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Math Proficiency Exam


The Math Proficiency exam will only be offered twice in an academic year. It is scheduled to be offered in November around the time of Spring pre-registration and prior to the Fall pre-registration in April.

For the Spring 2017 semester, the exam is tentatively scheduled to be administered on Saturday, April 15th from 9:00 to 11:00 am. All students must pre-register in 501 EWG before noon on the Wednesday prior to the exam date. The location will be announced when students register. Students may only take the exam once.

You must bring pencils, eraser, a calculator and your student ID to the exam. Calculators are not provided at the exam.

NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES WILL BE ALLOWED with the exception of a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator or a scientific calculator. No phone calculators can be used. No devices with internet access. No calculators with a alphabet keyboard. No electronic English translators can be used. All phones must be turned off and stowed in a separate backpack or purse and cannot be accessed during the exam.

This exam is designed to allow students with a good mathematical background satisfy the College of Arts and Science BA math skills requirement without taking a mathematics course. (Other colleges may or may not allow this math waiver; you should check with your advisor or dean.) If you are interested, please check with your advisor that this test will apply to your program.

This test covers roughly the same content as Math 114 College Mathematics and Statistics. The test consists of 30 multiple-choice questions covering algebra, functions, linear systems, and statistics. (A more complete list is provided below.) Twenty or more questions correctly answered in considered passing. Students are given two hours to take the exam. The results are sent via email to the student and the Registrar's office. Only one attempt is allowed.

Past history suggests that some preparation is necessary to achieve a passing score. Reviewing a Precalculus or College Algebra text and a Statistics text would be helpful. The current Math 114 textbooks would work well. Intermediate algebra skills are assumed. The concepts covered by the Math Proficiency Exam include:

  • Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
  • Solving Equations and Inequalities
  • Solving Systems of Equations including word problems and applications (including three equations with three unknowns)
  • Linear and Quadratic Functions and their Characteristics
  • Finding Equations of Lines
  • Exponential and Logarithmic Functions: Definitions and Solving Equations
  • Functions: Definition, Domain, Range, Zeros, Notation, Using Graph
  • Mathematical Models including Profit, Revenue and Cost applications
  • Measures of Central Tendency: Mean, Median, Mode
  • Measures of Dispersion: Variance, Standard Deviation, Range
  • Relative Frequencies
  • Normal Probability Distributions


A working scientific calculator is required

​Calculators will not be provided at the exam. Also bring your student ID and a number two pencil.

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Math Proficiency Exam
  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • University of Delaware
  • 501 Ewing Hall
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2653