Sonography Math Proficiency

Sonography Math Proficiency

Sonography Program: Math Proficiency Requirement

Students who transfer in an appropriate algebra course will not be required to take Part I of the Mathematics for the Health Sciences course.

Everyone entering the Sonography program must take either take Part II of the Mathematics for the Health Sciences course or demonstrate proficiency by passing the Sonography math proficiency exam, also referred to as a challenge exam.

Part II of Mathematics for the Health Sciences covers addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers, fraction and decimal expressions; the application of ratio and proportion concepts; percent equations and word problems; operations with algebraic expressions, exponents and logarithms.

If you feel confident in the math skill areas listed above, consider taking the proficiency exam.

Taking the Exam

All Sonography students who have transferred in College Algebra will be required to take the exam. If you pass this test, you can by-pass Part II of the Mathematics for the Health Sciences course. This course covers polynomials, combinations of functions, graphs of quadratic equations, solving equations graphically and algebraically, solving inequalities graphically and algebraically, synthetic division, partial fractions, exponential equations and models, and trigonometry.

You can only attempt the test one time. Make sure you do a thorough review before taking the test.  If you do not pass the exam, you will be required to takePart II of Mathematics for the Health Sciences.

Students needing college math in the fall will be required to take both parts of the Mathematics for the Health Sciences course.  Passing the 2nd part of the course with a grade of "C" or better will demonstrate proficiency in place of the exam.

Exam Schedule

Students starting in fall who have had college math should take the challenge exam prior to the first day of class. 

You do not have to register to take the exam, just show up at the right time and day and be ready to take the exam.

Exam Fees

There is no cost to take the exam, but if you pass the exam and it is entered on your transcript you will be charged 25% of the cost of the 2 credit course Mathematics for the Health Sciences course.

Exam Format

The exam will contain 15 questions, most of which will be multiple choice responses. Each question addresses a specific topic/course objective listed above. There is only one correct answer per problem.  No partial credit will be awarded for incorrect responses.

Preparing for the Exam

You can review the content included in the proficiency exam by using Blitzer's College Algebra (5th Edition). There are several copies of this book on reserve in the library for your use.

You must bring your own calculator to the exam.  You may only use a basic calculator (NOT a cell phone or scientific calculator in which information can be stored).

The following topics are covered on the proficiency exam: polynomials, combinations of functions, graphs of quadratic equations, solving equations graphically and algebraically, solving inequalities graphically and algebraically, synthetic division, partial fractions, exponential equations and models, and trigonometry.

Passing the Exam

The 15 questions are worth a total of 32 points. You must earn 23 points or higher in order to pass the exam and therefore be able to by-pass Part II of Mathematics for the Health Sciences course. Your results will be made available shortly after you complete the exam.

You can attempt the proficiency exam only one time. If you don't pass, you will need to register for Part II of Mathematics for the Health Sciences course.

Questions

If you have questions about the exam you can contact Elena Kallevig (ekkallevig@stkate.edu).