Math Insight

Overview of: Gateway exam

The Math 1241 gateway exam is designed to verify that you have master based algebra skills and so are poised to succeed with Math 1241. The exam is at a slightly higher level than the placement exam that was taken to qualify to take calculus, except without trigonometry. It emphasizes functions, variables, parameters, and inequalities.

The main components of the gateway exam are:

  1. Composition of functions
  2. Exponentiation
  3. Logarithms
  4. Linear equations
  5. Quadratic equations and other simple polynomial equations
  6. Inequalities

You can practice the problems from the Gateway exam by taking the Gateway exam practice.

Exam logistics

The Gateway exam can be taken in the computer lab located in Elliott Hall, room S121, on the following Thursdays between 11:15AM and 2:15PM:

  • September 8
  • September 15
  • September 22
  • October 13

Note: you must reach 60% by September 15 and 80% by October 13.

Calculator policy: a scientific calculator is allowed, but no graphing calculator.
No notes, textbook, or other electronic equipment (such as phones) allowed.

Points and due date summary

Total points: 10
Assigned: Sept. 8, 2016, midnight
Due: Oct. 13, 2016, 2:30 p.m.
Time limit: 50 minutes

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