Frequently Asked Questions for Math Readiness Tests

What are the Mathematics Readiness Tests?

The Mathematics Readiness Tests help identify the first mathematics course a student should take at Barton College. Course placement ranges from Fundamentals of Algebra through Calculus. Math Readiness Test 1 determines if a student is ready for college-level math. Math Readiness Test 2 places students in upper-level math courses.

Do I need to take the Mathematics Readiness Test?

If you do not have SAT/ACT scores, AP mathematics credit, or transferable college mathematics credit, you must take the Mathematics Readiness Test 1. The test is also 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 is recommended for students who took advanced high school math courses.

Should I prepare for Math Readiness Test 1?

It is strongly recommended that students review before taking the test. Students should try the practice test and review as needed. Students are expected to know the basic rules of algebra and elementary formulas.

How long is Math Readiness Test 1?

The test contains 25 questions, and students will be given 60 minutes. Students may leave once they have completed the test.

What should I bring to the tests?

Number 2 pencils and a calculator. You will not be permitted to use your cell phone as a substitute for a calculator. You may not share a calculator.

When are the tests administered?

The tests are administered during Orientation and prior to pre-registration in the fall and spring semesters. The dates for the placement test will be announced well in advance. During the fall and spring semesters, the tests will normally be administered during the 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. time slot on a Tuesday or Thursday. No classes are held during this time.

What should I do if I cannot answer all the questions?

A student may not be able to answer all the questions on the test. There is no penalty for incorrect answers; students should attempt to answer all of them. However, random guessing is strongly discouraged. Students who do not achieve a score of 18 or better on Math Readiness Test 1 will need to take MTH 100 (Fundamentals of Algebra). Students must score 60% or above to place into upper-level math courses.

May I take the test more than once?

A student may take the test twice. The second attempt has to be within six (6) months of the first. Freshman students are required to begin their first mathematics course no later than their third semester of enrollment at Barton College. Transfer students are required to begin their first mathematics course no later than their second semester of enrollment at Barton College.