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Mathematics Placement Guidelines for Students and Academic Advisors ## The Mathematics Assessment ProcessIn the Spring of 2013 the Department of Mathematics and Physics implemented with the support of IT an in-house Mathematics Placement Assessment package. The assessment is intended to assist the Department and the University in placing students at the appropriate level to start their course work in mathematics at UNH. The Math Placement Assessment is given online on Blackboard, and is intended to gage student performance and attainment in mathematics ranging from basic math and algebra through calculus. The assessments are given in an unproctored setting intended to put the student at ease about taking another math test. Students should not use a calculator or any other mathematical aid in taking the assessment as the purpose is to discern their correct starting level in mathematics. It is important that students understand the importance of the assessment without becoming overly anxious over it. There is no need to prep for the assessment, however if the student has had any large gap in time since having last done any mathematics, it would be worthwhile to review some of the previous math courses the student has taken. Once the assessment is completed, the student will have a math assessment score that is converted into a math placement in terms of the courses offered in the Department. These are MATH 1103 Fundamental Math, MATH 1104 Quantitative Reasoning, MATH 1108 College Math, MATH 1110 College Algebra, MATH 1115 Pre-Calculus, or MATH 1117 Calculus. These are described more fully on our Math Curriculum page. If there are any technical problems during the assessment process, please contact Alan MacDougall in IT to have the assessment reset. ## Post-Assessment AssessmentThe usual concerns are, 'What if I placed too low?', or 'What if I placed too high?'. Our assessment policies are designed to provide a correct placement of all students, and in cases where the initial assessment and placement seems inconsistent with other existing testing data on the student, this is flagged for advisors to be aware of. Most significantly, if a student feels they placed too low on their assessment, they should contact the Department. In these cases we can provide the student an opportunity to take a Mathematics Challenge Exam.
## The Challenge ExamThe Challenge Exam is a more extensive assessment of the student's math skills at the level just below where they feel they should be placed. For example, if a student believes they should be allowed to start in Calculus I, the Challenge Exam provides an in-depth assessment of the student's math background in pre-calculus. If the student passes the exam with a score of 60% or higher, they are allowed to go on to Calculus I, in this example. There are Challenge Exams for MATH 1103, MATH 1108, MATH 1110, MATH 1115. It is also important to note that students have two opportunities to pass a Challenge Exam. Students are given 2 hours for a Challenge Exam. |