2012 Auburn University
Mathematics Placement Exam
Instructions and Answers
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics requires all entering
first-year students to take a Mathematics Placement Exam to ensure correct
placement in college-level math courses. Your score on the placement exam will
allow you to enroll in the right course during Camp War Eagle.
Before you start
- Be sure you have scratch
paper and pencils. No calculators, please.
- Allow at least 45 minutes for
the exam. Most students finish in less time, but you will have 90 minutes.
However, once you start you cannot pause and return later.
- Have your Auburn University UserID and Password ready.
When you are ready
- Click here to see video instructions
and a link to the exam login page.
- When you reach the login
page, be sure to run the Check Browser (link in upper right) before
- Log in with your Auburn UserID and
Password. You will NOT be able to log in if you have not
activated your account.
- After you log in, click the
link for the Math Placement Test 2011 class in the Course Listing.
- Be sure to answer the survey
and take the test.
- On the course homepage you
If you have
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Friday, 7:45AM - 4:45PM Central). Please have ready access to your personal
computer when you call.
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your browser completely (all windows and tabs), and reopen the browser; you
should be able to resume the quiz if the test time has not expired.
Math Placement Exam
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What topics does the placement exam cover?
The exam covers standard high school
mathematics, primarily algebra and trigonometry. If you wish to review in
preparation for the algebra exam, the following topics are covered:
arithmetic of rational numbers, operations with algebraic expressions, linear
equations and inequalities, factoring and algebraic fractions, exponents and
radicals, graphing and distance, fractional and quadratic equations and
inequalities, logarithms, functions, complex numbers, absolute values, systems
Many of you will need to take only the algebra
portion of the placement exam, but if you have studied trigonometry in high
school you will be given the opportunity to take the trigonometry section of
the placement exam. Your score on the trigonometry portion cannot lower your
placement and may, in some cases, actually allow you to be placed in a
higher-level math course. You and your advisor can discuss that during Camp War
The two placement exams are independent and may
be taken at separate sittings.
Why does Auburn
give an exam?
- We want you to succeed. The
placement exam score will help place you in the right CORE math course.
Do I have to take the exam—even if I have taken AP Math or don’t
plan to take math at Auburn?
- Yes. All entering freshmen
are required to take the placement exam.
How will the placement score be used?
- The test will be used to
determine a student’s appropriate placement into Auburn
math. Although the score will not be used to supersede credit earned via
transferable coursework or AP/IB testing, ALL students must take the
placement test, failure to complete the placement test in a timely manner
(at least one week prior to the arrival at Camp War Eagle) will prevent
the student from registering for anything other than Math 1000 while at
Camp War Eagle.
Should I get help taking the test to improve my score?
- ABSOLUTELY NOT. The test is
designed to measure your mathematical abilities so you can begin your
college career in the appropriate math course. Obtaining outside help will
place you in a class that you will likely fail. Reviewing math concepts
and skills beforehand is recommended, but the test should be taken by you
and you alone.
When should I take the test?
- As soon as you have at least
45 minutes to take the test. You should take the exam at least a week
before you attend Camp War Eagle session. (Note that it is not required
that the exam be taken before May 15; but it should be taken at least once
before you attend Camp War Eagle session in order that you be properly
placed in a mathematics class.)
When will I see my score?
- Immediately after you take
the test. If after you see your score you think you can do better, you can
review for a few days and take the test again.
What if I don’t take the test?
- Students who do not
complete the test will be placed in a math class that does not meet the
CORE math requirement. The minimum math requirement for each major is
Can I have extra time on the test?
- The test is designed for 45
minutes but will not time out for 90 minutes. If you are a student
who has had an extra time accommodation in high school then you should
plan to take that extra time on the placement exam; you should register
with the Office of Accessibility http://www.auburn.edu/academic/disabilities/
(334-844-2096) when you come to Auburn.
I didn’t score high enough for the first mathematics course in my
curriculum. What can I do? Does that mean that I need to switch
- You do not need to change
your major. Your grade on the placement exam indicates that you are not
mathematically ready at this time for the first mathematics course in your
major (such as Calculus). So you will need to take the course with
the necessary prerequisite material. To help students in this
situation we are offering online versions of our college algebra and
pre-calculus courses during the summer terms; they can be taken online
over the internet from home and students are only required be on campus
for the final exam. These courses will also be available in the
Last Updated: March 1, 2012