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Frequently Asked
Questions

WHO

Who takes the placement exam?
 Based on SAT scores and majors, some
students will take the placement exam at summer orientation; others will
be placed directly into the MATH020090 sequence.
 Students who are transferring their
majors from Liberal Arts to the Sciences would need to take the test to see
if they are ready for Precalculus or Calculus.
Who can I contact to answer my questions?

WHAT 
What is Math Placement?
Every student
must take a math course. Math placement is based on: a student's major
and on the score on the Accuplacer test and/or SAT/ACT.
A high enough score will place students into their required course. Lower
scores will place students into the remedial sequence MATH020/090. Examples of
required courses are:

Mathematics and Physics majors take MATH211
(Calculus).

Most other science majors take MATH105
(College Algebra) and MATH106 (Trigonometry), before possibly continuing to
MATH211 (Calculus). Some freshmen who score very well on the placement
tests, take the accelerated MATH107 (Precalculus) instead of 105/106.

Most education majors (especially El
Ed) take MATH110 (Math Reasoning)

Nursing majors take MATH260
(Elements of Statistics).

Business Administration students
take MATH150 (Applied Mathematics for Business).

Most other students, and all General
Studies students, take MATH104 (Finite Mathematics) (Students should consult
their advisors.)
What changes have been made to
remediation?
Letter explaining the improvements we made to remediation in 2014

WHEN 
When are placements tests
given?
 Summer orientations group testing
times are scheduled in the mornings, in Library lab 114
 Individual tests:
Main campus  2nd floor of the library  contact Fai
Howard at success@edinboro.edu
Porreco campus  Janet Bowker (bowker@edinboro.edu)
or Bruce Skolnick (skolnick@edinboro.edu).
When should I take my required math
course?
Every student will need to take at least one math course. Please follow the
timetable below:
 Take the Math Placement
exam at Freshmen Orientation in June or July.
 Sign up for math your first
semester  especially if you place in a developmental course.
 If you place in MATH020,
then take MATH020 your first semester, then MATH090, and then your required math your third semester.
(Please note that the
MATH020
/MATH090 sequence is flexiblypaced. Finishing it can take anywhere from one to
three semesters, depending on your need).

WHERE

Where is the test given? Can I take it at home?

The test
is proctored and must be taken at one of our
campuses (main campus in Edinboro or Erie)

It is
given in the Library lab 114 during summer orientation, or contact
Fai Howard's office for an individual appointment (email
success@edinboro.edu or call 8147322218) at
the
Academic Success Center

No, as it
must be proctored, the test can not be taken at home, only on campus.

STUDYING 
Can I study for the placement exam?

Yes. To study on your own,
study arithmetic and algebra. In particular, negative
numbers, fractions, order of operations, exponents, factoring, graphing,
equations,... or

Visit Accuplacer's site at:
http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/accuplacersamplequestionsforstudents.pdf
or
http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/accuplacer/accuplacersamplequestionsforstudents.pdf

Purchase the Accuplacer Study App from
itunes for your iPhone, iPod or
iPad. Science students take
the CLM (College Level Math), and all students take the ELALG
(Elementary Algebra).

Go to
https://store.collegeboard.org and
type ACCUPLACER WebBased Study App into Search. Cost is $2.99.

Please note that calculators are NOT allowed on the test.

RETAKES

Can I makeup the exam if I didn't
take it at orientation? If so, when?
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 can prove that the
test doesn't accurately reflect your abilities (for example, by providing a
transcript that shows excellent mastery of algebra), then you may be allowed a second try.
Email success@edinboro.edu or call the
Academic Success Center 8147322218.
(Please bring your transcript with you as we do not have them on file in our department.)

BEFORE
YOU BEGIN CLASSES HERE: If you want to appeal and retest, you can do this once  provided you show us transcripts of past math success that
indicate you should be placed higher.

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

ONCE YOU'VE BEGUN MATH104: If
you placed into a freshmen class, such as MATH104, and wish to change your
major to Science, you will want to retake the test to see if you can place
into Precalculus or Calculus. For
an individual retest, email
success@edinboro.edu or call the
Academic Success Center 8147322218.

We don't allow third
attempts on the placement exam, and we do not override the results of the placement exam.

OTHER QUESTIONS

How do I know my placement?

Placement is made at the end of the test. You will
get a printout. Please keep this and/or record the result for future
reference.

If you get a
“prereq” error when
trying to schedule, you were not placed to take this class. You
were probably placed for
MATH020 (Remedial
Algebra I). For further
information on your placement, call the Math Department or
Academic Success Center 8147322218.
If my major calls for MATH104, Finite
Mathematics, but I wish to take a harder class, can I do so?

Your score and your major may
automatically place you for MATH104. However, with the permission of your
advisor and of the Placement Director Dr Sylvester (msylvester@edinboro.edu) , you may be
allowed to schedule for a more advanced course.
Can I test out of MATH104?
Is algebra required for MATH104?

Yes, algebra is required for most of the topics in Finite.
Students are expected to be proficient with formulas and deductive reasoning at
the beginning of the course.

Based on placement testing, some students who have never
mastered high school algebra (or who do not remember it) will be required to
take either the selfpaced remedial algebra sequence (
MATH020
/MATH090) in order to prepare
for their first college math course (usually MATH104, 105, 107, 110, or 150).
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.

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