Mathematics Assessment

Mathematics Assessment

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise Department of Mathematics & Computer Science wishes to ensure student success by accurately placing students into mathematics courses for which they are best prepared.  Scores used to place students in the appropriate courses include the SAT, ACT, and/or a Mathematics Assessment.

Note on the Use of Calculators
Mathematics courses at UVa-Wise required on the Calculus track (including prerequisite courses) generally do not allow the use of calculators.

Initial Placement Using SAT and/or ACT

Initial mathematics courses will be assigned by students’ SAT Math and/or ACT Math score, utilizing the highest score achieved.  This initial placement will assign students to either MTH 0900 or MTH 1010, as noted in the chart below:

SATM Score ACTM Score Mathematics Course
Less than 501 Less than 19 MTH 0900*
Mathematics
501 – 520 19-20 MTH 1010 & MTH 1011
College Algebra & College Algebra Recitation
Greater than 520 Greater than 20 MTH 1010
College Algebra

*Mathematics is a credit/no credit course designed to build mathematical skills.

See Course Descriptions for more information.

Students Required to Take the Mathematics Assessment

Students wishing to take a math course numbered higher than MTH 1010 as their first math course at UVa-Wise are REQUIRED to register to take the Mathematics Assessment.  This includes students who are transferring mathematics credit from another college or university, dual enrollment, and/or AP credit.

Additionally, students who wish to improve their initial placement by SAT/ACT may also register to take a Mathematics Assessment, but it is not required.

*Students who are satisfied with their initial placement by SAT/ACT or have transferred math credits that meet the requirements of their intended major (and thus do not need to take any more mathematics) are NOT required to take the Mathematics Placement Assessment.

Math Assessment and Transfer Credits

UVa-Wise recognizes that many students may have transferable math credit (including dual-enrollment courses and AP credit).  Due to our departmental calculator policy, students transferring mathematics credit may have had a different experience in their previous math courses.  Thus, it is important for students to take the Mathematics Assessment in order to assess their knowledge without the use of a calculator.  In doing so, students and advisors will be able to select the mathematics course that is best suited for success.

Students with transferable mathematics credit should discuss the following options with their advisor:

  1. Students may register for the next course for which the prerequisite is satisfied if they feel they are mathematically prepared.
  2. Students who do not feel that they are mathematically prepared for the next course, may register to audit a transferred course previously taken. In doing so, students will be able to refresh their mathematical skills to prepare for future mathematics courses without penalty towards their GPA.

Note:  Students choosing to register for a course they have previously taken may opt to take it for a grade.  However, the most recent grade will be the grade of record for GPA calculation and degree requirements.

Registering for the Mathematics Assessment

Please fill out the form to register to take the Mathematics Assessment.

Testing Dates
April 12
June 7
June 21
July 26
August 19

*Testing dates are subject to change. Please refer back to this web page to verify official testing dates.

Preparing for the Mathematics Assessment

The use of calculators is not allowed on the Mathematics Assessment.

Below is a list of topics that could be covered on the exam.  It is in the students’ best interest to review these topics without the use of a calculator prior to taking the exam to ensure the most accurate assessment of mathematical knowledge.

  • Real numbers (including fractions, integers, and percentages),
  • Equations and inequalities (including linear equations, linear inequalities, systems of linear equations, and quadratic equations),
  • Linear and quadratic functions (including graphs and functions, linear functions, and parabolas),
  • Exponents and polynomials (including integer exponents, polynomial arithmetic, factoring, and polynomial equations),
  • Rational expressions (including rational equations and rational functions),
  • Radical expressions (including higher roots and rational exponents),
  • Exponential and logarithms (including function compositions and inverse functions, properties of logarithms, and logarithmic equations),
  • Geometry and trigonometry (including perimeter, area, and volume, coordinate geometry, trigonometric functions, and identities and equations).

Mathematics Courses Available Per Assessment Score

Below is a list of classes available based on the Mathematics Assessment scores.  These courses are only the first course recommended to incoming students.  Please refer to the College Catalog for a list of all mathematics courses that are required for specific majors.

The following majors require courses on Table 1 – Calculus Track.

MTH 2040 – Calculus 1 MTH 1210 – Precalculus 2 MTH 1110 – Precalculus 1
  • Mathematics
  • Teacher Education with a Mathematics Concentration
  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • The Natural Sciences
  • Management Information Systems
  • Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Economics

 

Students not planning on majoring in the majors listed above, please refer to Table 2.

TABLE 1 – CALCULUS TRACK
SCORES COURSE(S)  AVAILABLE
PART 1 PART 2 PART 3
 0 – 6 N/A N/A See guidance from Table 2 below for scores regarding the MTH 0900 and MTH 1010 courses.
6 0 – 5 N/A MTH 1110 – Precalculus 1
7+ 0 – 7 N/A MTH 1110 – Precalculus 1
8+ 8+ 5+ MTH 1210 – Precalculus 2
8+ 8+ 6+ MTH 2040 – Calculus 1

 

TABLE 2 – NON-CALCULUS TRACK
Liberal Arts Core Requirement
Six credit hours of mathematics courses numbered 1010 or higher

SCORES COURSE(S)  AVAILABLE
PART 1 PART 2A
0 – 4 N/A MTH 0900 – Mathematics
5 – 6 0 – 3 MTH 1010 – College Algebra & MTH 1011 – College Algebra Recitation
5 – 6 4+ MTH 1010 – College Algebra
7+ ANY MTH 1010 – College Algebra
8+ 5+ MTH 1050 – Applications of Mathematics

See Course Descriptions for more information.

Advanced Placement

  • Students who place into MTH 1210 and complete the course with a C or better will also receive credit for MTH 1110. Those who do not get a C or better are advised to take MTH 1110 before repeating MTH 1210.
  • Students who place into MTH 1050 and complete the course with a C or better will also receive credit for MTH 1010.
  • Students who place into MTH 2040 and complete the course with a C or better will also receive credit for MTH 1110 and MTH 1210.

Receiving Scores

Students should expect an email within 2 weeks after taking the Mathematics Assessment that includes the student’s score and information on registering for the appropriate mathematics course.

Practice and Retest

Students who are not satisfied with their Mathematics Assessment score must provide proof of practice in order to retake the Mathematics Assessment.

Satisfactory Proof

  • Transcript of additional course taken
  • Certificate of online course taken
  • Other documents must be approved by the Mathematics and Computer Science Department

Please submit documentation to the Mathematics and Computer Science Department Chair, Jacob Somervell, at least two weeks prior to the intended testing date for approval.  Along with the documentation, please supply your name (first, middle, and last) and intended testing date.

Email:  jps5a@uvawise.edu
Phone:  276-376-4569

Once documentation has been approved, students are able to register to retake the Mathematics Assessment.