Mathematics Placement Examination
Who needs to take the mathematics placement exam?
The Mathematics Placement Exam is strongly recommended for all undergraduate students. The Core Curriculum Requirement which applies to all undergraduate students regardless of their major or college includes 6 hours of Mathematics. Most of the courses that can be used to satisfy this requirement demand some basic skills in Mathematics, particularly Algebra.
Even if a student needs to take a course for which the Placement Exam cannot be used as a prerequisite, the Exam can provide valuable information as to whether a student is ready for a particular course.
The Mathematics Placement Exam can be used to satisfy prerequisites for four courses: Math 1451 (Calculus I), Math 1350 (Analytical Geometry), Math 1331 (Introductory Mathematical Analysis II), and Math 2345 (Introduction to Statistics with Applications to Business). In all of these cases there are other ways to meet the prerequisites. The Mathematics Placement Exam is most often used to satisfy prerequisites for Math 1451 (Calculus I). Further details are given below.
When should the mathematics placement exam be taken?
Ideally, incoming students should take the Mathematics Placement Exam online before coming to their orientation. For students entering from high school, it is best to take the exam while previous work in Mathematics is still relatively fresh in their minds. Failure to take the exam prior to orientation may cause delays in registration. In the past, students have had to, sometimes, radically adjust their schedules and plans in the middle of an orientation after taking the placement examination at the orientation.
The Placement Exam is also available on-line and in person (proctored) starting before periods of advance registration for the Fall and Spring semesters and continuing through add/drop period for these semesters. Students who are continuing students (not newly admitted) should take the proctored placement exam in the Mathematics Department.
Courses for which the placement exam may be used as a prerequisite:
|Math 1331 (Introductory Mathematical Analysis II)||Prerequisites: Code 4 or higher on math placement exam or a score of at least 610 on the SATM or a score of at least 26 on the ACTM or a grade of C of better in MATH 1330 or MATH 1430|
|Math 1350 (Analytical Geometry)||Prerequisites: MATH 1321 or a Code 6 or higher on math placement exam or a score of at least 660 on the SATM or a score of at least 29 on the ACTM|
|Math 1451 (Calculus I)||Prerequisites: Code 7 on the math placement exam or a or a score of at least 660 on the SATM or a score of at least 29 on the ACTM or a grade of a C or better in [MATH 1321 and Code 5 on the math placement exam] or MATH 1550 or MATH 1350|
|Math 2345 (Introduction to Statistics with Applications to Business)||Prerequisites: Code 4 or higher on math placement exam or a score of at least 610 on the SATM or a score of at least 26 on the ACTM or a grade of a C or better in MATH 1330 or MATH 1430|
Courses for which the placement exam is advisory
Students may register for the following courses if they are TSI-compliant. That is, if they are deemed college-ready by the TSI office. (Students who are not TSI-compliant will be notified by the TSI office.)
|Math 1300 (Contemporary Mathematics)||Recommended placement code: 3|
|Math 1320 (College Algebra)||Recommended placement code: 3|
|Math 1321 (Trigonometry)||Recommended placement code: 4|
|Math 1330 (Introductory Mathematical Analysis I)||Recommended placement code: 3|
|Math 1550 (Pre-Calculus)||Recommended placement code: 3|
|Math 2300 (Statistical Methods)||Recommended placement code: 4|
The examination may be taken more than once subject to the following restrictions:
- It may be taken at most once on any given day;
- On-line, over the internet, it may be taken at most twice.
The Mathematics Placement Examination is administered in one of two formats:
- On-campus in a proctored setting, according to the exam schedule
- On-line prior to summer orientations and during the Christmas break.
Questions about the Mathematics Placement Examination may be directed to Tiffany Frias at firstname.lastname@example.org or (806) 742-2566. Technical support issues should be directed to Collin Smith at email@example.com or (806) 834-3444.
A calculator may be used while taking the placement examination. The primary focus of the Mathematics Placement Examination is on assessing arithmetic and algebraic manipulative skills and not on calculator or computer proficiency. The examination is structured so that while calculator proficiency may help a student with some of the questions assessing arithmetic skills, successful completion of the exam will reflect how well a student has retained his or her algebra skills.
The following resources are available for students needing a review.
Students matriculating to the university in a Fall semester will typically take the Mathematics Placement Examination on-line, prior to their new student orientation or else on-campus during their new student orientation. The on-campus examination is administered on the first day of each orientation.
Students matriculating to the university in a Spring semester or a Summer term will typically take the Mathematics Placement Examination on-line, prior to coming to Texas Tech or else during the open registration prior to the start of the Spring semester or Summer term, respectively.
Students whose placement score do not match their expectations may retake the mathematics placement examination during the period of open registration prior to the beginning of each semester or term. The retakes of the placement examinations will be administered by the Department of Mathematics. Students desiring to retake the placement examination should consult the administration schedule for testing times and locations.
University policy states that to be admitted to certain entry-level mathematics course (1331, 1350, 1451, 2345), a student must meet one of the following prerequisites:
- Students who have a sufficiently high SAT Mathematics score or ACT Mathematics score (click here for scores required for particular courses) may enroll in any of these entry-level courses.
- Students who have collegiate credit for the appropriate prerequisite course from Texas Tech or an accredited community college, junior college or university may enroll in the sequelled entry-level mathematics course.
- Students who satisfactorily pass the Mathematics Placement Examination may enroll in the appropriate entry-level mathematics course.
For many students, achieving a satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Examination is the most direct and effective way to satisfy one of these prerequisites. The placement examination has one goal: to place the student in the course which best matches the student's university major and the student's skill level. The examination directs the student to the course he or she wishes to take or to a course which develops the necessary prerequisite skills for the required courses in his or her degree program.