3.0 / Lower
The UExcel Contemporary Mathematics examination is based on material typically taught in a one-semester, three-credit, lower-level undergraduate course in applied mathematics. The content of the examination corresponds to course offerings such as Mathematics in Contemporary Society, Liberal Arts Math, or Math for Non-STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors. The examination serves to fulfill a math or quantitative requirement for students who will not need to go on to take more advanced mathematics courses. The examination measures the ability to apply mathematical knowledge and concepts to understand and analyze practice contemporary mathematical problems. Specifically, the examination covers graph theory, mathematical reasoning, statistics, and probability, and the application of mathematics to politics. A basic knowledge of arithmetic and elementary algebra is a prerequisite for the material covered in this examination. (Multiple-choice examination)
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