The place-out assessment option is available to students required to take MS120 Foundations of Quantitative Analysis who feel they have the math skills to place out of the course. The assessment consists of problems focused on pre-algebra skills.
Students placing out of MS120 have the opportunity to select a liberal art elective to take in lieu of MS120. Credit is not awarded for MS120 based on this assessment.
Taking the place-out assessment is voluntary. Students who know they need to work on their pre-algebra skills before tackling more challenging complex math coursework simply take MS120 and develop their skills by working with one of Thomas College’s math instructors.
Assessment date: September 1, 2019
Seats must be reserved in advance through the Registrar’s Office.
Preparing for the Place-Out Assessment
The best way to prepare for the assessment is to familiarize yourself with the types of problems that will be on the assessment. You are strongly encouraged to review the sample problems before attempting the assessment.
Once you have reviewed the sample problems, you can refresh any unfamiliar problem types through Khan Academy:
How the Assessment is Scored
A grade of 80% or higher on the assessment will allow you to place out of taking MS120.
When and Where You Can Take the Assessment
The assessment will be administered at New Student Orientation in August and again in November prior to registration for the spring semester. Students entering Thomas in the spring semester may take the assessment the following fall semester.
Please reserve your spot during check-in at New Student Orientation. November test dates will be announced via this webpage in October.
What Does the Place-Out Option Cost?
Students do not pay to take the assessment, but since the College does incur costs for the administration, students will be permitted one attempt at the assessment.
What Should I Bring with me?
You must have your login information for your Thomas College student account. You may also bring something to write with, but the assessment is read and answered online. Scratch paper will be provided by the proctor for students who wish to use it.
What if I qualify for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act?
Any student in need of supportive services (academic or other) related to taking this assessment should contact the Vice President for Student Affairs, in advance, to review their needs and related accommodations.