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Math Placement for Calculus I/Precalculus

Welcome to the Citadel 2019 Mathematics Placement Information Website

 

For those who must take the Math Placement Exam, it must be completed by August 1st

Note: Cadets participating in CSI  Session 1 must take the exam by June 1
Cadets participating in CSI Session 2 must take the Exam by July 1

As a major in chemistry (BS), computer science, engineering, mathematics, or physics, you are required to take Calculus I (MATH 131). In order to make sure you are ready for Calculus I, you are asked to take the Citadel 2019 Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE) before you start the fall semester at The Citadel. Here are a few frequently asked questions about the MPE:

What is the Purpose of the Math Placement Exam (MPE)?

The purpose of the MPE is to assess a student's mathematics readiness to start the calculus courses at The Citadel. A student’s score on the MPE will provide us with information on what preparation he/she will need before taking Calculus I.

Who will need to take the MPE?

All first year students whose major programs require MATH 131: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I will need to take the MPE. At The Citadel, the following major programs require MATH 131: Biochemistry, Chemistry (B.S.), Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics. A student will also need to take the MPE if he/she is considering the pursuit of a minor in Applied Mathematics or in Applied Statistics or if they want to earn an American Chemical Society certificate as a Chemistry major. If a student has AP-Calculus (AB or BC) credits or transfer credits for Calculus I (MATH 131) or Precalculus (MATH 119) then he/she will have credits for MATH 131 and can sign up for Calculus II (MATH 132) or Calculus I (MATH 131) again regardless of his/her MPE score.

What is the MPE?

The MPE consists of 33 problems in algebra and trigonometry in the multiple choice form.  One will have 90 minutes to complete the exam with only pens and scratch papers.

Remember the MPE is an assessment tool so please do not use any assistance such as calculator, textbook, software package, or information from a website. 

The MPE is given in PlaceU, a Cengage online assessment for mathematics placement. After you click on the Citadel 2019 Mathematics Placement Exam at the end of this webpage, you will be at the MPE in PlaceU. Please follow the instructions to go through tutorial for using PlaceU, a practice test for the MPE and then you may start the MPE only if you have 90 minutes free time and a stable internet connection. 

The MPE will open for all first year students from May 16 to August 1. Each student can take the MPE up to five times. A student should follow the recommendation(s) given below each time after taking the MPE to review or refresh needed mathematical skills in algebra and trigonometry before taking the MPE again.

What are Our Math Placement Recommendations?

A student will receive his/her MPE score right after he/she completes the MPE in PlaceU as well as a test performance report:

http://macs.citadel.edu/chenm/pltest.dir/Math_Placement.dir/Score_info.pdf.

Here are our recommendations based on your MPE score:

(1) If your score is 28 or higher, you will be placed in Calculus I (MATH 131). Please register MATH 131 or HONR 131 for the fall semester. As an option, you may take the free Online Workshop II: Concepts of Precalculus: a preparation for Calculus I in the summer to further review and refresh algebra and trigonometric skills.

(2) If your score is 22-27, you will also be placed in Calculus I (MATH 131). Please register MATH 131 or HONR 131 for the fall semester. We recommend strongly that in the summer you take the free Online Workshop II: Concepts of Precalculus: a preparation for Calculus I or CSI 119 (Precalculus) to review and study topics of Precalculus.

(3) If your score is 15-21, you will be placed in Precalculus (MATH 119). We recommend that in the summer you take the free Online Workshop II: Concepts of Precalculus: a preparation for Calculus I and then take the MPE again (up to five times). Or you may take CSI 119 during June 10-July 2 or July 8-July 30. If you will complete CSI 119 with a grade of C or higher, please register for MATH 131 or HONR 131 for the fall semester. Otherwise, please register for MATH 119 for the fall semester. Upon arrival at The Citadel, you will have the option to take a hard-copy version of the MPE in class on Monday, August 26, which will be hand-graded by the faculty, as a final assessment of your math placement (this can only help you move up a course, not down).

(4) If your score is 0-14, you will be placed in College Algebra with Trigonometry (MATH 118). We recommend that in the summer you first take the free Online Workshop I: College Mathematics, a preparation for Precalculus and the free Online Workshop II: Concepts of Precalculus: a preparation for Calculus I, and then take the MPE again (up to five times). Or you may take CSI 118 during June 10-July 2. If you will complete CSI 118 with a grade of C or higher, you may take CSI 119 during July 8-July 30 or register MATH 119 for the fall semester. If you will complete CSI 119 with a grade of C or higher, please register for MATH 131 or HONR 131 for the fall semester. However, prior to taking CSI 118 in the summer or Math 118 in the fall, you will be required to take a hard-copy version of the MPE in class on Monday, August 26, which will be hand-graded by the faculty, as a final assessment of your math placement (this can only help you move up a course, not down).

The flowchart given at:
http://macs.citadel.edu/chenm/pltest.dir/Math_Placement.dir/flowchart.pdf
summarizes the recommendations for preparations for the MPE.

How can a first-year student prepare for the MPE?

Here are four ways to review, refresh or study materials in algebra and trigonometry to be ready for the MPE.

1. Self-paced review

The following weblinks take you to review materials on algebra and trigonometry skills:

  1. Review Materials - lecture notes, practice problems with solutions
  2. Practice Problems with Solutions - link to a PDF file with practice problems and solutions (can be downloaded for off-line use)
  3. 2001 Sample Placement Exam - link to a PDF file with 2001 exam and solutions (can be downloaded for off-line use) 

 2. Two Free Online Workshops

Two free online workshops have been developed for students to review and refresh skills in algebra and trigonometry covered in the MPE. (Click the titles to follow links to the workshops.) Please sign in to CitLearn first at http://citlearn.blackboard.com. Otherwise, you will be prompted to sign in.

Workshop I - College Mathematics: A Preparation for Precalculus
This workshop covers basic skills of algebra and trigonometry to prepare students for Online Workshop II - Concepts of Precalculus or MATH 119 (or CSI 119) - Precalculus.  It consists of 10 modules.  At the end of each module, there is a module test.  A student is required to have 80% or more correct answers on the module test in order to move onto the next module.  Students can attempt the module tests multiple times if they do not get 80% or higher on their first attempt.  Professor Rachel Hunter is the instructor for this workshop.

Workshop II - Concepts of Precalculus: A Preparation for Calculus I
This workshop covers skills of college algebra and trigonometry to prepare students for Calculus I (MATH 131).   It consists of 10 modules.  At the end of each module, there is a module test.  A student is required to have 80% or more correct answers on the module test in order to move onto the next module.  Students can attempt the module tests multiple times if they do not get 80% or higher on their first attempt. Professor Wendy Sheppard is the instructor for this workshop.

3. CSI 118 and CSI 119 (CSI = Citadel Success Institution)

There will be two CSI sessions:

  1. Session CSI I: Monday, June 10 - Tuesday, July 2
  2. Session CSI II: Monday, July 8 - Tuesday, July 30

Two foundational mathematics courses will be offered:

  1. MATH 118 (College Algebra with Trigonometry) is an intensive course that covers basic skills of algebra and trigonometry to prepare students for Precalculus (MATH 119).
  2. MATH 119 (Precalculus) is an intensive course that covers skills of college algebra and trigonometry to prepare students for Calculus I (MATH 131).

A student is required to have a grade of C or higher in MATH 118 in order to take Precalculus (MATH 119) in CSI II or in the fall, and to have a grade of C or higher in MATH 119 in order to take Calculus I (MATH 131) in the fall. To register for one or both CSI sessions or to learn more about CSI, please visit the website at: http://www.citadel.edu/root/csi.

4.Taking College Algebra orPrecalcuus at a Local College

If you cannot attend CSI 118 or CSI 119 at The Citadel in the summer, you may take an equivalent course at a college in your local area.

 

The Citadel Math Placement Exam - a website for the MPE in  PlaceU provides:

(1) instructions for the MPE;
(2) a tutorial for using PlaceU;
(3) a practice test for the MPE;
(4) the Placement Test (need 90 minutes); and
(5) your score and the next steps for follow-up.

Information on CitLearn
http://www.citadel.edu/root/citlearn-information
You all have an account in CitLearn.


Contact Information (Department & Math Placement Exam):

Dr. Mei-Qin Chen
Department: Math & Computer Science
mei.chen@citadel.edu
Campus address: Thompson Hall - Room 230

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