Summer Orientation 2021 Testing

TAMS Summer Orientation includes placement testing for chemistry and mathematics enrollment. Students will take a chemistry placement exam and those results will determine whether or not a student takes General Chemistry or Honors Chemistry. (Note: A student who places into Honors Chemistry may elect to take General Chemistry but they must notify by June 23rd.)

Likewise, students’ have the option to take a math placement test—at least one--the first of which will determine whether or not a student is qualified to enroll in Calculus 1. Students who think they possess advanced math knowledge and skills can elect to take a second math placement test that will determine if they place into Calculus 1 or Calculus 2. Students who score well enough on this second math placement exam may be invited to take a third math placement test to see if they qualify to enroll in math courses above Calculus II.

All placement exams will be taken online and scored by UNT faculty from the chemistry and mathematics departments, and these faculty will inform TAMS of students’ placement results.

Summer Orientation 2021 Testing Schedule

  1. Precalculus/Calculus I placement test = Monday, June 14th, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (No calculators permitted) ​
  2. Calculus I/Calculus II placement test = Tuesday, June 15th, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Non-graphing calculator permitted excluding TI-83 and TI-84)
  3. Calculus III or higher placement test = Eligible students will be invited based on scores from the first two math placement tests.
  4. Chemistry/Honors Chemistry placement test = Wednesday, June 16th, 10:00 – 11:50 a.m. (Non-programmable calculator permitted​)

Please note: Students are not required to take any of the placement tests.  In fact, students who have not taken a precalculus course should not take the math placement test.  Students who decide this option should notify Ms. Cynthia Hoffman via email so that TAMS has a record of a student’s decision.  Likewise, a student can elect to take only one of the placement tests.  Again, please notify Ms. Hoffman of your decision.  Students who do not take a placement test will be enrolled in Precalculus and General Chemistry 1.

Students admitted after the placement test dates will have an opportunity to take the first math placement test and the Chemistry placement test.  A date and time will be arranged.

TAMS relies on UNT’s Department of Mathematics and Department of Chemistry to develop and score the placement tests, and to analyze students’ scores for the purpose of student enrollment in the appropriate course.  TAMS/UNT do not include courses a student has completed in high school or via dual credit or correspondence when determining a student’s enrollment in math and chemistry.  Student learning and success is paramount, so we do not want to enroll a student in a course for which the student is unprepared.

TAMS/UNT will re-consider a student’s math placement if a student does not perform well on the math placement exams but receives a score of 5 on the AP Calculus AB or BC exam.  AP scores below a 5 will not be considered.