There are some steps every freshman needs to do before starting the first year at METU NCC. After passing the English proficiency exam you have to take the mathematics proficiency exam, in other words, a pre-calculus exam.
What is the mathematics proficiency exam?
The exam is designed to assess your grasp on the basic fundamentals of math. You will be asked some questions from the following areas:
- Linear and quadratic equations
- Equations with exponential functions
- Equation with logarithmic functions
- Few other basic high school math questions
The mathematics proficiency exam is not a hard exam if you made it through high school math with ease. The exam will be out of 100 marks and you will be given approximately two hours to complete it.
You need to get 60 or above from the exam to be able to add the Calculus 1 course, Math 119, to your courses.
What happens if I don’t clear the exam?
Don’t worry, if you are unable to 60 or above you have to add the course precalculus course (Math 100) and take it in your first semester. After that, you can take Math 119. You can add the course with your normal departmental courses, and follow your curriculum without getting left behind.
How can I prepare my self for the mathematics proficiency exam?
It’s quite easy. Just click here to get some prep material for the exam.
If it’s not enough for you, you can search for some exam questions from different universities with the same topics from the exam and also go through the course books which you can find at the campus library.
Will I be able to use calculator in the exam?
This is where I have bad news for you. You cant use a calculator in the mathematics proficiency exam!
Being a METUAN means you need to depend on yourself while solving any problem, not just mathematics problems. You will see that you are not allowed to use the calculator in any mathematics or physics exams at METU NCC, except for a few.
So my advice to you is that you prepare yourself well for the exam, but don’t be stressed. I can assure you that it’s not a hard exam and don’t be sad if you didn’t pass it.