Algebra Placement Exam - 

The Algebra Placement Exam is open now and you can click on the link below to take the exam online.

Do I need to take the Algebra Placement Exam?

If you have

  • already taken the Algebra Placement Exam and scored 60/100 (= 60% which is the passing score), or
  • earned a 530 or above on the Math portion of the SAT, or
  • a 21 or higher on the Math portion of the ACT, or
  • have transferred in a Math course from another institution that was accepted to cover what is required by your major, or
  • passed (with a C or better) MATH 095

then you are not required to take the Algebra Placement Exam.

Majors that must take the Algebra Placement Exam:

Accounting
Architecture
Aviation Management
Biology (also need to take the Calculus Placement Exam)
Biology, Pre-Professional (also need to take the Calculus Placement Exam)
Biology, Pre-Chiropractic (also need to take the Calculus Placement Exam)
Biology, Secondary Education (also need to take the Calculus Placement Exam)
Biotechnology (also need to take the Calculus Placement Exam)
Business Information Technology
Communication Sciences & Disorders
Computer Science (also need to take the Calculus Placement Exam)
Criminal Justice
Early Childhood/Special Education
Elementary Education
Environmental Design in Architecture
Environmental Science
Exercise Science
Financial Planning
Hospitality Management
Information Security (also need to take the Calculus Placement Exam)
International Business
Management
Marketing
Mathematics (also need to take the Calculus Placement Exam)
Mathematics, Secondary Education (also need to take the Calculus Placement Exam)
Medical Laboratory Science
Nursing
Nutrition & Dietitics
Nutrition & Dietetics/Spanish
Pre-Physician Assistant (also need to take the Calculus Placement Exam)
Retail Business Management
Social Work
Special Education
Special Education/Elementary Education

Information about the Exam:

If you take the Algebra Placement Exam and do not earn a 60% or better, then you must take MATH 095 and earn a C or better before you can take the following major-related Math courses:

MATH 130 - Mathematics for Contemporary Society

MATH 150 - Architectural Mathematics

MATH 155 - Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences

MATH 160 - Analysis of Functions (Pre-calculus)

Please note that MATH 120 does not have any prerequisites because the Algebra content in this course is rather minimal. However, there are a few students that have still found the class to be a bit beyond their comfort level in math. If you are feeling nervous about your preparation for this class, please feel free to take the Algebra Placement Exam.

For those current Marywood students who need additional preparation before you think you will be ready for college level math classes, or if you are just not sure, we will still offer the opportunity for you to take the Algebra Placement Exam as a completely voluntary self-evaluation tool. 

The Algebra Placement Exam is offered online. 

If you have questions or concerns when you log in, please contact Dr. Tom Kent, Chairperson of the Mathematics and Computer Science department, tfkent@marywood.edu, or (570)348-6211 ext. 2278.

Taking the Exam:

You may choose to take it at any time. You only have one attempt allowed. Once you start the exam, you must finish it within 90 minutes.You are expected to complete the exam independently, WITHOUT a calculator, and without the use of google, etc. This is for your own benefit! By following these guidelines, both you and the Math department will have a better feel for how prepared you are for the class. Most importantly, you will be able to determine if you "really" know the material. It is always frustrating for a student when they end up in a college level math class for which they are not prepared. We hope for all of our students to avoid this situation.

When you take the exam, please note that the exam is divided into several pages (5 problems on each page). When you finish each page, simply go on to the next page (by clicking on the page number). Do not click on the GRADE TEST button until you are ready to submit your exam and receive your final score. However, be sure to click on GRADE TEST button before your time expires (90 minutes) or you may not receive full credit for your work.

How to find the Exam:

You can find the Algebra Placement Exam by connecting to the Marywood WebWork server at: http://math2.marywood.edu/webwork2/Placement_Exam/

Your username is the first part of your email address (without the @m.marywood.edu) and your password is your Marywood ID # (including the zero). 

After you login, click on "Take Algebra Placement Exam."

What does the Exam cover?

The Algebra Placement Exam covers a variety of topics that are covered in Pre-Algebra I, and Algebra II. Some of these topics are:

Arithmetic with whole numbers
Arithmetic with fractions
Exponents
Absolute Value
Solving for x in linear equations
Solving for x in quadratic equations
Percentages
Rounding
A bit of function notation
Equations of lines
Factoring numbers
Factoring equations
Distributing
Plotting points
Area
Perimeter

How will I know if I passed the Exam?

Once you grade your exam, you will be presented with a score. Please write this down and remember this score!  A passing score is considered to be a 60%. Additionally, the Chairperson of the Mathematics and Computer Science department will email you with your grade after the exam has closed.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Dr. Tom Kent, Chairperson of the Mathematics and Computer Science department, tfkent@marywood.edu, or (570)348-6211 ext. 2278.