Preparing for Test Day

Having a clear and accurate picture of your current skill levels is important to us and is vital to your academic future. Therefore, you will want to be well prepared for test day. The following strategies will help you get ready for placement testing.

1. Complete the required Math Information Form.

Without this information, your placement will not be complete.

2. Review test samples.

The sample information will give you a good idea of what to expect on the tests and allow you to gauge how your current knowledge matches with concepts represented in the test questions.

3. Brush up on rusty skills.

Once you have taken the sample tests, use old text books and materials to refresh your memory. As you review, focus on the concepts with which you are already familiar. The placement tests measure the knowledge and skills you have acquired over time; therefore, attempting to master new concepts would be impractical. For example, trying to learn calculus if you’ve never had the class would not be a good use of your time.

4. If testing on-campus, plan your trip.

Running late is stressful. You will be more relaxed going into the test if you know where you are going and arrive on time.

5. Get a good night’s sleep.

Whether testing on or off campus, it is important to be well rested. A tired brain is inefficient. You will be testing for up to three hours.

6. Make sure you have eaten a well balanced meal before testing.

Hunger or inadequate nutrition may cause fatigue and distraction.