This test is for students wishing to enrol in courses covering

* pre-calculus algebra at about the Grade 12 level, like MATH 1152 or 1170
* calculus, like MATH 1153, 1171, or 1173
* business calculus, like MATH 1174

This test is multiple choice. All students should write as much of the test as they can. Generally, the test questions are ordered by increasing level of difficulty. Entry into MATH 1152 or 1170 will be determined by performance on the first 27 questions  of the MDT. Entry into MATH 1153, 1171, 1173, or 1174 will be determined by performance on all 50 questions.

Although we feel it is not necessary for this test, students are permitted to use a scientific or business calculator. Calculators with graphing, programming, algebraic, or text retrieval capabilities are not permitted.

Sample Questions from Math Test 2

Section A  (Algebra, functions, triangle trig, word problems)

If x - 3( 2 - x ) = 2( x + 1 ) - 3, then x = 

  • (A) -5/3
  • (B) -4/3
  • (C) -5/4
  • (D) 3/2
  • (E) 5/2

If a car travels m kilometres in h hours, how much time will it take to travel M kilometres?

  • (A) M/m hours
  • (B) mh/M hours
  • (C) M/h hours
  • (D) Mh/m hours
  • (E) Mm/h hours

Section B  (algebra, graphs, functions, trig, logs, word problems)

Evaluate log3( 27 ) + log2( 1/8 ) - log5( 5 ) 

  • (A) 7/3
  • (B) -1
  • (C) 0
  • (D) -1/3
  • (E) None of these

Find the equation of the line containing the point ( 1, -2 ) and perpendicular to the line containing the points ( 1, 5 ) and ( 3, 2 ).

  • (A) 3x - 2y - 7 = 0 
  • (B) 2x + 3y + 4 = 0
  • (C) 2x - 3y - 8 = 0
  • (D) 3x + 2y + 1 = 0
  • (E) 2x - 3y + 8 = 0

Preparing for the MDT

The answers to the sample questions are (E) 5/2, (D) Mh/m, (B) - 1, and (C) 2x - 3y - 8 = 0