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Placement Tests, Math Department Pre-Tests, CLEP Examinations

Placement Tests

The Learning Center is responsible for the placement of those students who are admitted with deficiencies in English, math, and reading.  Each student’s placement in English, math, and reading is determined based on his score on Computerized Placement Test (CPT) through BlackBoard.  Each of our placement tests is developed to correlate with its corresponding course; therefore, we cannot accept placement scores from other colleges.

The placement tests are administered each day, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Students should visit or call the Learning Center after receiving a letter or email from the Admissions Office.  Learning Center staff administer the tests and make placement recommendations based on the resulting scores.

The English, reading and math placement tests are not timed.  Students are encouraged to arrive early to avoid rushing through the tests.

The placement test can also be taken from an off-campus location using the Respondus lockdown browser and a webcam.  For information on taking the placement test from an off-campus location, please contact the Learning Center at (580) 745-2990 or by e-mail at learningcenter@se.edu.

Math Department Pre-Tests

College Algebra Departmental Pre-test
The college algebra departmental placement exam is a prerequisite to enroll in MATH 1513 – College Algebra.  This test is administered in the Learning Center from 8:00-5:00, Monday through Friday.  The test consists of  25 questions, and a passing score is 60%.  The following is a list of objective/skills that are required for enrollment in College Algebra:

1.  Order of Operations
2.  Solve Linear Equations-A
3.  Solve Linear Equations-B
4.  Solve/Evaluate Formula
5.  Solve Linear Inequalities-A
6.  Solve Linear Inequalities-B
7.  Evaluate Absolute Value
8.  Use Exponent Rules
9.  Evaluate with Negative Exponents
10. Multiplication-Monomials, Product Rule
11.  Negative Exponents, Power Rule
12.  Multiply/Simplify Square Roots
13.  Add/Subtract/Simplify Square Roots  14.  Fractional Exponents
15.  Simplify Radical with Variables
16.  Add/Subtract Polynomials
17.  Square a Binomial
18.  Multiply Polynomials
19.  Factor Simple Polynomials
20.  Factor Special Case Polynomials
21.  Factor General Polynomials
22.  Multiply Fractions
23.  Divide Polynomials by Monomial
24.  Division of Fractions
25.  Add/Subtract Fractions

Trigonometry Departmental Pre-test
The trigonometry departmental placement exam is a prerequisite for MATH 1613 – Trigonometry.  This test is given in the Learning Center from 8:00-5:00, Monday through Friday.  There are 25 questions, and a passing score is 72%.  The following is a list of objective/skills required for enrollment in Trigonometry:

1.  Solve Linear Equations-B
2.  Solve Linear Inequalities-B
3.  Use Exponent Rules
4.  Evaluate with Negative Exponents
5.  Multiplication-Monomials, Product Rule
6.  Negative Exponents, Power Rule
7.  Multiply/Simplify Square Roots
8.  Add/Subtract/Simplify Square Roots
9.  Fractional Exponents
10. Simplify Radical with Variables
11.  Add/Subtract Polynomials
12.  Square a Binomial
13.  Multiply Polynomials 14.  Factor Simple Polynomials
15.  Factor Special Case Polynomials
16.  Factor General Polynomials
17.   Multiply Fractions
18.  Divide Polynomials by Monomial
19.  Division of Fractions
20.  Add/Subtract Fractions
21.  Finding Slopes of Lines
22.  Finding Equations of Lines
23.  Evaluating Functions
24.  Equations of Parabolas
25.  Solving Quadratic Equations

Calculus Departmental Pre-test
The calculus departmental placement exam is a prerequisite for MATH 2143 – Brief Calculus.  This test is given in the Learning Center from 8:00-5:00, Monday through Friday. There are 25 questions, and a passing score is 64%.  The following is a list of objective/skills required for enrollment in Brief Calculus:

1.  Solve Linear Equations-B
2.  Solve Linear Inequalities-B
3.  Use Exponent Rules
4.  Evaluate with Negative Exponents
5.  Multiplication-Monomials, Product Rule
6.  Negative Exponents, Power Rule
7.  Multiply/Simplify Square Roots
8.  Add/Subtract/Simplify Square Roots
9.  Fractional Exponents
10. Simplify Radical with Variables
11.  Add/Subtract Polynomials
12.  Square a Binomial
13.  Multiply Polynomials  14.  Factor Simple Polynomials
15.  Factor Special Case Polynomials
16.  Factor General Polynomials
17.   Multiply Fractions
18.  Divide Polynomials by Monomial
19.  Division of Fractions
20.  Add/Subtract Fractions
21.  Finding Slopes of Lines
22.  Finding Equations of Lines
23.  Evaluating Functions
24.  Equations of Parabolas
25.  Solving Quadratic Equations

Residual ACT

(Residual ACT test scores are for SE admission purposes only.)

How To Register –  Pay $66.00 registration fee in the Office of Finance prior to the test date (580-745-2350).  The receipt from the Office of Finance is required at the time of the test.

Place – Hallie McKinney – first floor room 145 in the Learning Center (below Center for Student Success)

Time – 1:00 p.m. (approximately 5  hrs.) The test will not be given to anyone arriving after 1:00 p.m.

Fee – $66.00 (Fee is subject to change without notice.)

Cell Phones are not allowed in the testing room

Photo ID – Required

Acceptable Forms of Identification (ACT Policy): All identification must be original, not a photocopy or reproduction.  No stamped, computer-generated, or reproduced signatures are allowed.  School issued identification, publications, letters, and transcripts are not acceptable for home-schooled examinees.

 Current Official Photo Identification –Must be issued by your school or city/state/federal government (such as driver’s license or passport) on which both your first and last names and photo appear.

Letter of identification – must include photo – issued by your school: Must be individually completed in English and signed in ink by a school official (who may not be a relative) and include all of the following: your date of birth,
your gender, the name of your high school and its location (e.g., city, state), your recent and recognizable individual head-and-shoulders photo attached to the letter with a raised or inked school seal or school official’s signature in ink overlapping a portion of the photo.You must sign the letter in ink in the presence of the school official.

Notarized statement with photo: If you do not have either of the above forms of photo ID, contact a notary public (who may not be a relative). Attach a current photo of yourself to a sworn statement in English that identifies you by first and last names. You must sign this statement in ink in the presence of the notary public, who must affix the notary seal or stamp overlapping a portion of the photo.

If you present an acceptable school letter or notarized statement, you must sign it again in the presence of test center staff on test day.

Unacceptable Forms of Identification – Birth certificate; ChildFind ID card; charge, bank, check cashing, or credit cards with or without photo; fishing or hunting license; graduation picture or family portrait; high school transcript with or without photo; ID issued by an employer; learner’s driving permit or temporary/replacement driver’s license without photo; letter of identification without a photo; organization membership card; passport or other photo ID so old that the person presenting it cannot be identified; phone calls to the test center to identify examinee; photo ID issued by a business for promotional purposes; photo ID of parents or guardians; photo with student’s name embossed or printed on the photo by a photographer; police report of a stolen purse or wallet; published individual photo; report card or diploma; social security card; traffic ticket; and web page with photo

Retest Restriction – If a student tested previously via residual or any other non-national testing, the retest should be taken on a national test day. If this is not possible, a minimum of 60 days must elapse before another residual test may be taken. This restriction is necessary to ensure that recent familiarity with questions on the test form is not reflected in inappropriately higher scores. It is the responsibility of the testing institution to incorporate this restriction into its residual testing procedures. If the 60-day time limit is violated, the retest scores will be canceled automatically. No refund will be made for such canceled retests.

Scores  –Residual ACT scores are for students who: 1) are enrolled, 2) have been admitted, or 3) are applying for admission to SE.  Scores are valid only at SE and cannot be transferred to any other institution or agency.   No score reports will be generated by SE (or ACT) to students, high schools, colleges, or scholarship agencies.

Calculators – ACT permits examinees to use a calculator on the Mathematics Test (Test 2) but not on any of the other tests.  Use of a calculator is optional.  All problems on the Mathematics Test can be solved without a calculator.  Any four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator may be used, unless it is specifically prohibited as described below.

Prohibited calculators:

  • Texas Instruments:  All model numbers that begin with TI-89 or TI-92; and the TI-Nspire CAS–Note:  The TI-Nspire (non CAS) is permitted
  • Hewlett-Packard: HP 48GII and all model numbers that begin with HP 40G, HP 49G, or HP 50G
  • Casio:  Algebra fx 2.0, ClassPad 300, and all model numbers that begin with CFX–9970G
  • Handheld, tablet, or laptop computers, including PDAs
  • Electronic writing pads or pen-input devices–Note:  The Sharp EL 9600 is permitted.
  • Calculators built into cell phones or other electronic communication devices
  • Calculators with a typewriter keypad (keys in QWERTY format)–Note:  Letter keys not in QWERTY format are permitted

The following types of calculators are permitted, but only after they are modified as noted:

  • Calculators with paper tape–remove the tape
  • Calculators that make noise–turn off the sound
  • Calculators that can communicate wirelessly with other calculators–completely cover the infrared data port with heavy opaque material, such as duct tape or electrician’s tape (includes Hewlett-Packard HP 38G and HP 39G series and HP 48G)
  • Calculators that have power cords–remove all power/electrical cords.
    Examinees are responsible for bringing a permitted calculator and making sure it works properly.  The test site is not expected to provide calculators or batteries.  Examinees may not share calculators.  They may use a backup calculator if their primary calculator fails but may not use more than one calculator at a time.

Test Participants will be the ONLY People Allowed in the Testing Room

Do NOT bring Cell Phones, Friends, Pets, etc. with you to take the Residual ACT Test.

CLEP Tests

College Level Examination Program Southeastern is a National testing center.  Exams taken through the National or open testing conditions are transferable to any institution accepting CLEP scores (check receiving institution’s criteria for accepting and awarding credit). Southeastern’s CLEP code is 6657. The total cost is $102.00 per test; however, prices are subject to change. $87 is paid to CLEP during registration, and $15 is paid to the business office at Southeastern. Advance registration is required. Requests may be sent to the Southeastern Learning Center at learningcenter@se.edu or by calling 580-745-2990.

Students must now present two forms of personal identification in order to be admitted to a CLEP testing room. The primary form of identification must be a government-issued photo ID card that bears the student’s signature. The secondary form of identification must have a signature or photo, and the name on the secondary form of identification must be IDENTICAL to the name on the primary form of identification. All funded military candidates must present a current military ID and a second form of government-issued photo ID.

As of January 1st, 2014, all CLEP® exam payments must be made by test-takers online at Collegeboard.

Contact the Learning Center for a complete list of CLEP examinations, the Southeastern course equivalency, and the score requirements to receive semester credit.