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U of S Dept of Math and Statistics now has students entering maths programs write a 30 question, one-time entrance exam.  This is a high stakes test as the University may refuse students entrance to math courses based on a failing grade on this one-time, multiple choice test.

Here are the instructions on the main page

Welcome to the Math Placement Test

The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has developed an on-line Mathematics Placement Test (MPT) that is specifically designed to assess competency on precalculus mathematics, and to determine whether the student has the necessary prerequisites for succeeding in University calculus courses. The test consists of thirty multiple-choice questions to be completed in 70 minutes, precisely timed by the computer. It is closed-book and closed-notes, and calculators are not allowed.

Students who are registered in Math 110, 121, 123 and 125, which are introductory calculus courses, are required to write the MPT. Students who skip the MPT without explicit permission from the Department Head of Math & Stats may be dropped from the course or have their calculus grade withheld. This has been a mandatory assessment for all students in Math 110/121/123/125 since 2007.

     The topics covered on the MPT are:

  • Arithmetic Skills
  • Basic Algebra and Functions
  • Geometry & Trigonometry
  • Exponential & Logarithmic Functions

Students who wish to review concepts and practise on mathematical techniques that the actual test will focus on may visit the following site to take a sample test: Sample Math Placement Test

Here is a link to the main test page and the online sample test