# Frequently Asked Questions on the BUMPT

Q 1. Who needs to take the BU Math Placement Test (BUMPT)?

Q 4. Can I use a calculator on the test? What else do I need to bring to the test?

If your question is not answered here, send an email to Excel.

# Answers

Q 1. Who needs to take the BU Math Placement Test (BUMPT)?

A. BUMPT is taken by new students of Bradley University.

Q 2. When and where do I take the BUMPT? How long is the test?

A. You take it during the summer orientation at a computer lab on campus. The test lasts 60 minutes.

Q 3. What is the format of the test?

A. BUMPT contains 50 online multiple-choice questions.

Q 4. Can I use a calculator on the test? What else do I need to bring to take the test?

A. Calculators are not permitted. You need to remember your BU ID number and bring a pen/pencil with you. Scratch paper will be provided.

Q 5. What is the purpose of the BUMPT?

A. The result of the BUMPT is used to determine the appropriate math class (from basic college mathematics, MTH100 to first semester calculus MTH121) you should take so that you have the highest chance of success.

Q 6. How is my BUMPT score used to determine my placement?

A. During summer orientation you and an academic advisor will determine the course you should take based on your BUMPT score or a combination of your BUMPT score and ACT score (if available). The combined score is a better predictor of your success in the math course in which you are placed than the BUMPT score alone.

Q 7. If I am a transfer student, do I need to take the BUMPT?

A. No.

Q 8. What are the topics covered in the Placement Test?

A. The test covers the following topics.

First 42 Questions:

• Simplifying algebraic expressions
• Order of operations
• Solving linear and quadratic equations
• Solving absolute value, rational, and radical equations
• Solving linear and quadratic inequalities
• Evaluating radical and rational expressions
• Graphs of basic linear and polynomial functions
• Systems of equations
• Factoring polynomials
• Exponential and logarithmic functions
• Solving exponential and logarithmic equations
• Properties of functions

Last 8 Questions (for students intending to take calculus):

• Basic trigonometric functions and their variations
• Domain, range, and graphs of trig functions
• Trigonometric identities
• Solving trigonometric equations
• Right triangles

Q 9. What are my options if I am not placed into a calculus course that I need to take?

A. Please talk to your academic adviser or the Chair of the Mathematics Department.