Frequently asked questions about the Math Assessment Test

The following page outlines common questions that students have about the math assessment test. If you have any questions about the test that are not answered here, please email the Math Department. (math [at]

Question: When do I take the Math Assessment Test (MAT)?
You can take the test anytime once you have a email address and can log into Moodle (

 We strongly encourage you to take the test before term begins.

If you don’t complete the test before term begins, we will require you to take the assessment test during your first week of classes.

 You will be assigned a date and time to complete the test.

Question: How long is the MAT and how much time will I have?
The test will have 25 questions. You will have 50 minutes to complete it, and the passing mark is 60%.

Question: What happens if I fail the test?
You have the option of trying the test a second time. Students who are unable to pass the test, after two attempts,

will be automatically unregistered from their course, unless they consult with their professor.

You should then take the preparatory Math 1011 (Functions) course offered in the Fall semester.

After you complete Functions you can take Calculus without writing the Math Placement Test again.


Question: Can I start going to class before I take the test?

Yes.  Please go to class in your first week of classes,even if you haven't done the test yet.

But, again, we encourage you to do the test before term begins.

Question: Do I have to take the test if I have already passed the test in a previous year?


Question: I have already passed something called the Math Placement Test at Mount Allison.  Is that the same as the Assessment Test?


Question: Do I have to take the test if I have already taken MATH 1111 or Math 1151, but failed the course?


Question: Do I have to take the test if I have previously registered in MATH 1111 or Math 1151, but withdrew from the course?
Only if you have not previously taken the test.

Question: I am registered for MATH 1111 or Math 1151 in the Winter term. Should I take the assessment test in September or January?
You can take the test at any time before the course begins.

Question: I need to review math before I take the test. How do I do this?
There are many ways to review. First, take the on-line sample assessment test it Moodle.

 It will show you the areas of math where you are weak.

 Make a list of areas that you need to review. Review these areas using old notes that you have from high school,

 or use the Web to find tutorial pages on the content you need to review.


Question: If I pass the Math Assessment Test, but don't feel confident in my math background,

               can I choose to take Math 1011 instead of Math 1111 or Math 1151?

Two particularly good Web sites for this are Purplemath and S.O.S. Mathematics. Note that both these Web sites cover additional material to what is required in preparation to take the test.

Two additional resources are Khan Academy and Just Math Tutorials  which are video based. You will need to select the videos that are relevant to what you need to review.