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MDTP Diagnostic Assessments

MDTP grade-level and course-level diagnostic assessments are designed to measure students’ mathematical preparation in foundational topics of the course students are entering, and/or to inform students’ preparation for their next-level course. The diagnostic results should be used formatively to understand students' strengths and areas of unfinished learning, inform instruction and potential interventions, evaluate course readiness, measure program growth, and identify appropriate professional learning.

MDTP tests can be administered any time throughout the school year and are available in both paper form and on the MDTP Online Testing platform.

MDTP has a full selection of released tests aligned to the California Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CA-CCSSM) curriculum expectations.

Grade-Level Assessments of Preparedness

Assessment of Preparedness for 6th Grade Mathematics (6M35A20)

Available online and in paper test booklets. Spanish versions available (online and paper).

This is a diagnostic assessment of students' preparedness in foundational topics necessary for success in a California Common Core Grade 6 mathematics course.

This test has 35 questions.

Calculators are not recommended.

Topics: 

  • Decimals
  • Expressions and Equations
  • Fractions, including Applications and Representations
  • Geometric Measurement & Coordinate Geometry
  • Integers
  • Patterns and Sequences

Assessment of Preparedness for 7th Grade Mathematics (7M40A15)

Available online and in paper test booklets. Spanish versions available (online and paper).

This is a diagnostic assessment of students’ preparedness in foundational topics necessary for success in a California Common Core Grade 7 mathematics course.

This test has 40 questions.

Calculators are not recommended.

Topics: 

  • Data Analysis & Statistics
  • Decimals & Percents; Absolute Value
  • Fractions, including Applications
  • Geometric Measurement & Coordinate Geometry
  • Integers
  • Literals & Equations
  • Proportions

Assessment of Preparedness for 8th Grade Mathematics (8M40A15)

Available online and in paper test booklets. Spanish versions available (online and paper).

This is a diagnostic assessment of students’ preparedness in foundational topics necessary for success in a California Common Core Grade 8 mathematics course.

This test has 40 questions.

Calculators are not recommended.

Topics: 

  • Data Analysis & Probability & Statistics
  • Decimals & Percents; Absolute Value
  • Fractions, including Applications
  • Geometric Measurement & Coordinate Geometry
  • Integers
  • Literals & Equations
  • Proportional Reasoning

Course-Level Readiness Tests

Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1 Readiness Test (AMR45A19)

Available online and in paper test booklets. Spanish versions available (online and paper).

This is a diagnostic assessment of students’ readiness in foundational topics necessary for success in a California Common Core entry-level Algebra I or Integrated Math 1 course as defined in the Mathematics Framework for California Schools.

This test has 45 questions.

Calculators are not recommended.

Topics: 

  • Data Analysis & Probability & Statistics
  • Decimals, including Applications; Percents: Absolute Value
  • Exponents & Square Roots; Scientific Notation
  • Fractions, including Applications
  • Functions and their Representations
  • Geometry
  • Integers
  • Linear Equations & Inequalities

Parallel Versions Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1 Readiness *Field Tests (AM45DEF21)

*Field tests are only available on the MDTP Online Platform.

We are field testing three different test versions that are parallel to the current Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1 Readiness test released in 2019 (AMR45A19).  These parallel tests are designed to provide the same diagnostic assessment of students’ readiness in foundational topics necessary for success in a California Common Core entry-level Algebra I or Integrated Math 1 course as defined in the Mathematics Framework for California Schools.

Field testing should occur in Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1 classes. We request for teachers to assign all three versions to the same class and randomly assign each student to one of the three versions to obtain data from comparable samples (i.e., students from the same class and with the same teacher). 

Each version has 45 questions with 15 being common items (same questions) and 30 being parallel or similar items (but not the same).  The questions on each version responds to the same topic. 

Calculators are not recommended.

Topics: 

  • Data Analysis & Probability & Statistics
  • Decimals, including Applications; Percents: Absolute Value
  • Exponents & Square Roots; Scientific Notation
  • Fractions, including Applications
  • Functions and their Representations
  • Geometry
  • Integers
  • Linear Equations & Inequalities

Geometry Readiness Test (GR45A19)

Available online and in paper test booklets. Spanish versions available (online and paper).

This is a diagnostic assessment of students’ readiness in foundational topics necessary for success in a California Common Core Geometry course as defined in the Traditional Pathway in the Mathematics Framework for California Schools.

This test has 45 questions.

Calculators are not recommended.

Topics: 

  • Data Analysis & Probability & Statistics
  • Exponents & Square Roots; Scientific Notation
  • Functions and their Representations
  • Geometry
  • Linear Equations & Inequalities
  • Polynomials and Quadratic Equations
  • Rational Expressions

Second Year Algebra Readiness Test (SR45A19)

Available online and in paper test booklets. Spanish versions available (online and paper).

This is a diagnostic assessment of students’ readiness in foundational topics necessary for success in a California Common Core second-year algebra course as defined in the Traditional Pathway in the Mathematics Framework for California Schools.

This test has 45 questions.

Calculators are not recommended.

Topics: 

  • Data Analysis & Probability & Statistics
  • Exponents & Square Roots; Scientific Notation
  • Functions and their Representations
  • Geometry and Trigonometry
  • Linear Equations & Inequalities
  • Polynomials & Quadratic Equations; including Complex Numbers
  • Rational Expressions

Integrated Second Year Readiness Test (ISR45A20)

Available online and in paper test booklets. Spanish versions available (online and paper).

Replacing the ISR45A17

This is a diagnostic assessment of students’ readiness in foundational topics necessary for success in a California Common Core second-year integrated mathematics course as defined in the Mathematics Framework for California Schools.

This test has 45 questions.

Calculators are not recommended.

Topics: 

  • Data Analysis & Probability & Statistics
  • Exponents & Square Roots; Scientific Notation
  • Functions and their Representations
  • Geometry
  • Linear Equations & Inequalities
  • Rational Expressions

Integrated Third Year Readiness Test (ITR45A20)

Available online and in paper test booklets. Spanish versions available (online and paper).

Replacing the ITR45A17

This is a diagnostic assessment of students’ readiness in foundational topics necessary for success in a California Common Core third-year integrated mathematics course as defined in the Mathematics Framework for California Schools.

This test has 45 questions.

Calculators are not recommended.

Topics: 

  • Data Analysis & Probability & Statistics
  • Exponents & Square Roots; Scientific Notation
  • Functions and their Representations
  • Geometry & Trigonometry
  • Linear Equations & Inequalities
  • Polynomials & Quadratic Equations; including Complex Numbers
  • Rational Expressions

Precalculus Readiness *Field Test (PR45D21)

*Field tests are only available on the MDTP Online Platform.

Replacing the Precalculus Readiness Field Test (PR45D20)

This is a diagnostic field test to assess students' readiness in foundational topics necessary for success in a precalculus course or other courses at that level after completing a California Common Core Integrated Math 3 or Algebra 2 course as defined in the Mathematics Framework for California Schools. Field testing should occur in precalculus or math analysis courses.

This test has 45 questions.

Calculators are not recommended.

Topics: 

  • Euclidean & Analytic Geometry; Right Triangle Trigonometry
  • Exponents & Radicals & Logarithms
  • Functions & their Graphs
  • Linear Equations & Inequalities including Graphs; Absolute Value
  • Polynomials & Quadratic Equations
  • Rational Expressions

Mathematical Analysis Readiness Test (MR45A08)

Available online and in paper test booklets.

This is a diagnostic assessment of students’ readiness in foundational topics necessary for success in a precalculus course or other courses at that level.

This test has 45 questions.

Calculators are not recommended.

Topics: 

  • Euclidean & Analytic Geometry; Right Triangle Trigonometry
  • Exponents & Radicals & Logarithms
  • Functions & their Graphs
  • Linear Equations & Inequalities including Graphs; Absolute Value
  • Polynomials & Quadratic Equations
  • Rational Expressions

Calculus Readiness Test (CR45A12)

Available online and in paper test booklets.

This is a diagnostic assessment of students’ readiness in foundational topics necessary for success in a first year or entry-level calculus course.

This test has 45 questions.

Calculators are not recommended.

Topics: 

  • Exponents & Radicals
  • Functions & their Graphs
  • Geometry, including Coordinate Geometry
  • Linear Equations & Inequalities & their Graphs; Absolute Values
  • Logarithmic & Exponential Functions & their Graphs
  • Polynomials & Quadratic Equations & their Graphs
  • Rational Expressions & Graphs of Rational Functions
  • Trigonometry & Graphs of Trigonometric Functions

Contact mdtp@ucsd.edu for information on older test versions if applicable.


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