The Mathematics Readiness Test (MRT) is a test of basic high school math skills, including algebra and trigonometry. All new first-year and transfer students must take the MRT before registering for classes. This means you need to take it before coming to Orientation.

For information about how the MRT is scored, see score interpretation guidelines.

Accessing the Test

The MRT is administered through an online homework system called WebAssign, which is used in many Math classes at UVM.

If you are entering UVM in the Fall semester and pay your deposit on time, we will automatically register you for the MRT. You will receive an email with login information and instructions in mid-May.

If you are entering UVM at some other time (such as Spring) and have not received an email indicating that you have been registered for the MRT, please email Include your full name, your UVM ID number and your UVM NetID, and tell us which college you are enrolled in (for example, Arts and Sciences). Please do NOT try to create your own account for the test; we must register you on our end.

Taking the MRT

Logging in to take the MRT. Once you have been registered for the MRT, go to The first time you log in, sign in under LINK YOUR WEB ASSIGN ACCOUNT with the username and temporary password you were given. The institution is UVM. You will then be prompted to create a Cengage account. Your name and UVM email address should already be filled in for you. Check that your information is correct. Note that there are two different forms of your UVM email address; make note of the form of your UVM email address used. Choose your own password and re-enter it to confirm.

When you go back to log in again, go to and sign in with your Cengage account, using the email address and password that you set up.

Prepare for the MRT. Once logged in, you will be able to access a set of Practice and Review Problems that you can work on at your leisure before taking the test. The practice problems have built-in help, including video tutorials you can watch if you need to review a topic, and you get several tries for each question. You can log out at any time and come back later to continue working on the practice problems.

Take the MRT. The MRT is timed. You will have 45 minutes from the time you open it to complete the test. Be sure to have a pencil or pen and plenty of scrap paper on hand before you begin, and do not open the MRT until you are ready to take it; there is no way to pause or stop the clock. You will get two tries for each question on the MRT, and must complete the test without any outside assistance and without reference materials of any kind. Do not use a calculator.

Extended Time. Students needing extended time on tests: Please contact Student Accessibility Services before taking the MRT.


If you have any other questions about the MRT, please contact