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Mathematics Assessment

Math Assessment

Math Assessment

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Username: full email address
Password: birth date (format: 1/1/1993)

Help us determine which math class is right for you by taking a math assessment.

You will be assigned a provisional math placement level once your enrollment deposit is paid. This level determines what math classes you may take as well as eligibility for certain other courses.

The online math assessment is available for students who wish to challenge their provisional math placement as well as for specific majors that require advanced insight into your mathematics skills set. Note that students placed at Level 1 do not take the assessment; they must take MATH 101 before any higher level courses.

Frequently Asked Questions   

Placements and Requirements


Taking the Assessment

Scoring and Placement

Technical Issues


How is my math placement determined?    

All new students receive a math placement after they have paid their enrollment deposit. Placement is determined by their highest SAT math score or ACT scores if SAT scores are unavailable.

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Am I required to take the math assessment?  

Not everyone is required to take the math assessment. You will receive a letter stating your eligibility or requirement for taking the assessment. Students who take the assessment include:

  • Students who wish to challenge their provisional level (LEVP2 - LEVP4)
  • All engineering majors unless their Math SAT is 690 or higher or the ACT Math score is 29 or higher
  • All science majors unless their provisional level is LEVP4 or higher (Math SAT 620/ACT 25  - or higher).

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Are there any technical computer requirements for taking the assessment?   

The following is a list of minimum system requirements for access to the math assessment.  It is recommended that the assessment be taken on a PC or laptop, not a tablet or smartphone.

For all computers:

  • Set your screen resolution to at least 1024x768 pixels
  • Enable JavaScript, cookies, and pop-ups
  • Java 1.6 or Java 1.7
  • Minimum 1 GHz processor and 2 GB RAM
  Windows (32 and 64 bit) Mac (64 bit) Linux
OS Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 OS X, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12, Red Hat Enterprise 6, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 13.10
Browser Firefox Chrome Internet Explorer (9.0, 10.0, 11.0) Firefox Safari (6.1, 7.0) Firefox (3.6, 7.0) Chrome

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Where do I go to take the assessment and how do I log in?    

You will be emailed login information once you are notified of your provisional placement. You will not be able to complete the assessment until you have received this email.

To access the assessment, visit the Mathematics Assessment - Maple T.A. login page.

User login: full email address
Password: birthdate without leading zeros. (Example: March 4, 1999 entered as 3/4/1999)

Be sure to review the technical requirements  above before beginning.

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What is the format?   

The assessment is a series of timed question sets: Each set must be completed within the time allowed. Progress cannot be saved during the set; however, you should take a break between each set.

  • Practice –You must begin with Practice; it may be taken as many times as needed
    to feel comfortable with the format.
  • Algebra
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus
Question Sets # of Questions General Assessment Extended Time Assessment
Practice - no limit of attempts 25 30 mins 45 mins
Algebra & Retake 25 30 mins 45 mins
Precalculus & Retake 25 30 mins 45 mins
Calculus & Retake 15 20 mins 30 mins

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After you complete a question set, you will be shown the number of correct answers. If the score is less than 50%, do the retake.  If the score is 50% or more proceed to the next section. Continue the assessment until you reach the final grade report that reads, "Thank you for completing the Widener mathematics assessment. You have reached the level of (2,3,4, or 5)." This is your confirmation that you have finished.  You may reach the final report before completing all the sections, but be sure to keep going until the final grade report.

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Is there a deadline for completing the assessment?   

If you are required to take the assessment or you are challenging your provisional placement, you must complete the assessment before attending Pride Experience I: Summer Registration. The Assessment closes on August 1st.

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Can I retake the assessment?  

You cannot retake the full assessment in its entirety but can retake a section if you score less than 50% on that section. If you score less than 50% on a retake, your assessment will be finished at the current section and you will not need to continue to the next section. If you score more than 50% on a section, you should proceed directly to the next section.  

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Can I request testing accommodations?  

Widener's Academic Support Services department is here to assist with testing accommodation requirements. Please contact 610-499-1266 or for more information.

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How is it scored and how do I see my grades?  

Your mathematics level is determined based on how many questions sets you complete.
The level corresponds with the level needed for the courses listed below.

  • Level 2: score less than 50% on algebra or retake
  • Level 3: score less than 50% on precalculus or retake
  • Level 4: score less than 50% on calculus or retake
  • Level 5: score more than 50% on calculus or retake

Students can check their results on Widener's student portal about 2 to 3 days after results are submitted from the assessment. Go to Test Summary. If you have not finished the assessment, the provisional level will be shown.

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What if I score lower than my provisional level?  

The final grade achieved will replace any provisional placement, regardless if it is higher or lower.

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How do I know what course I have to take after I complete the assessment?  


The table below indicates the prerequisite level for the courses listed. The mathematics courses you are required to take will vary depending on your major. Please check with your advisor.

Level    Mathematics Course

    1, 2    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

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I can't log in. 

  • Did you pay your enrollment deposit recently?
    Students are registered for the math assessment approximately three days after Widener receives their deposit. If you recently paid, wait a few days and try again.
  • Did you receive a message that your Widener email address was not found in the system?
    Please contact the math department to ensure you are registered for the assessment.
  • Make sure you are using your full email address and that the password does not have any leading zeros. For example, 1/1/1993 is correct but 01/01/1993 is incorrect.
  • If you aren't sure of your password, click on "Forgot your password" and enter your full Widener email address.

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Nothing happens when I click "Practice."   

Make sure that your browser is set to allow for pop-ups.

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I can't see the graphics.   

Make sure that you have enabled Java and that your browser is set to accept cookies from:

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My computer crashed in the middle of a question set.   

Contact Michaela Tauscher at and explain the problem.

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Have a question? Please contact the math department at 610-499-1243, or