High School Prognostic Tests – MAA Placement Test Suite – Maplesoft

High School Prognostic Tests

The Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite includes a set of high school prognostic tests that provide projected placements in college mathematics courses long before students arrive on campus. By using these tests, colleges can ensure that more incoming students are prepared for college-level mathematics courses. Colleges can save money by reducing the number of remedial classes they offer and students can avoid the extra time and costs associated with taking remedial courses that do not count towards their degrees.

  • Tests were developed by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) in conjunction with a number of state-wide initiatives to improve student preparation for college or university mathematics courses.
  • Similar to the tests in the Placement Test Suite, the high school prognostics tests have undergone rigorous testing and validation by the MAA, so the results give a very good indication of the students’ abilities.
  • With these tests, students, high school teachers, and guidance counselors can detect weaknesses early, while there is still time to take corrective action in high school. Similarly, students who perform well can move on to advanced courses or additional subjects, confident that they have a firm grasp of the mathematics they need.
  • The high school prognostic tests are aligned with the regular placement tests in the Placement Test Suite, ensuring that scores on the high school tests are reliable predictors of scores on the regular placement tests.
  • Testing during high school encourages high school students to maintain their math skills and to continue taking math classes, so they are better prepared for a broader range of fields of study.
  • As part of a college outreach program, high school testing can increase student interest in attending that college or university, as students become more familiar with the institution and more confident that they will succeed there.
  • Different levels of tests cover elementary, intermediate, and advanced high school mathematics, so tests can be administered to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Tests include calculator-based, graphing calculator-based, and regular versions to suit the preferred curriculum.
  • Parallel forms of each test are available to avoid the repetition of test questions from year to year.

Overview of the High School Prognostic Tests

The high school prognostic tests provide projected placements in college mathematics courses long before students arrive on campus. By using these tests, colleges can ensure that more incoming students are prepared for college-level mathematics courses. Both colleges and students can then avoid the extra time and costs associated with remedial courses.

The high school prognostic tests cover elementary, intermediate, and advanced high school mathematics. Some of the tests are designed for use with calculators or graphing calculators. There are two or three parallel forms of each of the five different tests, resulting in a total of 13 distinct tests. Each test consists of 25 to 32 multiple choice questions that can be administered in 45 minutes or less. The tables below outline the topics covered in each test, along with the number of test questions in that particular topic. Note that some questions are counted more than once, so the total number of questions may be more than the number of questions on the test. The time limits are those recommended by the Mathematical Association of America .

 

Prognostic Test Topic Number of Test Questions

Elementary High School Mathematics

32 questions
45 minutes

Arithmetic of Rational Numbers
5
Perimeters, Areas, and Volumes
2
Perimeters, Areas, and Volumes
1
Linear Equations and Formula Evaluation
4
Factoring and Algebraic Fractions
4
Graphing and Distance
5
Exponents and Radicals
6
Absolute Value
1
Linear Inequalities
1
Systems of Equations
1
Operations with Algebraic Expressions
2
Quadratic Equations
1
Fractional Equations
2

Intermediate High School Mathematics

32 questions
45 minutes

Arithmetic of Rational Numbers
1
Number Order Relations
1
Linear Equations and Formula Evaluation
5
Factoring and Algebraic Fractions
3
Graphing and Distance
4
Exponents and Radicals
6
Absolute Value
2
Linear Inequalities
1
Systems of Equations
1
Operations with Algebraic Expressions
5
Quadratic Equations
2
Fractional Equations
2

Calculator-Based Elementary High School

32 questions
40 minutes

Arithmetic of Rational Numbers
2
Number Order Relations
1
Operations with Algebraic Expressions
3
Absolute Value
1
Exponents and Radicals
6
Linear Equations and Inequalities
4
Systems of Equations
1
Quadratic and Fractional Equations
3
Graphing and Distance
3
Word Problems
7
Geometry
3
Percent
4
Calculator Active
13

Graphing-Calculator-Based Intermediate High School Mathematics

25 questions
45 minutes

Arithmetic of Rational Numbers
2
Number Order Relations
1
Linear Equations and Formula Evaluation
3
Factoring and Algebraic Fractions
4
Graphing and Distance
1
Exponents and Radicals
2
Absolute Value
1
Linear Inequalities
2
Systems of Equations
2
Operations with Algebraic Expressions
3
Translation of Axes
1
Radical Functions
2
Polynomial Equations and Inequalities
7
Graphical Problem Solving
7
Probability and Statistics
2
Algebraic Representations
3
Applications
5
Geometry
3
Graphing-Calculator Active
6
Scientific-Calculator Active
4

Graphing-Calculator-Based Advanced High School Mathematics

25 questions
45 minutes

Equations and Factoring
1
Operations with Algebraic Expressions
2
Inequalities and Absolute Values
1
Polynomial Equations and Inequalities
4
Functional Notation
2
Graphs of Functions
4
Graphical Problem Solving
2
Geometry and Measurement
5
Translation of Axes
1
Word Problems and Modeling
6
Concept Formulation
3
Numerical Awareness
2
Exponents and Logarithms
4
Exponential Functions
4
Trigonometry
6
Scientific-Calculator Active
9
Graphing-Calculator Active
4

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