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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 Fall 2020 semester, the Math Proficiency Exam is scheduled to be administered on Nov 7, 2020 on campus in a "live" proctored environment (i.e. a specified room on Newark campus where all distancing guidelines can be followed).  It will be cancelled if the campus closes or other distancing guidelines are invoked that preclude the administration of exams in a live proctored environment. All students must take the exam on campus at the specified campus location and date/time. There are no options for taking the exam at another time, off-campus (at a distance), or electronically.   

Prior to registration of the exam, students should check with their adviser or college advisement center to determine if this exam is appropriate for their particular program.   

Interested students must sign up on or before Nov. 4, 2020 by contacting L. Popowich through email at lpop@udel.edu.  Include your full name, student ID number, email address, and college.  Information regarding the location of the exam will be sent via email. 

Please monitor this site for updates in case the exam is cancelled.  If cancelled, the next administration of the exam will be in April 2021. 

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:

  • Solving linear equations and inequalities
  • Finding equations of lines
  • Solving word problems resulting in linear or quadratic equations and inequalities
  • Definition of a function, domain, range, zeros, notation, composition, piece-wise, inverse and reading graph
  • Linear and quadratic functions and their characteristics
  • Linear and quadratic regression
  • Application of linear and quadratic functions
  • Exponential and logarithmic functions: definitions, equations, properties, and applications
  • Measures of central tendency: mean, median, mode
  • Measures of dispersion: variance, standard deviation, range
  • Relative frequencies
  • Basic probability
  • Normal probability distributions

Note: 

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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  • Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • University of Delaware
  • 501 Ewing Hall
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2653
  • math-questions@udel.edu