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What is the Mathematics Placement Test?

If you have never taken a college mathematics course you must take a math placement test before enrolling in any math courses. You must submit your application for admission before taking the placement test.

The computerized placement test is divided into five levels of material: Prealgebra, Algebra, College Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry. Your answer in any particular section of the test will determine how many problems and which sections of the test you will see. As long as your answers are correct, the computer will continue to give you harder questions. Your answers will determine how many questions you will receive and the areas in which you will be tested.

The computer will ask you to select a starting level for the test. Your choices are "easy" (primarily Arithmetic), "medium" (Algebra,) or "difficult" (College Algebra.) For placement purposes, you must begin the test in either "easy" or "medium" level.

The test is untimed, but you should allow at least 2 hours to complete the test. The computer decides when you are finished. You must complete the test to receive a score.

The placement test may be taken at most once per semester and at most three times per year. Hand-held calculators are not allowed. There is an online calculator for use during the test.

Reviewing material that you have previously studied is recommended before you take the placement test. Sample questions for each area are available online and in the Counseling Center.

Students can take the test at the Advising Center in Rooker Hall.

Mathematics Department Contact Information

General questions and requests about the Mathematics department should be directed to Pablo Chalmeta 1-866-462-6722, extension 4266, or (540) 674-3600 extension 4266.
You may also email

Mathematics Department Faculty

Call (540) 674-3600 or toll-free 1-866-462-6722, then you will be prompted to add the extension number to reach any employee.

Christopher Brewer



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Paul Burchett


Math Adjunct Instructor

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Kasey Cantrell-McCowan


Instructor of Mathematics

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William Case


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Pablo Chalmeta


Professor of Mathematics / Department Head

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Travis Coake


Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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Debra Gupton


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Rachel Keller


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Christopher Murphy


Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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Richard Oderwald


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Robert Powers


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Kathleen Tolley


Math Lab Assistant

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Michelle Wilkins


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