Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Please take a quick look at the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for the exam now, and if you have a question or concern after taking the test, look at it again. This short FAQ covers the vast majority of the questions people ask about the test after taking it. The answers are covered in more detail on this page, but are frequently overlooked.
The Mathematics Placement Examination, which formerly was only available on-campus and during orientation, can now be completed on-line by entering freshman and transfer students prior to coming to Texas Tech.
Entering students are strongly encouraged to complete the Mathematics Placement Examination before coming to their summer orientation.
- Students who have completed the placement examination in advance of orientation will know in which mathematics course(s) they are eligible to enroll, as related to their degree programs and major requirements.
In the past, students have had to, sometimes, radically adjust their schedules and plans in the middle of an orientation to fit in the mathematics course(s) to which they were directed after taking the placement examination at the orientation.
- Students who have completed the placement examination in advance of orientation will free up one or more orientation time slots which
otherwise would have to be allocated to taking the placement examination.
- Students who have completed the placement examination in advance of orientation and who would be directed by it to take one or more preparatory mathematics classes before being eligible to enroll in mathematics courses at Texas Tech would be in a position to:
(i) undertake formal credit mathematics courses at community colleges or at four-year institutions and transfer credit to Texas Tech to meet course pre-requisite requirements
(ii) retake the placement examination prior to the fall semester (during the week of registration) after undertaking personal review of developmental course materials or formal developmental mathematics courses at community colleges or at four-year institutions
The administration and scooring of the Mathematics Placement Examination is done through the Placement Gateway. (A link is at the bottom of this page.) The Placement Gateway also reports the results of the student's previous attempts at taking the placement exam, so a student may return to the Placement Gateway as needed to see his or her scores. The transfer of the Mathematics Placement Examination scores to the Student Record System (SRS) is performed nightly. The following information fields and cautions relate to both the administration and scoring and to the nightly SRS record updates.
The web form directs the student to the eRaider Sign-in page where the student will need to supply the following information:
After a student supplies the authentification information, the student will be taken to the Placement Gateway where he or she may see any scores so far, or (if applicable) proceed to the Placement Exam server to take the placement examination. A new version is generated for each attempt.
The examination consists of two major sections as follows:
|Section||Exam Problems||Content Area|
Algebra I, Algebra II
Trigonometry, Analytical Geometry
Each student must complete Section I. Successfully completing Section I allows a student to begin with Comtemporary Mathematics (Math 1300), College Algebra (Math 1320), Introductory Mathematical Analysis (Math 1330) or Precalculus (Math 1550). A student who has not retained a sufficient mastery of his or her algebra skills to pass Section I will be directed to an appropriate preparatory mathematics course.
Students whose majors require them to take Calculus I (Math 1451), need to take Section II. Typically, this requirement falls to students majoring in Engineering, pre-Engineering, the physical sciences, Mathematics, pre-Med or (the dual major) Architecture-Civil Engineering.
When a student finishes answering the placement examination questions and clicks the "grade test" button, the program which administers the placement examinations reports a raw score, giving the number of correct answers out of 59 (even if a student does not need to take the second part of the test). For registration purposes, the student needs a placement code which is a number from 1 to 7. To see the placement code, the student should return to the placement gateway. At the bottom of the page is a summary of all placement exam results so far. If the most recent test grade is not there, the "grade tests" button should be clicked.
The student should print the resulting page and retain it for his or her records and for advisement purposes.
Caution 1: A student may retake the placement examination, but not twice on the same date. The SRS record update, which posts the student's scores, can store only one set of examination scores on any given date for a student taking the placement examination. While a student can access the exam web form multiple times, the SRS record update will process the first submission and reject all subsequent submissions for that date.
Caution 2: A student may take the placement examination on-line only twice. The SRS record update, which posts the student's scores, is programmed to allow only two on-line sets of examination scores for the placement examination. While a student can access the on-line exam form multiple times, the SRS record update will process the first two on-line submissions and reject all subsequent on-line submissions.
The on-line version of the Mathematics Placement Examination is accessed through the following link: