
Math Placement
Frequently Asked
Questions

WHO

Who takes the placement exam?
 Based on SAT scores and
high school mathematics background and intended major, some
students will
go directly to MATH020 sequence. Others will go directly to MATH104 (Finite)
or MATH110 (Math Reasoning).
 Students needing to take
College Algebra or Business Calculus will take the
ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA placement exam at summer orientation  to determine
whether they start in developmental math (MATH020090) or in college math.
 Incoming and transfer
Science students will take the COLLEGE LEVEL MATH test  to determine
whether they start in developmental math, college algebra, precalculus, or
calculus.
Who can answer my questions?

WHAT 
What is Math Placement? What is
remediation?
 Most majors require at least one college math course.
 To enroll in any course above MATH020,
students need to either have the appropriate prerequisite course and/or the
correct math placement.
 The math courses you take are based on
your major.
Click here to see math class your major requires.
 Based on the placement test, some students will have to take remedial
math first. It is flexiblypaced and can be completed in one to three
semesters. We use Hawkes Learning, and the course is offered oncampus fall,
spring, and summer.
Click here for an
explanation of our new
remedial program.

WHEN 
When are placements tests
given?
 Summer orientations group testing
times are scheduled in the mornings, in Library lab 114
 Individual tests are
given in the library for makeups and major changes. Contact Fai
Howard at success@edinboro.edu .
 Testing at Porreco
campus is done by
Janet Bowker (bowker@edinboro.edu)
or Bruce Skolnick (skolnick@edinboro.edu).
 If you wish to review
math over the summer, you could take the placement exam in July or August instead of
at the June Orientation. Times will be posted at
the
Academic Success Center or available at success@edinboro.edu
.

WHERE

Where is the test given?

HOW TO PREPARE 
How should I prepare for the placement exam?
It is recommended that you review arithmetic
and high school algebra before the test. Here are a few options:

Free
tutorials at
www.khanacademy.org/math .
All students should look at arithmetic, prealgebra, algebra basics, and
algebra I. Advanced students should also look at geometry, algebra II,
and trigonometry.

Free
tutorials at
https://www.udacity.com/course/introalgebrareviewma004 . The
videos and exercises cover arithmetic and algebra.

Free
sample questions from Accuplacer can be downloaded at
accuplacersamplequestionsforstudents.pdf . For algebra, look at
pages 1113 (with answers on page 26). For college level math, look at
pages 1315 (with answers on page 25).

Inexpensive study apps are available from Accuplacer and itunes:
https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/prepareforaccuplacer

TOPICS
for the ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA (ELALG) test. This covers computation with
integers and rationals, absolute values, ordering; algebraic expressions,
multiplying and dividing polynomials, exponents, factoring; solving
equations, inequalities, word problems, quadratic equations, and verbal
problems presented in an algebraic context.

TOPICS
for the COLLEGE LEVEL MATH (CLM) test. Those planning to take college
precalculus should also review:: algebraic operations, solutions of
equations and inequalities, coordinate geometry, applications and other
algebra topics, functions, and trigonometry.

Please remember that calculators are NOT allowed on the test.

RETAKE POLICY

Can I retake the test if I don't like my
placement?

Students
generally take the test only once. So please take it seriously. It will
determine if you are required to take extra math courses. If you missed
orientation, email
success@edinboro.edu or call the
Academic Success Center 8147322218.

BEFORE
YOU BEGIN CLASSES HERE: If you think your score does not reflect your
ability, you could review on your own, and then appeal to retest. You can do this once  provided you
have not yet started MATH020 and that you provide us proof that
indicates you should be placed higher. Email success@edinboro.edu
(Please bring your transcript or proof that you believe you will
score better the second time.) We do not allow third attempts at testing.

ONCE YOU'VE BEGUN MATH020090
AT EDINBORO: It is now too late to retest in order to bypass MATH020. Instead,
you should finish the course. The MATH020090
sequence is self paced, and you can finish it as quickly as you can show mastery for each unit.

MAJOR CHANGES: If
you placed into MATH104 but wish to change your
major to Science, you may need to retake to place
into Precalculus or Calculus. Email
success@edinboro.edu .

OTHER QUESTIONS

How do I know my placement?
Can I test out of MATH104 or take a harder course?

Yes, as with any college course, you may
pass a course by exam. Forms and procedures are available at Records and
Registration or in the Mathematics Department.

You could
also take a harder course than your major suggests.
Contact Placement Director Dr Sylvester (msylvester@edinboro.edu)
to discuss this.
Where can I find a tutor?

We have
free tutoring about 20
hours a week every semester, staffed by our majors. Tutoring is held
in the Library Lab 114 and in Ross 128 and Ross 130 (Math Resource Center). The schedule is listed
on the door, and it always includes many afternoon and evening hours.








