University of Vermont

Math Readiness Test

UVM Math Readiness Test


Most degree programs at UVM require some mathematics, so you will probably enroll in a math course during your first year, perhaps even in the first semester. The Math Department faculty recognizes that mathematical ability, preparation, and interest vary widely from one person to another. A very important component of success in math classes is to take courses for which you have been adequately prepared. Your mathematical readiness has been influenced by your high school, your teachers, and the time and interest you devoted to your courses. This preparation cannot always be judged simply from a transcript.

The choice of your first math course at UVM is very important. Enrolling in a course that is too easy may not be challenging enough, while enrolling in one that is too hard often leads to frustration and poor performance. To assist the Mathematics Department in advising you, please take the Mathematics Readiness Test before you attend Orientation this summer. The test has 20 questions and takes about 45 minutes to complete. If you have trouble taking the test using Internet Explorer, try Firefox, and vice versa. Also make sure you have the latest version of Flash Player installed.


  • Do not use a calculator or any reference book or online reference;
  • Do not get help during the test. We need toto know your capabilities. Our advice is no better than the information you provide!

Additional Information:

  • If you have a documented disability and would like to request accommodations, please contact ACCESS for assistance with accommodations.
  • There is a set of Practice and Review questions that you can work on at your leisure to prepare for the test. Many of the practice questions have step-by-step tutorials or videos you can watch if you need some review, and you get several tries for each question. You can spend as much time as you like on the Practice and Review, and log out at any time and come back later to continue where you left off.
  • Before you take the test, try the Browser Compatibility Check to make sure there are no issues with browser compatibility, plug-ins etc. It will only take a minute, and if there is a problem, it’s better to find out before you start the test! If you do discover a problem that you cannot fix, send email to for assistance.
  • The Math Readiness Test is timed and must be completed in one sitting.  Be sure to have a pencil and plenty of scrap paper on hand before you open the test.
  • The timer starts as soon as you open the test, and it is not possible to pause the timer or logout and come back later. You can hide the timer while you take the test so that you don’t have to see the time ticking down.
  • You get two tries for each question while taking the test.
  • If you are not satisfied with your score after completing the test, we recommend spending some more time on the Practice and Review problems. Then come back when you are ready and take the test a second time.
  • Most people take the test only once, but if you take it twice, we will use your best score. (You cannot take it more than twice.)
  • The results of the Math Readiness Test will not be used for any purpose other than advising for course selection.
  • You must take the exam before you come to orientation.

When you come to Orientation you will meet with an academic advisor who will help you choose an appropriate mathematics class, taking into account your academic interests and intended course of study, as well as your score on the Math Readiness Test. Please spend some time working on the Practice and Review problems before you take the test, and give the test your best effort so that your score is an accurate reflection of your mathematical abilities.

Click here to begin the Math Readiness Test

Last modified January 15 2014 02:49 PM