## Access Links

**Practice Assessments**:
To get to the practice gateways for courses offering gateways (currently,
math 105, 115, 116, 214, 215, and 217), go to the
instructional technology page, and click the "Masteries"
or "Gateway" link for the course in the "Students' Info" section.

**Proctored Gateway Tests**:
Go to the Gateway labs (East Hall B069/723/737). The lab's hours are, for
regular (**fall/winter**) semesters:

Day |
Hours |
|||

Mon | 11AM–10PM | |||

Tue | 11AM–10PM | |||

Wed | 11AM–10PM | |||

Thu | 11AM–10PM | |||

Fri | 11AM–4PM | |||

Sun | 4PM–10PM |

For the **spring and summer** terms, we have a truncated
schedule; see
this
calendar for times.

**Instructors' Pages**:
Ma105;
Ma115;
Ma116;
Ma214;
Ma215;
Ma217

## Mastery Assessments and Gateway Testing

**Mastery Assessment**, as we are defining it, is a
formative assessment of student learning: the goal is for students
to learn, and to understand what they know, by working the assessments.
Accordingly, these are assessments that may be repeated until the
student demonstrates mastery, and may be practiced as much as needed
before taking them for credit in one of our proctored labs. We now
have mastery assessments in many courses, and are using them to evaluate
students' understanding of most of the content of those courses.

**Gateway Tests** are our original incarnation of this
type of assessment. They were formative assessment instruments
that provide for students' acquisition of skills that are
prerequisite, or requisite, to our Precalculus, Calculus I and
Calculus II courses. All of these courses are *reformed*,
with a primary emphasis on *conceptual understanding*. Gateway
tests are short (7-10 question), tests of basic skills (e.g.,
differentiation in Calculus I or integration in Calculus II)
that must be completed with very few (1-2) errors. Our on-line
testing system allows students to practice the tests arbitrarily many
times; for a grade, they must pass the test in a *proctored
computer lab* during an approximately two-week window.

A good description of the gateway testing system is the subject of this blog post. We hope to have an update that speaks to the mastery assessment as well.

**Logistical details**: Students may practice the tests
from anywhere, as many times as they like. They make take the test
for credit up to twice per day, and students are encouraged to use the
Math Lab
to work out what they did wrong and how to do better next time.

**Original Implementation** of our on-line system was
supported by an *NSF DUE grant, #DUE-0088264*. We describe our
implementation and assessment of the system in
the
blog post noted above, and in a
*PRIMUS*
article,
Implementation and Assessment of On-line Gateway
Testing (PRIMUS XIII(4):289-307 (2003)).

To obtain or get information about our gateway testbanks, contact
`math-itc(at)umich(dot)edu` .