Important Information About Placement Exams
Placement exams assess the academic skills of each student to determine the student’s readiness to enroll in certain levels of academic coursework.
Students shall be exempt from the requirements of the Texas Success Initiative who meet or exceed the following criteria (note: some of the exemptions are full and others are partial):
- ACT – composite score of 23 with a minimum of 19 on both the English and Mathematics tests. If a student has a combined score of 23 with a minimum of 19 in only one and not both content areas, the student will be exempt in only one area and will be required to take a TSI exam in the other area. (ACT score exemptions are valid for 5 years from the date of test.) Note that the English test covers the TSI areas of reading and writing and the Mathematics test covers the TSI area of mathematics.
- SAT – combined Critical Reading and Mathematics score of 1070 with a minimum score of 500 on Critical Reading and Mathematics tests. If a student has a combined score of 1070 with a minimum of 500 in only one and not both content areas, the student will be exempt in only one area and will be required to take a TSI exam in the other area. (SAT score exemptions are valid for 5 years from the date of the test.) Note that the Critical Reading content covers the TSI areas of Reading and Writing and the Mathematics content covers the TSI area of Mathematics. Score requirements: After March 1, 2016: EBRW-480, MATH-530, no composite.
- TAKS (exit-level) – 2200 in mathematics and 2200 in English Language Arts (ELA) with a subscore of at least 3. Students who do not meet the exemption criteria in all areas will need to take the TSI Assessment in the areas they did not meet the exemption criteria. Note that the English Language section covers the TSI areas of Reading and Writing and the Mathematics section covers the TSI area of Mathematics. (Valid for 5 years.)
- A student who has graduated with an associate or baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
- A student who transfers to UTSA from a private or independent institution of higher education or an accredited out-of-state institution of higher education and who has satisfactorily completed college-level coursework as determined by this institution.
- A student who has previously attended any Texas public institution of higher education and has been determined to have met readiness standards at that institution.
- A student who is serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component for at least a three-year period preceding enrollment.
- A student who on or after August 1, 1990 was honorably discharged, retired or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.
- A student who is non-degree seeking and has earned fewer than 12 credit hours at UTSA.
Who Is Eligible to take the Math Placement Exam?
UTSA students wishing to enroll in MAT 1093 (Pre-Calculus) or MAT 1214 (Calculus) and who have met at least one of the score criteria on the following national tests (see list below) must take and pass the Math Placement Exam prior to registering for Pre-Calculus or Calculus during Orientation.
- Students who receive a score of 350 or higher on the math section of the TSI Assessment exam.
- Students with an exit-level TAKS mathematics score of 2200 or higher.
- Students with a combined SAT score of at least 1070 (Critical Reading and Mathematics Only) and at least 500 on the mathematics.
- Students with a composite ACT score of 23 and a minimum of 19 on the mathematics section.
What do I need to know about the Math Placement exam?
- Students should take the exam prior to attending Orientation if Precalculus or Calculus course placement is needed and cannot be obtained by dual credit or AP credit in the system.
- The fee for the exam is $20, which is charged to the student’s UTSA account.
- No outside calculators are allowed. The Testing Services office will provide the four-function calculator allowed during the exam.
- Please log into ASAP to sign up for a Math Placement exam. No walk-in slots are available.
- Bring a valid, physical, photo ID such as a driver’s license, student ID, or passport. No expired IDs are allowed.
- The test may be taken twice. However, it is a different version each time. Do not take the exam a second time prior to considering either Jump Start or Math Boot Camp to raise your skill set and opportunity of placing higher on your second attempt.
Remote Math Placement
- Do you need to take the Pre-calculus/Calculus Math Placement test?
- Are you TSI met in Math?
- Do you live at least 100 miles from the city limits of San Antonio?
If you answered “yes” to the three questions above, then you may qualify to take the Remote Math Placement exam. Please follow the steps below to register for this test.
- Log into your UTSA ASAP account (asap.utsa.edu).
- Click the “Student Services” tab at the top of the screen.
- Select “Testing Services Office (Test Registration).”
- Click the “continue” icon until you arrive at a screen labeled “Testing Services.”
- Select “Register for TEST Session.”
- Choose “Remote Math Placement” from the list of options.
NOTE: Do not complete your registration just yet. Please read on.
- Review the time and date options available (all times are CST).
- Locate a proctor that is willing to administer the test at the date and time you prefer.
- Complete your registration information on ASAP.
Send the following information via email to email@example.com. You must title the email “Remote Math Request.” Failure to do so may result in a delayed response.
The Proctor Security Agreement and Acknowledgement form to be completed in full by your proctor and the Remote Math Placement disclaimer to be completed by you. You must attach these documents to your email request. We cannot process your request without them.
The body of the email must include the following:
- Your full name, UTSA ID number, and phone number with area code.
- Your proctor’s full name, professional email address, and professional phone number with area code. For security reasons, we cannot correspond with proctors via non-professional email domains such as Yahoo, Hotmail, and Gmail.
- Your proctor’s title and responsibility (e.g. counselor, biology teacher)
- The date and time you selected on ASAP.
A UTSA Testing Services staff member will then determine your eligibility to take the Remote Math Placement. If you qualify, then the staff member will contact your proctor one business day before the scheduled exam with instructions on how to administer the test.
Your scores will be available on ASAP no later than two business days after taking the exam. Please refer to this flier for information regarding score cutoffs and placements.
The included Sample Math Placement Exam will give students a good idea of how they will perform on the actual placement exam. Students should use only a four-function calculator and limit their time to 90 minutes for an accurate assessment. Sample answers
The Math Placement Topics List (see below) is a great start, but if you need further help, try the Jump Start: Calculus program offered during the summer.
- The Math Placement exam must be attempted once prior to registering for Jump Start: Calculus.
- The Jump Start: Calculus program has proven very successful; students attending the program have a much greater chance of passing the Math Placement exam on their second attempt.
List of Skills and Knowledge Assessed on the Math Placement Exam
- Simplify polynomial, rational, radical, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric expressions.
- Multiply binomials with more than one variable.
- Multiply polynomial expressions and simplify using properties of integer exponents.
- Solve applied problems involving proportion and linear equations.
- Factor trinomials with 1 and non 1 leading coefficient.
- Simplify expressions containing rational exponents.
- Solve linear, quadratic, and absolute value inequalities.
- Find real or non-real solutions of quadratic equations.
- Find real solutions of rational and radical equations.
- Solve system of two linear equations in two variables.
- Evaluate functions and use function notation.
- Find slope of line given equation of line.
- Graph absolute value, quadratic, and trigonometric equations/functions.
- Solve equations for indicated variable.
- Solve problem given graph of quadratic function.
- Find equation of line given information about the line.
- Determine composition of two functions.
- Answer questions about roots of polynomial equations.
- Answer questions about x-intercepts of graph of equation.
- Find domain of function (including trigonometric functions).
- Simplify difference quotients.
- Solve logarithmic and exponential equations.
- Evaluate trigonometric functions.
- Use trigonometric functions to solve problems involving right triangles.
- Use trigonometric identities to re-write trigonometric expressions.
- Evaluate expressions involving inverse trigonometric functions.
Fees are subject to change without notice.
Would you like to sharpen your skills in mathematics? Would you like to increase your chance of success in college math courses?
For students whose math skills are a little rusty, The Department of Mathematics offers two programs: Jump Start and Math Boot Camp.
Jump Start is a faster paced program for students who took the Math Placement exam and scored just under the acceptable score for entrance into MAT 1093 or 1214.
Math Boot Camp is a slightly longer program for students who took the Math Placement exam and scored under the acceptable score for entrance into MAT 1073, 1033, 1023 and STA 1043, 1053 or if a student is struggling to pass the math portion of the TSI Assessment so as to be allowed to enroll in entry-level math courses.
Math Jump Start and Boot Camp programs are led by our Math faculty, and their goal is to prepare participants for success in their future math courses, not to simply pass a test. The knowledge that needs to be built or refreshed with the participants will be cemented during their time with the Jump Start and Math Boot Camp faculty.
- This test may be taken only once every two years, so come prepared.
- The fee for Chemistry Placement is $10 and is charged to the student’s UTSA account immediately following the test.
- You are allowed to bring a scientific, non-graphing calculator.
Log into ASAP to sign up for the Chemistry Placement exam; no walk-in slots are available. Students have 90 minutes to complete the exam.
Additional Information on placing into Chemistry courses if CHE 1103 is part of your major requirements:
Two options available:
1. Register for CHE 1103 Placement Exam.
2. Enroll in Basic Chemistry (CHE 1073 ) course.
Option 1 : CHE 1103 Placement Exam
- Students can register with Testing Services at UTSA to take this exam. You must achieve a passing rate of 70% (21 questions out of 30) to be able to register directly for General Chemistry I ( CHE 1103) and skip the semester of Basic Chemistry (CHE 1073) prerequisite.
- Recommended for students who have a strong knowledge of math and chemistry from high school.
Option 2 : Enroll or stay enrolled in Basic Chemistry ( CHE 1073)
- Students can enroll in Basic Chemistry (CHE 1073) for the Fall 2015 semester.
- Must obtained a grade of “C-” or better to enroll in General Chemistry I ( CHE 1103).
- Recommended for students who do not have a strong background in math and chemistry, or for those who are unable to complete option 1.
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