MATHEMATICS SKILL ASSESSMENT TESTS
There are two math skills assessments tests, B and D, which cover algebra and pre-calculus topics. The test questions on both exams are multiple choice, with no partial credit. Each test is 75 minutes long, and students may use any battery-operated calculator (including graphing calculators but not a QWERTY keyboard machine). Topics and sample exam problems may be found here.
The Math D test is given to students with ACT math scores of 25 or higher (SAT math scores of 570 or higher). It includes questions on intermediate and advanced algebra, geometry, and trigonometry and is designed primarily to indicate a student's readiness for calculus. This 25-question test can place students at Course Code L, M, N, or U (undetermined), with the possible placement ranging from Math 148 (Algebra & Trig with Applications) through 151 (Calculus I).
The Math B test is given to students with ACT math scores of 24 or less (SAT math scores of 560 or less). It includes questions on arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. This 40-question test can place a student at Course Codes N, R, S, T, or U (undetermined), with the possible placement ranging from Math 050 (Elementary Algebra) through 148 (Algebra & Trig with Applications).
B. MATH RETEST INFORMATION
Each year, prior to the start of classes Autumn Quarter, the Department of Mathematics provides students with an opportunity to advance their math placement by taking an exam similar to a final over the course of their original placement. Students with scores of 70% or higher are permitted to move to a more advanced course. History has shown, however, that very few students advance a level.
September retesting will be Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 20 and 21, in room Room 160 of the Eighteenth Ave. Building (209 W. 18th Ave.). Information and Registration are on-line at http://www.math.ohio-state.edu/counseling/au_retest.html.
C. ADVANCED PLACEMENT CALCULUS
AB3 students that express concern for registering for math 152.xx may schedule for math 151.xx without special permission from the math counselors. Duplicate hours for 151.xx will only count once toward graduation.
D. PROCEDURES FOR SECTION CHANGES
See Getting Into a Closed Math Course or Changing Sections of a Math Course handout for further information. Each quarter, copies of these procedures are sent to ACADAOS listserv for distribution to academic advisors.
Work Conflicts: Students with work conflicts may request section changes beginning September 6. They need to bring a letter from an employer, on company letterhead, verifying their work hours, to the Math Course Office, room 113 in the Math Building.
Permission to Add/Change sections of filled classes:
Departmental permission to add or change sections will begin on Monday, September 27th in the Course Office, room 113 in the Math Building. Please do not send students over to the Math Department before Sept. 27 to change sections or to add a closed class (unless it is to resolve a work conflict). Prior to September 27, enter the student into the course via the computer or put the student on the waitlist if the course is full.
E. MATH-STAT LEARNING CENTER
MSLC offers free tutoring on a walk-in basis weekdays during AU, WI and SP quarters (not available summer quarter) for lower level mathematics courses. Separate tutor rooms are available for remedial mathematics (Math 50 and 75), Basic College Math (Math 104), Math Analysis for Business (Math 130, 131 and 132), Algebra & Trig with Applications (Math 148), Elementary Functions (Math 150), Introductory Calculus (Math 117, 151.xx, 161.xx and 161.01H) and other Calculus courses (Math 152.xx, 153.xx, 162.xx, 162.01H, 254.xx, 263.xx, and 263.01H). Limited tutoring assistance is also available for Math for Elementary Teachers (105, 106, 107), differential equations (255.xx, 415.xx), linear algebra (568), introduction to higher mathematics (345) and discrete mathematics (366). Tutoring is also available for Stat 133, 135, 145, 245, 427, and 428. Tutor room locations and hours can be found on-line at www.mslc.ohio-state.edu. Some hours may be available the weekend before and during finals week. Be advised that the tutor rooms open Monday of the second week of classes. In addition, many workshops and test review sessions are available to assist students in 104-153.xx. Students are notified by email of these sessions.
For more intensive and one-to-one tutoring assistance, students may hire a private tutor. Click here for the list: Tutors for Hire.