TRAM Math Placement Exam

All incoming students must take the online TRAM math placement exam by December 31, 2020.

  • If you are a freshman and receive your orientation letter after December 31 please take the TRAM math placement exam as soon as possible.
  • If you are a transfer student please take your TRAM math placement exam within two weeks of receiving your orientation letter. 
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Topics Covered in the Exam 

The placement test covers a wide variety of skills from both algebra and trigonometry, including, but not limited to:  

Algebra

  • Manipulating algebraic expressions, including factoring /simplifying, solving equations, PEMDAS (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication and Division, and Addition and Subtraction)
  • Solving inequalities and absolute value problems
  • Working with numbers and expressions in the form of fractions, exponents, and logarithms
  • Reading graphs and tables, and plotting functions in the xy-plane
  • Finding compositions and inverses of functions
  • Solving word problems

Trigonometry

  • Evaluating trigonometric functions for common angles
  • Solving trigonometric equations
  • Plotting basic trigonometric functions
  • Working with trigonometric identities

Please note: the use of calculators and cell phones is not permitted during the exam.

Preparing for the Exam

Students whose performance on this test indicates proficiency in these skills will be placed in the appropriate calculus course for their major. In order to prepare for this exam, we  recommend that you review the topics listed above and practice doing some examples without the use of your calculator. Some useful online sites to refresh your knowledge are:

In the event that the exam indicates that you need more review of your basic algebra and trigonometry skills, we will notify you and provide opportunities for you to remedy the situation.

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities seeking accommodations for the math placement exam must have approval from the Specialized Resource Center (SRC). Students must submit disability documentation to the SRC for approval prior to logging in to take the exam. Please allow enough time to review documentation and determine if accommodations are appropriate.  

Students requesting accommodations for the exam may submit documentation indicating the student took the SAT or ACT with accommodations. This is appropriate documentation ONLY for the TRAM; preferably, we accept a copy of the student's IEP or 504 plan indicating test accommodations were part of the plan.

Please contact the director at srcdirector@manhattan.edu.  

  • A Letter from the Provost on the TRAM Math Exam

    Dear Jasper,

    Welcome to Manhattan College! Our faculty and students are looking forward to working with you in the years to come.

     Whether your passion is science, engineering, business, education, or a major in the liberal arts, an important component of your requirements is the mathematical sequence required for each major.

    For example:

    • some students in the School of Liberal Arts will want to understand how statistical tools are used for political polling. Others may use mathematical models to analyze economic behavior;
    • students in the O’Malley School of Business complete a two-semester sequence of courses covering mathematical tools used in finance, management, and other business disciplines;
    • some students in the School of Education and Health will want to understand how statistical tools are used in data analysis. Others, such as those students planning to teach a STEM subject or those studying health professions may need to take a course in Pre-Calculus or Calculus;
    • students in the School of Engineering complete at least a four-semester sequence in Calculus and Differential Equations;
    • many students in the School of Science complete at least a two-semester Calculus sequence.

    Because these courses form the mathematical basis for other courses in your major, we recommend that you complete this sequence as soon as possible in your college career.

     In order to improve the likelihood of success in these courses, you will take a placement exam (referred to as the Test for Readiness and Aptitude in Mathematics, or TRAM) in advance of orientation to assess your level of readiness for enrolling in the appropriate level of mathematics courses. If you have already completed the mathematics requirements for your intended major, you may be exempt from taking the TRAM assessment so please review this with the Assistant Dena of your School. The TRAM covers a wide variety of skills from both Algebra and Trigonometry (there is no calculus on the exam), including:

    Algebra

    • Manipulating algabraeic expressions
    • Factoring/simplifying, solving equations, order of operations 
    • Solving inequalities and absolute value problems
    • Working with numbers and expressions in the form of fractions, exponents and logarithms

    Trigonometry 

    • Evaluating trigonometric functions for common angles
    • Solving trigonometric equations
    • Plotting basic trigonometric functions
    • Working with trigonometric identities

    Two very useful online sites to refresh your knowledge are: www.purplemath.com and www.khanacademymy.org, among many others. Also, Manhattan College has created a special, low-cost program in MyMathTest for practicing for the TRAM. 

    Please note that the use of calculators and cell phones is not permitted during the TRAM exam.

     In order to prepare for this exam, we strongly urge that you review the topics listed above and practice doing some examples without the use of a calculator.

    Students whose performance on this exam indicates proficiency in the skills will be placed in the appropriate calculus course for their major this fall. Based on your results, we may recommend that you take a free online summer course we offer to help you be successful in your courses next fall.

    In the event that the exam indicates that you are not ready for calculus and that you need more review of your basic algebra and trigonometry skills, we will notify you and suggest opportunities for you to remedy the situation. We want you to succeed in your college career and want you to be prepared for the work ahead. You should be aware, however that if you do not take a course at the right level you may be placing yourself in a situation where you will need to take the right courses at a later time in your program which may involve summer classes and cost extra tuition.

    We congratulate you again on your decision to join Manhattan College, and look forward to being part of your journey.

    Sincerely,

    Steven Schreiner, Ph.D., P.E.
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs