Mathematics Assessment

The online Mathematics Assessment is designed to gauge the extent of your mathematics understanding as you begin Widener. It is not something you pass or fail.  If you were notified that you must take the assessment or you are challenging your provisional placement, you need to complete the assessment BEFORE attending Pride Experience One.

The Mathematics Assessment consists of a series of online question sets covering successively more advanced mathematics:

  • Practice: 25 questions - 30 minutes - no limit on number of attempts
  • Algebra: 25 questions - 30 minutes - 2 attempts
  • Precalculus: 25 questions - 30 minutes - 2 attempts
  • Calculus Concepts: 15 questions - 20 minutes - 2 attempts

Depending on your knowledge of mathematics, you may need to take only two or three of the question sets; do not be worried by this. Continue until you reach the Final Grade Report page that reads "Thank you for completing the Widener Mathematics Assessment. You have achieved a level of X." This is your confirmation that you have finished. You can check your placement on Campus Cruiser a few days after you complete the assessment: Campus Cruiser>webadvisor>Test Summary.

Before you begin, please read the Instructions carefully.

  • Extended Time Mathematics Assessment uses the same procedure, but the time limits are longer.
  • The assessment must be taken on a computer, not a tablet or phone.
  • First, check the system requirements:

Browser

  • Internet Explorer 6.x+
  • Firefox 3.0+
  • Safari 5.0+
  • Java 1.5

Required Settings

  • Use your browser's default settings.
  • Your browser must support Java, and Javascript support must be enabled.
  • Make sure that your browser is set to accept cookies.
  • You must enable popups from the server — turn off all pop-up blockers, including Google toolbar if applicable.

Procedure/Scoring

You must begin with the Practice set, and there is no limit to the number of times you may try it. Each attempt will be different as the questions are randomized.

You will probably want a pencil and scratch paper handy to work out the answers.

Once you are comfortable with the format, begin with Algebra.

  • If you score less than 50% (13) on Algebra,go to Algebra Retake. If you score less than 50% again, you are finished: your placement will be Level 2.
  • If you score more than 50% on Algebra, proceed to Precalculus.
  • If you score less than 50% (13) on Precalculus, go to Precalculus Retake. If you score less than 50% again, you are finished: your placement will be Level 3.
  • If you score more than 50% on Precalculus, proceed to Calculus Concepts.
  • If you score less than 50% (8) on Calculus Concepts, go to Calculus Concepts Retake. If you score less than 50% again, you are finished: your placement will be Level 4.
  • If you score more than 50% (8) on Calculus Concepts, your placement will be Level 5.

    Take some time to review the material before attempting the retake question sets.  Remember to complete all question sets as instructed by the section grade reports until you reach the Final Grade Report. 

Access the Maple T.A. online Mathematics Assessment login page to begin.

The username will be your full Widener email address (example: zzsmith@mail.widener.edu). The password will be your birth date, with no "leading zeros" (example: 1/1/1993, NOT 01/01/93).

Mathematics Assessment Results

Regardless of the number of question sets you take, your actual Mathematics Assessment result will be a number or level: 2, 3, 4, or 5. This will indicate the mathematics courses you may take based on the table below. The mathematics courses you need to take will vary depending on your major, and may have prerequisites. Please check with your advisor.

Level    Mathematics Course

          MATH 101   Fundamental Mathematics

    3        MATH 111   Mathematical Ideas I
    3        MATH 112   Mathematical Ideas II
    3        MATH 114   Basic Probability
    3        MATH 116   Nature of Mathematics
    3        MATH 117   Elementary Functions
    3        MATH 120   Precalculus
    3        MATH 151   Elementary Discrete Mathematics I

    4        MATH 118   Elementary Calculus I
    4        MATH 131   Calculus with Review I

    5        MATH 141   Calculus I

Online Mathematics Assessment FAQ

Math assessment questions can be directed to the Math Department at 610-499-1243, or mktauscher@widener.edu. 

Testing accommodation questions can be directed to Academic Support Programs at 610-499-1266, or disabilities@mail.widener.edu.

Login problems should be reported to Admissions at 610-499-4131 or rjbritton@widener.edu.