Mathematics Readiness Tests

The Barton College General Education Core Curriculum requires the completion of either QRT 120 – Quantitative Reasoning and Thinking, or MTH 130 – College Algebra. 

Students intending to major in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Pre-Med, Pre-Vet, Pre-Physical Therapy, or Middle School Education with a Math Concentration must complete MTH 130 – College Algebra for their core math. All other majors require QRT 120 for their core math, though students are welcome to opt into MTH 130 if they have the appropriate placement. It is always wise to speak with your advisor when deciding which path makes sense for you. 

* Please note: students who intend to pursue graduate education or professional school are encouraged to consider MTH 130 in preparation for those programs. The 3+2 Exercise Science to M.S. in Kinesiology also requires students to complete MTH 130 as opposed to QRT 120.

The Math Readiness Test is required for students who need to complete MTH 130 – College Algebra as the core math for their major and have been placed into Level I math. Students without SAT/ACT scores or with a math score of 530 or less on the SAT or a score of 24 or less on the ACT are placed into Level I. Students who have AP or transferable college mathematics credit are exempt from Math Readiness Test I.

Math Readiness Test 2 is recommended for students who took advanced high school math courses.

Unsure if you should take a Math Readiness Test? Use the Mathematics Readiness Chart to find out.

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 50 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 use 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 13 MTH 100 (Fundamentals of Algebra) OR QRT 120 (Quantitative Reasoning)
13 or Above MTH 130 (College Algebra) OR QRT 120 (Quantitative Reasoning)

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% QRT 120 (Quantitative Reasoning) 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 MRT a second time, within six months of the original attempt. Students cannot repeat the test more than twice. The MRT is administered as part of 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.