To be successful in Math 2130 and Math 2150, students need to have strong arithmetic skills. The existing Math Placement Tests do not have questions covering the background arithmetic needed in Math 2130 and Math 2150, and so are inappropriate for placement into these courses. The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has developed a placement test that does cover these topics. It is simply called the Math 2130/2150 Placement Test. This is the only placement test which addresses arithmetic skills. Students may also qualify to take Math 2130 or 2150 by getting a C or higher in Math 90.
The Math 2130/2150 Placement Test is a one-hour pencil and paper test with no calculators of any kind allowed. There are 30 questions with answer blanks for the students to write in their answers. There are no multiple choice questions. The test is hand scored. Students could write answers in different forms and still be correct; for example, for some questions, both 1/4 and 0.25 would be acceptable.
You can see a set of practice problems here. The BGSU Math and Stats Tutoring Center has materials and tutors to help prepare for the placement test. In many cases, all that will be required is to freshen up one's skills with whole number, fraction and decimal operations, some basic geometry calculations, and proportional reasoning. Many students have not spent time on these topics in years, as they are not emphasized in the high school curriculum. The key for the sample test is also at the Center (available any time the math center is open).
The Math 2130 Placement Test will be offered the third Thursday of every month from September through April (except December*) from 7:30-8:30 PM in Room 210 of the Mathematical Sciences Building. Most students will take the test at these times. Students with class conflicts on Thursday nights should contact Diane Mott (dianeer @ bgsu.edu). After she has verified that the student does have a conflict, she will make alternate test arrangements for that student. Regardless of when the test is taken, students should bring two pencils and a valid student ID. No student will be allowed to take the test without a valid student photo ID.
*The test in December will be given on the first Thursday in December.
Students must get 80% of the questions correct in order to place into Math 2130/2150. The test may be re-taken twice, so that a student has a total of three attempts. After this, the student must enroll in Math 90 and get a C or higher before registering for Math 2130/2150. Math 90 covers essentially all the topics necessary for entry into Math 2130/2150.
Results from the test will be available three school days after the administration of the test. These results can be obtained by coming to the Mathematics and Statistics Department Office, Room 450 in the Mathematical Sciences Building, with a photo ID between 8 AM and 5 PM weekdays.
Please spend time preparing for the test so that you can pass in fewer attempts. More importantly, start taking the test as soon as possible (beginning in September), so that you have time to take and pass the test before you register for classes the next semester.
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