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 General Chemistry. Both courses satisfy requirements for degrees in biology, chemistry, and prerequisites for students interested in pursuing a health care profession. (Note: A student who places into Honors Chemistry may elect to take General Chemistry but they must notify Cynthia.Hoffman@unt.edu by June 13th.)
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 2.
All placement exams will be taken online in a secure environment, and tests are scored by UNT faculty from the chemistry and mathematics departments, who then inform TAMS of students’ placement results.
Summer Orientation 2022 Testing Schedule
- Precalculus/Calculus 1 placement test = Monday, June 6th, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. (No calculators permitted)
- Calculus 1/Calculus 2 placement test = Tuesday, June 7th, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Non-graphing calculator permitted excluding TI-83 and TI-84)
- Calculus 3 or higher placement test = Eligible students will be invited based on scores from the first two math placement tests.
- Chemistry/Honors Chemistry placement test = Wednesday, June 8th, 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, while students who have only taken a precalculus course will likely not place into Calculus 1. Remember that precalculus and calculus in high school are very different from those courses taught by PhD professors in a university setting, so students should NOT think they are somehow re-taking a course. Students who decide not to take one or more of the placement tests must notify Cynthia.Hoffman@unt.edu so that TAMS has a record of a student’s decision. Students who do not take a placement test will be enrolled in Precalculus and General Chemistry 1.
Only in rare circumstances will students who miss the testing dates be allowed an opportunity to take the first math placement test and the Chemistry placement test. These students must contact Dr. Eric.Gruver@unt.edu directly.
UNT’s Department of Mathematics and Department of Chemistry develop, score the placement tests, and analyze students’ result to determine the most appropriate enrollment for each student. TAMS/UNT does not consider courses a student 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 receives a score of 5 on the AP Calculus AB or BC exam. AP scores below a 5 will not be considered.