Frequently Asked Questions on the BUMPT

 

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

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

Q 3. What is the format of the test?

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

Q 5. What is the purpose of the BUMPT?

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

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

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

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

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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:

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


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.