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Math Placement for Calculus I/Precalculus

Welcome to the Citadel 2020 Mathematics Placement Information Website

(The MPE plan has been revised based on The Citadel COVID-19 Fall Classroom Procedures - 6/15/2020.)

Updates:

To follow the guidelines of the Citadel COVID-19 Fall Classroom Procedures, the sessions for the proctored MPE scheduled on June 24 and August 14 have been replaced by 35 sessions of online proctored MPE scheduled below (Eastern Time):

Time\Day

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

           

3:00pm-5:00pm

June 22, 29

July 6, 13, 20, 27

August 3

 

June 24

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

August 5

 

June 26

July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

August 7

           

6:00pm-8:00pm

 

June 23, 30

July 7, 14, 21, 28

August 4

 

June 25

July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

August 6

 
           

Professor Kerry Morrissey will be monitoring each session in Zoom and every session will be recorded in Zoom. Here are Zoom IDs for these sessions:

Please create a Zoom account (free) with your full name in the Citadel Lesesne Gateway. Hope your computer has a camera. If not, you may start a session in Zoom using your IPhone or SmartPhone.

When you join the Zoom meeting using a Zoom ID above, you will be put in a waiting room. Professor Morrissey will admit you in the session after checking and verifying your picture ID.

Steps to take a proctored MPE:

(1)You must first sign up for the session at https://signup.com/go/BdkQdUX .

(2) Steps for taking the 2020 MPE: 

For more details, please read the info under ``What is the MPE?`` below. 

You can take a MPE or a proctored MPE up to 5 times during June 22-August 7. Your mathematics placement will be based on the score you have on the last proctored MPE.

If you have registered for MATH 118 or MATH 119 in Summer II:

https://www.citadel.edu/root/2020-summer-course-registration,

please take a proctored MPE before Saturday, June 26.

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, if any, 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 bachelor`s degree programs require MATH 131: Biochemistry, Chemistry (B.S.), Civil Engineering, Construction Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Cyber Operations, 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,
  • if he/she wants to earn an American Chemical Society certificate as a Chemistry major, or
  • if he/she is considering the pursuit of a navy scholarship.

If a student has AP-Calculus (AB or BC) credits or transfer credits for Calculus I (MATH 131) then he/she will have credits for MATH 131 and can register for Calculus II (MATH 132) or Calculus I (MATH 131) again, regardless of his/her MPE score. Similarly, if a student has college transfer credit for Precalculus, then he/she can register for Calculus I (MATH 131) or Precalculus (MATH 119) again, regardless of his/her MPE score.

What is the MPE?

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

The MPE is given in PlaceU, a Cengage online assessment for mathematics placement. It is on your Canvas dashboard: Mathematics Placement Exam (MPE). Here are steps to get to the MPE:

  1. Log into Canvas at https://citadel.instructure.com.
    1. Your username in Canvas is your_Citadel_username@nation.citadel.edu.
    2. For example, my Citadel email address: chenm@citadel.edu, and my Canvas login username: chenm@nation.citadel.edu.
  2. On the dashboard, select Mathematics Placement Exam.
  3. Click on the 2020 Mathematics Placement Exam Website to learn about the MPE.
  4. Click on Review Materials to review or refresh basic skills in college alegebra and trigonomtry.
  5. Click on MPE in PlaceU under Take the MPE. Now you see 2020 Mathematics Placement Exam

What are Our Recommendations from Your MPE Scores?

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 scores on the 2020 MPE:

(1) If your score is 28 or higher, you are ready for taking Calculus I. As an option, you may take the free Online Workshop II: Concepts of Precalculus: a preparation for Calculus I, to further review and refresh your algebra and trigonometry skills.

(2) If your score is 22-27, you are almost ready for Calculus I. We strongly recommend that you take the free Online Workshop II: Concepts of Precalculus: a preparation for Calculus I and then take the 2020 MPE again, or take MATH 119 (Precalculus) in the summer to review and study topics of Precalculus. If you complete MATH 119 with a grade of C or higher, you will be placed in Calculus I (MATH 131) in the fall.

(3) If your score is 16-21, you are not quite ready for Calculus I. We recommend that you take the free Online Workshop II: Concepts of Precalculus: a preparation for Calculus I in the summer and then take the MPE again. Or, you may take MATH 119 in the summer. If you complete MATH 119 with a grade of C or higher, you will be placed in Calculus I (MATH 131) in the fall.

(4) If your score is 0-15, 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. Or you may take MATH 118 in the summer. If you complete MATH 118 with a grade of C or higher, you will be placed in Precalculus (MATH 119) in the fall.

Here are your mathematics placements based on your scores on your last proctored 2020 MPE:

(1) If your score is 22 or higher, you will be placed in Calculus I (MATH 131).

(2) If your score is 14-21, you will be placed in Precalculus (MATH 119) in the fall.

(3) If your score is 0-13, you will be placed in a special section of Precalculus (MATH 119) in the fall.

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.

Workshop I - College Mathematics: a preparation of Precalculus

This workshop covers basic skills of algebra and trigonometry to prepare students for Online Workshop II - Concepts of Precalculus or MATH 119 - Precalculus. It consists of 10 modules. At the end of each module, there is a test. Students can attempt the module tests multiple times, in any order.

Workshop II - Concepts of Precalculus: a preparation of 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. Students can attempt the module tests multiple times, in any order.

Both free online workshops are ready for you to take in Canvas, please click on:

  • Concepts of College Mathematics: a Preparation for Precalculus - Online Workshop I (2020) to work on modules in the free Online Workshop I or
  • Concepts of Precalculus: a Preparation for Calculus I - Online Workshop II (2020) to work on modules in the free Online Workshop II.

3. MATH 118 and MATH 119 in the summer:

The Citadel will offer online MATH 118 (College Algebra with Trigonometry) and MATH 119 (Precalculus) during June 29-August 13, 2020, for first year students.

  • 12385 MATH 118 D1 Coll Algebra with Trigonometry
  • 12386 MATH 119 D1 Precalculus

Please go to the website:

https://www.citadel.edu/root/2020-summer-course-registration

to register MATH 118 or MATH 119 in Summer II.

All students in MATH 118 and MATH 119 are required to take a proctored MPE before Saturday, June 27. Please see the schedule for proctored MPE given at the beginning of the page.

A student receives a grade of ``C`` or higher in MATH 118 will be placed in MATH 119 in the fall and in MATH 119 will be placed in MATH 131 in the fall.

4.Taking College Algebra or Precalcuus 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.

Contact Information (Department & Math Placement Exam):

Dr. Mei-Qin Chen
Department: Mathematical Sciences
mei.chen@citadel.edu
Campus address: Thompson Hall - Room 309A

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