Math Placement Assessment

Beginning with the 2007 academic year, all students intending to take mathematics courses at LHU (including transfer students) are required to take the Mathematics Placement Assessment designed and implemented by the Department of Mathematics. You will not be able to register for mathematics courses without appropriate placement test scores. The placement test is administered online and you can take it from home, in a computer lab, or in the Mathematics Department. Follow the links on the right and review the information below to learn about the placement test, suggestions on how to prepare for the test, and instructions for logging onto and taking the test.

Notes on the placement test:

1. There is a slight delay between the time that you take the test and when the results are recorded in your account in the CARS registration database. You may have to wait one or two days between taking the test and being able to register for the courses into which your test results place you.

General Information

The mathematics placement test is designed to determine which mathematics course you should sign up for in the fall semester in order to have the greatest chance of succeeding in your mathematics and science classes. You are not expected to know all of the answers to the questions on the placement test, so if during the test you are asked something that is not familiar or that you do not know how to answer, DO NOT PANIC! Answer the question to the best of your ability and move on to the next question. DO NOT guess if you don’t know the answer, simply leave the question blank and move on.

Test Sections

Section 1:

Addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of real numbers; fractions, decimals, ratios and percentages

Section 2:

Basic properties of algebra involving variables; exponents and radicals; solving basic equations; adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and factoring polynomials; basic inequalities

Section 3:

Properties of algebraic expressions; exponents and radicals; absolute values; solving equations and systems of equations; linear equations (slopes, intercepts, equations of lines); solving inequalities and systems of inequalities; graphing equations

Section 4:

Functions (graphing, domain and range, evaluation); trigonometry (both radian and degree measure); logarithms

Math Placement Test Review Material

The following is a list of resources you may want to use to prepare for the mathematics placement test. The first three sections of the test are algebraic in nature; the fourth section deals with topics most commonly covered in a precalculus course. Any algebra text and/or precalculus text should contain the appropriate topics and provide enough review material for the placement test, so it is NOT necessary for you to study these particular texts. These are simply suggestions.

Sections 1 and 2:

Developmental Mathematics by Bittinger & Beecher, 9th Edition, ISBN: 978-0321997173, Publisher: Pearson.

Section 3:

Algebra for College Students by Kaufmann & Schwitters, 8th Edition, ISBN:  0495105104, Publisher:  Pearson/Addison Wesley.

Section 4:

Precalculus by Larson & Hostetler, 9th Edition, ISBN:  978-1133949015, Publisher:  Brooks Cole.


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Dr. Muhammad Aslam
421 Robinson Learning Center, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2198

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