On behalf of the Department of Mathematics at Hamline University I would like to welcome you to Hamline University.
Whether you are just beginning your university studies, continuing your studies after a break or continuing your studies
having begun them at a different institution, W E L C O M E
. I hope that you find Hamline everything that you hoped for in a
Soon you will be registering for your first classes at Hamline University and we in the Department of Mathematics want
to help you so that you register for the appropriate mathematics course and for the correct course in any area which
requires quantitative reasoning. We would like you to help us help you by going through an evaluation of your
mathematical and quantitative skills.
We have prepared a placement assessment which you must complete before you register for any mathematics course. The
assessment covers six areas of mathematics, each addressing different concepts of mathematics:
General Mathematics -- manipulation of numbers and fractions.
Algebra -- manipulation of expressions involving variables, simplification of expressions, exponents.
Exponents & Logarithms -- what else, exponentials and logarithms.
Trigonometry -- the functions sin, cos, etc.
Functions -- the definition and manipulation of functions.
Calculus -- derivatives and integrals.
If you have not taken courses which deal with some of these topics, that is OK. We just want to understand your current level of
mathematical knowledge. You only need to complete the sections on material to which you have been exposed. If you
didn't take mathematics in high school or at your current institution past Algebra II, for instance, you can skip
the Calculus portion of the test. If you register for a mathematics course, we want your experience in that course
to be both satisfying and successful and so it is important that you get this advice on where you should start your
college level mathematics.
It is important that you take the placement examination whether or not you plan on taking a mathematics course
during your first year at Hamline. When you finish the placement examination, you will be advised on the
appropriate mathematics course for you at Hamline University.
It is also important that you are prepared when you take this assessment. We suggest that you review the
mathematics that you have learned in the past. We have found a good collection of resources at
West Texas A & M and suggest that you visit those pages before you begin.
Remember that this assessment is not a test for which you will get a grade.
Before you start answering questions, you will be asked about your mathematical background and your attitude about
mathematics. You will be presented with one question at a time. Please answer as many questions as you can. There
is no time limit.
Chair, Department of Mathematics
The goal of collegiate mathematics is the understanding of mathematical ideas per se. The role of
applications is to enhance that understanding and not vice versa.
Saunders Mac Lane
In order to use the Assessment Tool you must register with your user name and user
id. Please use the user name and user id you have been provided.
If you have not been given one or you do not know it, click on the first letter of your last name in the alphabet listing
below. In the list of names which appears, click on your name.
If you do not remember your user name or are unsure of how we have recorded
your name, or have problems in accessing your records click on the first letter of your last
name below. Your name will appear in the listing below. Choose it and then
supply your ID.
If you have trouble accessing your registration
information, please write to me at
wnk at hamline.edu
or contact the Department of Mathematics at
math at wnk.hamline.edu