Developmental Math Assessment
A placement score is required to enroll in math and/or English classes at Liberty. This score is calculated based on SAT/ACT, unweighted high school GPA, and the Math and English Assessment tests. It is recommended that new students take the Math and English Assessment tests before arriving on campus. The purpose of the Math Assessment test is to determine your knowledge of arithmetic and algebra at the present time; the English Assessment tests your knowledge of basic writing skills.
It is important that you do your own work and give your best effort on this test so that you will be placed in courses where you will be successful. Attempting a course that is above your skill level most likely will result in poor grades or withdrawal from the course. Taking a course below your skill level may lead to boredom and inattention and consequently a poor grade.
It is recommended that you review before taking the test. Topics to review for the Math Assessment include:
- Operations with integers, fractions, decimals, percents, and absolute values
- Evaluating algebraic expressions
- Adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing polynomials
- Solving linear, absolute value, and quadratic equations and inequalities
- Graphing lines
- Solving systems of linear equations
- Adding and multiplying complex numbers
Sample Test Questions
Online Review Resources
To help you review include algebra textbooks and websites such as:
The English Assessment focuses on these broad topics. Make sure you are familiar with them before you begin the test:
- Modes of Writing: Narrative, Descriptive, Illustration, Comparison, Classification, Definition, and Argument
- Content: identifying the author’s credibility, author’s audience, methods of support, and relevant details
- Organization: identifying topic sentences, supporting details, transition sentences, and effective concluding sentences
- Revision: selecting the best revision of sample sentences in the context of a paragraph/essay
- Diction: selecting the best word to use in the context of a sentence
- Grammar: evaluating sentences for appropriate use of grammar and mechanics
- Style: identifying the author’s tone, theme, the point of view, clichés, overuse of phrases
- Reading Comprehension: reading a selection and identifying key elements of plot or theme
Taking the Tests
It is recommended that you have no distractions during the tests.
- Do not attempt to take the assessment on your phone. Use Firefox or Chrome on a computer.
- Do not have the television on
- Do not talk with people
- Do not answer the phone
The following behaviors are inappropriate:
- Receiving assistance of any kind from anyone or any source
- Using a calculator, book, notes, or other people
- Going to any other website during the test
You may use paper and pencils to work out the problems.
- Go to canvas.liberty.edu.
- Enter your username and password.
- Click on “Access Courses in Canvas Here”
- Click on “Assessment-Math” or “Assessment-English”
- Click on the test and follow the directions
Math course assignments
The test is online and available on Canvas. The test has two parts.
- Part I has 30 multiple choice problems.
- Part II is 20 multiple choice problems.
Depending on your score on Part I, you may or may not be asked to complete Part II.
For questions about the Math Assessment Test, contact:
Coordinator of Developmental Math
DeMoss Hall 4284
For questions about the English Assessment Test, contact:
Dr. Ginny Dow
Chair of General Education English
If you are an online student, contact a Math/English Assessment representative at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are permitted to register for MATH 114, 115, 117, 121, or 201, but are interested in taking another course, contact:
Mr. Robert Young
Chair of the Math Department
DeMoss Hall, Room 4284