higher in part 2 then you can access part 3 and so on up to part 4.
  6.  Remember that we do NOT expect you to be able to answer all questions; if you do not know what the question is asking, DO NOT PANIC! Simply leave the question blank and proceed to the next question.
  7. At the end of each part , you will be asked to print your score for your record.
  8. Finally, after completing the test and viewing and/or printing your results, please close all open windows.
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