Undergraduate Admissions - Mathematics Placement Testing
What is the purpose of the Mathematics Placement Exam?
Student pursing a degree through one of Lindenwood’s online programs, please refer to the ProctorU tutorial document or visit ProctorU’s Lindenwood portal for detailed instructions on how to reserve an appointment. Students must reserve an appointment with ProctorU before they are allowed to attempt the exam. Please note that the online placement exam is only available for online students.Which Mathematics Placement Exam should I take?
The specific placement exam taken by each student is determined by his/her anticipated area of study. Students who plan to major in a field requiring MTH 14800 or above, including Biology, Chemistry, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Exercise Science, Mathematics, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Medicine, or Pre-Nursing, should prepare to take one of the Algebra-Calculus placement exams. Students majoring in any other area, and those students who have not yet decided on a major, should prepare to take the General Education placement exam.
What is the exam format?
Students are allotted 40 minutes to complete the exam. Once the student completes the exam, the exam will be graded and that student will be given a placement form. This form will outline the suggested mathematics course based upon the student’s results. Calculators are NOT allowed on any mathematics placement exam--these questions are designed to test knowledge and understanding of algebra, as well as calculation skills.
How can I prepare for the Mathematics Placement Exam?
Students may retake the mathematics placement exam once per semester. Students must wait at least thirty (30) days, following the first attempt, to retake any math placement exam. Students are welcome to use the WCOnline Scheduling System if interested in signing up for a retake of any math placement exam (Note: In the “Choose a schedule” drop down menu, students must select “St. Charles Mathematics Placement”). Please indicate in the notes that a retake is desired and the math placement administrator will contact you with available times.
Can the Mathematics Placement score be used to show proficiency in a particular math course?
No. The math placement exams are for placement purposes only. These tests will NOT be used to show proficiency. Students who wish to validate math proficiency via examination should contact the Lindenwood University Mathematics Department for more information regarding this process.