Placement Test FAQs



Q: What is required to take the Math Placement Test?

A: Students will need:

  • - use this link to enroll in the Canvas course to take the placement test (it’s free!); you will also find detailed instructions, a practice test, and review material in the course
  • a quiet location where you will not be interrupted
  • a valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID, etc.)
  • technology requirements:
    • a computer with a webcam and microphone (required for proctoring)
    • a strong internet connection
    • Chrome web browser
    • Proctorio extension for Chrome (you will download this extension once enrolled in the Canvas course)


Q: What if I don’t have a webcam?

A: A webcam is required to proctor the Placement Test.  You can make arrangements to borrow a computer with a webcam (or just USB webcam) from a friend/family member.  Current students can submit a request to IT for equipment.


Q: Can I use a calculator during the Placement Test?

A: No, calculators are not allowed.  We need to gauge your knowledge of math skills, including basic arithmetic, in order to properly assess where to place you in a math course.


Q: Is there a time limit to complete the Placement Test?

A: Yes, students will have 120 minutes to complete the test.  Once you begin the test, you cannot leave the testing page and return to finish later.  So, you should be sure that you have blocked out time in your schedule to complete the test before you begin.


Q: I have a documented disability that allows me more time to complete tests.  Can I use this accommodation on the Placement Test?

A: Students with documented disabilities should contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC).  The DRC staff will work with you to determine what accommodations are appropriate to allow you to demonstrate your current knowledge of mathematics.


Q: What is the required score on the Math Placement Test to obtain the pre-requisite for Math 1130, Math 1710 or Math 2150?

A: Students need to achieve a score of 75% on the Math Placement Test to be eligible to register for Math 1130, Math 1710 or Math 2150.


Q: When will I know my score on the Placement Test?

A: Students will receive their score immediately after submitting the Placement Test.  Passing scores must be transferred by the Math Department to your UTC record. However, it will take 2-3 business days for your score to appear on your UTC record on MyMocsNet so you can register for a course.


Q: When can I take the Placement Test?

A: No appointment is needed. You can take the Placement Test anytime, but you are encouraged to work through the practice test found on the Placement Test Canvas Course and review any skills you found challenging first.


Q: How many times can I take the Placement Test?

A: You can take the Placement Test a maximum of two times. Each attempt will generate a new set of questions.  


Q: How long do I have to wait to re-take the Placement Test?

A:  You must wait at least 7 days before re-taking the Placement Test.  Be sure to use this time to review the skills you struggled with on your first attempt.  Re-taking the test without additional review will likely not result in an improved score. 


Q: How many questions are on the Placement Test?

A: There are 40 questions on the Placement Test.  The questions will be a combination of multiple choice, graphing, and fill-in-the-blank questions.


Q: Does everyone need to take the Placement Test?

A: No, you only need to take the Placement Test if you need to take Math 1130, Math 1710 or Math 2150 for your major, but do not have the pre-requisite to take the course.





Q: What are the other options for pre-requisites to register for Math 1130, Math 1710 or Math 2150?

A: You can find all options for obtaining the pre-requisites for Math 1130, Math 1710 or Math 2150 here.  


Q: What if I took the SAT instead of the ACT?  Or what if I took both the ACT and SAT, and my SAT Math subscore is better than my ACT Math subscore?

A: SAT Math subscores are also accepted to satisfy pre-requisites.  Be sure you have sent your scores to UTC so they appear on your official record.  The list of pre-requisites shows the minimum SAT Math subscore requirements.


Q: Can I take Math 1010 to satisfy the pre-requisite for Math 1130, Math 1710 or Math 2100?

A: No, Math 1010 is a terminal course – it does not satisfy the pre-requisite for any other course.


Q: I am undecided on my major, but I want to go ahead and take a math course.  Which course should I take? 

A: You should consult with your advisor.  All students must complete a general education math course to complete their degree requirements.  Your advisor will be able to help you make the best decision for a math course to satisfy the general education math requirement based on your potential options in choice of major and your current pre-requisites.


Q: I took a developmental math course at a community college and earned a C, but I still cannot register for Math 1130, Math 1710 or Math 2150.  What should I do?

A: Credit from other institutions does not automatically transfer, so be sure that you have requested your community college send your transcript to UTC. If you have requested your transcript be sent, check MyMocsNet to see if your transfer credit has appeared on your UTC record.  If not, you can submit your unofficial transcript to our department for a pre-requisite override to allow you to register while waiting for your official transfer transcript to be processed.  You can find override information here.


Q: What if my major says that I need to take another course besides Math 1130, Math 1710, or Math 1130?

A: You can check the list of pre-requisites for the math course you need. 

  • If you already satisfied the pre-requisite or there is no pre-requisite, then you can register for the course you need. (Note: no pre-requisite is required for Math 1010: Math in the Modern World or Math 2100: Elementary Statistics.) 
  • If you have not satisfied the pre-requisite for the course you need, you will need to satisfy that requirement to be able to register for the course listed for your major.

For example, suppose you have a Math ACT subscore of 21 and your major requires Math 1830, which has a pre-requisite of Math ACT subscore of 26 or Math 1130 with a grade of C or better.  Since your Math ACT subscore does not meet the requirement, you will need to take Math 1130 first.