Preparing for the Placement Exams

Math Exam


These workshops provide an opportunity to review pre-college mathematics that you may have forgotten since you last took a math course. Plan to attend a workshop in advance of taking or retaking the math placement exam. You will need time to practice the skills you have reviewed in the workshop in order to be better prepared to take the placement exam. The time spent reviewing and studying now will help ensure you start college math at the appropriate level, and with your math skills refreshed and ready for new challenges.

The topics reviewed in each workshop are included below.  Students are free to attend either workshop or a combination of the two. 

Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the Academic Centers for Excellence at (574) 520-5022.

Workshop Schedule - Summer 2015

Day Date Time Topic Area Location
Thursday June 11 5:00p - 6:00p Part A Northside Hall 376
Thursday June 11 6:00p - 8:00p Part B Northside Hall 376
Monday July 20 5:00p - 7:00p Part A   Northside Hall 376
Wednesday July 22 5:00p - 7:00p Part B Northside Hall 376

There is no cost to attend a workshop. All workshops are held on the South Bend campus in Northside Hall, Room 376. Click here for directions.

* List of topics covered in the math workshops

Part A: Advanced Arithmetic
Meaning of fractions and decimals
Operations on fractions and decimal numbers
Meaning and use of percents and proportions
Operations and signed numbers
Square roots and cube roots
The Pythagorean theorem
Area and perimeter of rectangles and triangles

Part B: Beginning Algebra

Evaluation of expressions and equations
Solution of linear equations
Meaning of integer exponents
Application of rules of integer exponents
Operations on polynomials
Factoring quadratic polynomials

Can't attend a workshop?
Click here for a math practice exam

Click here for the answer key

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