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Why Use the Möbius MAA Placement Tests
Place your incoming students in the right mathematics courses quickly
and painlessly using the renowned Mathematical Association of America (MAA)
placement tests offered online exclusively through the Möbius Assessment testing
MAA Placement Tests
Student success. Today's students arrive with a wide range
of backgrounds in mathematics. Correct placement ensures higher success rates for
students. Students are more satisfied with the education they are receiving, and
instructors can focus on teaching the content of the course instead of dealing with
ill-prepared students. Institutions can plan appropriate levels of courses and be
confident that they are meeting students’ needs.
Created by experts. MAA placement test items are written
and MAA placement tests are constructed by panels of college mathematics teachers
who are directly involved with teaching students the courses served by the placement
tests. Final approval for each test comes from the MAA.
Statistically rigorous and validated. Before a test can
become an MAA standard or calculator-based placement test, it is first administered
at select institutions. The results undergo detailed analysis, with modifications
and further trials as required. While it is not possible for the millions of
variations of algorithmic tests to undergo the same testing procedure, the
algorithmic tests are based on the original algorithms used to create the parallel
forms of the standard placement tests. All of the algorithmic questions have been
reviewed and approved by the MAA.
content validity. MAA placement tests have high content validity in the
judgement of college faculty members who either helped construct the tests or
piloted the tests at their institutions. For three decades, many mathematics
departments have found the tests reliable and valid for appropriately placing
students in entry level mathematics courses. The tests assess simple computational
and manipulative skills in unrehearsed contexts as well as understanding of
fundamental concepts needed for success in introductory mathematics courses.
Trusted for decades. Started in 1977, MAA placement tests
are used by hundreds of institutions throughout the U.S.