Mathematics Readiness Tests

The Mathematics Readiness Test 1 (MRT 1) is required of all incoming students without an ACT/SAT score or college-level math credit. The readiness test is required for students with a math score of 500 or less on the SAT or 24 or less on the ACT, or an unweighted high school GPA less than 3.25. Math Readiness Test 2 (MRT 2) is recommended for students who took advanced high school math courses. See this chart for more details.

MRT 1 covers arithmetic, pre-algebra, simplifying polynomial and rational algebraic expressions, solving linear and quadratic equations, solving applications of linear equations including proportions and variations, evaluating functions, graphing linear functions, and solving a system of two equations in two unknowns. The MRT 1 consists of 25 questions, and students will have 60 minutes to complete the test.

MRT 2 covers functions (polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric) including graphing and applications, trigonometric identities, complex numbers, polar and parametric representations and equations, conic sections, and solving systems of linear and non-linear equations. The 30-question test is a combination of multiple choice and open-ended questions to be completed in 90 minutes.

Practice Test (PDF) Test Solutions (PDF) Math Readiness Test FAQs

Students are strongly encouraged to take the practice readiness test prior to their attempting the MRT. Detailed solutions to the practice test may be found here.

While the use of a calculator is not necessary, you are strongly encouraged to bring your own calculator for the test. Communication devices such as cell phones and other electronic devices may not be substituted for a calculator, and they must be powered off during the readiness test. Calculators may not be shared during the test. The TI-84 series calculators are used in the mathematics courses taught at Barton College. Note cards, formula sheets, etc. are not permitted for the readiness test.

For students taking the MRT 1, the first mathematics course a student takes at Barton College is determined by the score as indicated in the table below:

Student Score First Mathematics Course at Barton
Below 18 MTH 100 (Fundamentals of Algebra)
18 or Above MTH 120 (Survey of Mathematics) OR MTH 130 (College Algebra)

For students taking the MRT 2, the first mathematics course a student takes at Barton College is determined by the score as indicated in the table below:

Student Score First Mathematics Course at Barton
Below 60% MTH 120 (Survey of Mathematics) OR MTH 130 (College Algebra)
60% – 80% MTH 150 (Trigonometry) OR MTH 210 (Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics) OR MTH 250 (Statistical Concepts) OR BUS 210 (Business Statistics)
Above 80% MTH 210 (Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics) OR MTH 250 (Statistics) OR MTH 240 (Calculus I) OR BUS 210 (Business Statistics)

A student may take the MPT a second time, within six months of the original attempt. Students cannot repeat the test more than twice. The MPT is administered during Orientation and prior to pre-registration during the fall and spring semesters.

Freshman students are required to begin their first mathematics courses no later than their third semester of enrollment at Barton College.

Transfer students are required to begin their first mathematics courses no later than their second semester of enrollment at Barton College.