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Exit Exams

Math 89, 90, or 91
Study guide
Information for students who want to refresh their knowledge of Math 89, 90, or 91 before taking an exit exam

Math 104A
Study guide
Math Tutorial Center (Students studying for the Math 104A exit exam who want to go over homework problems are welcome to make use of the Math Tutorial Center.)

Math 104B
Study guide
Math Tutorial Center (Students studying for the Math 104B exit exam who want to go over homework problems are welcome to make use of the Math Tutorial Center.)

Math 105
Study guide (topics and review questions)
Trigonometry notes (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)
Formulas from prior courses students are expected to know
Formula sheet that will be available during the exam


General information
Exit exams can be taken at the University Testing Center located in Library South, second floor.
Math exit exams are for placement purposes only. They are not intended as alternatives to passing a class. If a student has at any point enrolled in a MATH class at CSULA, then that student may not take any math exit exam, with the following exceptions:

Exception: A student whose one-year timeline (under EO665) for completing remediation in math has expired may take math exit exams. (Example: A student began in Fall 2011 but has not yet passed Math 91 by the end of Summer 2012. This student may then take math exit exams.)
Exception: A student who has passed MATH 102 may take the Math 104A exit exam.
Exception: If a student previously passed a math class, then the student may take the exit exam for that class. (This will be relevant to students whose prerequisite expired after a year. Example: A student who got a B in MATH 091 more than one year ago may take the Math 91 exit exam, in order to meet the prerequisite for MATH 102.)
Note: The Math Department may allow additional exceptions for students with extraordinary circumstances.
Note: Students who have registered in a MATH class but not yet enrolled in any MATH classes may take math exit exams. (Example: In mid-August, student in Summer Bridge registers for a Fall Quarter MATH 091 course and wishes to take the Math 91 exit exam in late August. That student may take the Math 91 exit exam, because the quarter hasn't started yet; therefore the student has not yet enrolled in the course, even though he or she has registered for it.)
Note: Early Start math courses will not be considered MATH courses, because they have the prefix ESM instead of MATH. Indeed, we encourage Early Start instructors to advise selected students to take exit exams as appropriate before Fall Quarter, so that students can begin their college careers in the correct MATH course when they matriculate.

All exams are multiple-choice. For Math 89, 90, and 91, a score of 12 constitutes a passing score. For Math 104A and 104B, passing requires 12 out of 15, and for Math 105, 11 out of 14. Each exam can be taken two times per quarter, but not more than once a day.
The outcome of an exit exam does not affect any course grades. Passing an exit exam does not give credit for the corresponding course.
No more than two exit exams per student per course per any given three-month period. (Example: A student takes the Math 104A exit exam on Sept. 5, 2013 and again on Sept. 17, 2013 and does not pass either time. The student may not take the exam again until Dec. 5, 2013.) Exception: For Math 89, 90, and 91, a student who comes “close” to passing (as defined by the Math Dept.) may take the exit exam a third time during that three-month period.
No more than one exit exam per student per course per day. (Example 1: A student takes a Math 90 exit exam and passes. That student may then take the Math 91 exit exam later that day. Example 2: A student takes a Math 91 exit exam and does not pass. That student may not take the Math 91 exit exam again later that day.)
All prerequisites for the following MATH courses must have been completed within the past year: MATH 100, 102, 104A, 104B, 105, 109, 204, 206 and 242. This includes use of an exit exam as a prerequisite. (Example: A student passed the Math 91 exit exam more than one year ago. The student must either pass that exam again or else pass a Math 91 class in order to enroll in Math 102.)

Any questions regarding the above policies should be directed to the Department of Mathematics (323-343-2150).

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Last Update: 06/19/2013