Between June 13, 2019, at 9:00 a.m. and concluding July 31, 2019, at 9:00 p.m., all incoming students are expected to write the Math Readiness Assessment.
The questions on the assessment indicate the fundamental mathematical background that the Faculty of Mathematics expects as you enter your first year. It will help identify your mathematical strengths. Please note that this assessment is meant simply as an information gathering diagnostic tool for both you and the Faculty. It does not have an impact on any grades for courses but rather helps you determine what you may need to spend time on in the summer to be appropriately prepared for Math study at Waterloo.
The assessment can be done from your home computer with an internet connection. The assessment has a 90 minute limit for completion. Please don't begin the assessment until you know that you will have 90 minutes of uninterrupted time to complete it.
There are practice questions available, within Möbius, that will help you prepare for the assessment.
The assessment will be delivered by the online assessment system Möbius. You do not need to have Möbius installed to use this system.
Möbius is accessed via our online learning system called LEARN.
Your Login Name (Watiam ID): Use your Quest/University of Waterloo login name (e.g. rtgosling if your Waterloo email is firstname.lastname@example.org).
Your Login Password: Use your Quest password.
If your login is successful you will see a link "Incoming 2019 Math Students Community Group". Click on it. On the Home Page of that course is a link to Möbius.
If you have any questions or experience technical or account problems please contact the Instructional Support Group. Be sure to include your full name, username, and student ID number.
Extra Assistance Available
The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) has prepared some outstanding online material that covers the equivalent of Ontario's Grade 12 Advanced Functions and Calculus and Vectors courses. The courseware provides complete lessons, worksheets that you can experiment with, hundreds of automated self-assessment exercises and thousands of written exercises, many with complete solutions. The courses are divided into units and the search tool makes it easy to find what you are looking for.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does my performance on the assessment impact admission to my academic program?
No, the assessment is a tool designed to help you understand your current learning, and where you should focus your efforts on practice problems.
Does my performance on the assessment impact which classes I should take?
No, the assessment is a tool designed to help you understand your current learning and where you should focus your efforts on practice problems.
What should I do if I did not do well on the assessment?
Identify the questions you answered incorrectly and think about why you did not get the correct answer.
- If you made simple mistakes such as calculation errors or misreading the question, try some of the practice problems associated with the questions you answered incorrectly.
- If you were not sure about the topic or did not know how to do the question, review the online modules associated with the questions you answered incorrectly. After reviewing the modules, test your knowledge with the practice problems.
I didn’t do well on the assessment. Does this mean that I am not going to do well in my MATH classes? Are there extra resources available?
If you did not do well on the assessment, you should be diligent in preparing before you arrive. An excellent resource is the CEMC Grade 12 courseware. Along with knowledge of foundational math concepts, your performance in your classes will be impacted by other factors such as attending classes, doing assignments and practice problems, and using resources such as your instructor’s office hours and the Math Tutorial Centre.