UM Math Gateways

Access Links

Practice Gateway Tests: 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 "Gateway" link for the course in the "Students' Info" section.

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

  Day   Daytime Hours   Evening Hours  
  Mon   11AM-4PM   7PM-10PM  
  Tue   11AM-4PM   7PM-10PM  
  Wed   11AM-4PM   7PM-10PM  
  Thu   11AM-4PM   7PM-10PM  
  Fri   11AM-4PM   -closed-  
  Sun   -closed-   7PM-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

Gateway Testing

What are Gateway Tests?, Why do we use them?, and Do they actually work?

Gateway Tests are 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.

We currently offer tests in Precalculus (math 105), Calculus I (math 115), Calculus II (math 116), Calculus III (math 215), and some linear algebra courses (math 214 and 217). A complete description of the tests and how we use them is the subject of this blog post.

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, with the second attempt only being allowed after the first test has been reviewed in the Math Lab with a tutor.

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 .

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