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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 Saturday, November 7, 2020 from 9:00-11:15 am. The exam will be proctored live through Zoom and will be administered online through Canvas with the Respondus Lockdown Browser. A Windows computer, a Mac computer or an iPad is required to take the exam, and a second device is required to join the Zoom exam room. A Chromebook cannot be used to take this exam. Check the system requirements page for the Lockdown Browser.

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 Linda Popowich through email at lpop@udel.edu.  Include your full name, student ID number, email address, and college. Students will receive more information via UD email about a week before the exam, including how to set up the Respondus Lockdown Browser, how to access the exam in Canvas, and details about the check in and check out process.  Please monitor your email and this site in case there are any changes.

Materials – permitted and required

As explained above, you will need a computer (Windows/Mac) or an iPad to take the exam. Since Lockdown Browser prevents Zoom from running, you will need a second device to join the Zoom room. Other than that, you are only permitted to use the following materials during the exam:

  • Pen, pencil, eraser and scrap paper.
  • A scientific or graphing calculator.  
  • The Desmos online graphing calculator.

You will need a graphing calculator that can perform regression. A TI-84, TI-83 or TI-82 suffices. The Desmos graphing calculator can perform regression as well. You will receive additional instructions on using Desmos to perform regression a week before the exam.

No books or notes are allowed. NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES ARE ALLOWED, other than the devices used to complete the exam and join the Zoom exam room, and a scientific or graphing calculator. Prohibited devices include but are not limited to:

  • Any device with internet access, such as smart phones and smart watches.
  • Headphones and ear buds.
  • Electronic English translators. 
  • Extra monitor screens and TV screens.

You must present a photo ID for identification. Students who cannot present a photo ID will not be allowed to take the exam.

Preparing for the exam

This exam is designed to allow students with a good mathematical background to 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 is 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 results suggest 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, piecewise functions, inverse functions and reading graph
  • Linear and quadratic functions and their characteristics
  • Linear and quadratic regression
  • Applications 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

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