This exam can increase the number of options available to
students for meeting math requirements within their program.
Students who do well on this exam and receive a placement 6 or 7
can save both time and money.
The Functions and Graphs Test is one of the measures used by
the placement committee to determine if a student is prepared to
take Pre-Calculus (MTH 190), Applied Calculus (MTH 230),
Calculus I (MTH 240), or Credit-by-Exam (if a lower level course
is required in their program).
Many students are in programs that require College Algebra
and Trig I and II (MTH 180 & MTH 182) or six credits of math at
the level of Introduction to Mathematics (MTH 151) or higher.
This test can give the option of substituting one of the 3-or-4
credit courses listed above for the required six math credits.
Such an opportunity would allow a student to:
- complete their math requirement(s) early, with a credit
- choose to take more advanced courses in mathematics,
depending on future goals; or
- free up time within their program to take additional
courses of interest.
Students in programs that require a total of 9 or 10 credits
of math, including at least one calculus course, may be able to
complete their entire math requirement by taking one 3- or
4-credit course from the list above. For example: in some
programs, College Algebra, Trig I and II, and Calculus I (10
credits) could be replaced with Calculus I only, (4 credits).
The substitution results in the student completing their math
requirement the first semester while at the same time freeing up
credits or saving the cost of 2 to 6 credits.
If a student is in a program that requires only one 3-credit
math course, she/he could still benefit by having the
opportunity to take a course at a higher level or electing to do
a credit by exam for the required course. The result is a
savings of time and the cost of a 3-credit course. Note: there
is a fee of $50 for challenging a course by exam.