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SKILLS ASSESSMENT PREPARATION: MATH NEWNHAM & YORK LEARNING CENTRE AGENDA FOR WORKSHOP Introduction • Purpose for testing • Testing conditions • Useful links Testing types: • • • Arithmetic Algebra Technical Math Select practice problems INTRODUCTION Why skills assessment? • Tool to determine academic placement; • All new Seneca students take placement tests; Is done after acceptance to the program; First-semester timetable depends on assessment • • Important Links TEST CENTRE senecacollege.ca/testcentre LEARNING CENTRE senecacollege.ca/learningcentres KNOW WHAT TESTS YOU WILL WRITE: senecacollege.ca/testcentre/program-testing.html SKILLS ASSESSMENT (SAMPLE QUESTIONS) senecacollege.ca/testcentre/assessment-prep.html ACCUPLACER (INFORMATION) senecacollege.ca/testcentre/accuplacer.html STUDY TIPS senecacollege.ca/learningcentres/tips.html Important Information Please Note scrap paper is not permitted • You may use the paper you receive, during the exam, as scrap paper Calculators are not permitted • You are not allowed to use a calculator during the exam Cellphones or other communication devices are not permitted in the Test Centre Length of Math Examination English/Math testing – approx. three hours Arithmetic Testing Arithmetic (17 questions) Operations addition, subtraction, multiplication, division • With whole numbers; • With fractions; • With Decimals General number facts • Arranging in order • Rounding • Estimating Percent calculations Applications and problem solving Algebra Testing (14 questions) Number • Expressions with absolute value • Operations with integers and rational numbers • Operations with roots (radicals) and simplifying expressions with radicals Expressions • • • • • Evaluating Solving equations Solving and graphing Inequalities Adding and subtracting polynomials Solving quadratic equations (by factoring) Word problems • Translating written phrases into algebraic expressions • Solving word problems • Solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context Arithmetic and Algebra general expectations Basic geometric facts: • The sum of internal angles in a triangle, rectangle • The area formula for a rectangle, square, triangle, circle • The idea of perimeter Basic number facts and properties • Division by zero is not permitted • Square root of negative numbers is not permitted Properties of Operations • Exponent properties • Operations with negative numbers • Order of operations Percent • Converting between fractions, decimals, and percent • Calculating percent of a number, what percent is a number, and of what number is given percent Technical Math (CAT3 Level 19 Test) For Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Technology students ONLY - Canadian Achievement Test 3rd Edition – CAT3 - Mathematics TEST TERMS/ FORMAT • 40 min long, 30 multiple choice questions • Calculators are not permitted Technical Math (CAT3 Level 19 Test) Expressions • • • • Evaluating Solving equations Adding and subtracting polynomials Multiplying binomials Word problems • • • • Translating written phrases into algebraic expressions Solving word problems Solving verbal problems presented in an algebraic context Proportional reasoning questions (rates and proportions) Graphing • Slope • Increasing and decreasing relationships • Reading from and interpreting bar graphs, histograms, and other Technical Math (CAT3 Level 19 Test) General Expectations Basic geometric facts: • The sum of internal angles in a triangle, rectangle • The area formula for a rectangle, square, triangle, circle • The idea of perimeter Basic number facts and properties • Division by zero is not permitted • Square root of negative numbers is not permitted Properties of Operations • Exponent properties • Operations with negative numbers • Order of operations Percent • Converting between fractions, decimals, and percent • Calculating percent of a number, what percent is a number, and of what number is given percent. SELECT PRACTICE PROBLEMS WILL FOLLOW… Thank you for participating and good luck with your studies The Learning Centre is here to assist you with your studies through one-on-one tutoring, workshops, resources and more. SenecaLC www.senecacollege.ca/learningcentres