If you're a student in one of the following departments and don't have A-level or AS-level Mathematics then
you'll have to take our online numeracy test in your first week:
School of Biological Sciences
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
Department of Economics
Essex Business School
Department of Psychology
Taking the test
Your department will contact you if you must take the test to let you know when and where you'll
take it. It will be in one of our computer labs.
The test lasts 30 minutes. Calculators are permitted and will be required for some questions.
You don't have to pass the test. It simply tells us if you need to take one of our modules to gain
the skills you need for your course. You'll be registered on a module if your results suggest it would help
These modules run in the Autumn and Spring terms. You'll be registered on an appropriate module
depending on the results of your test. The purpose of these modules is to prepare you for the
advanced mathematical and statistical material that will form part of your degree.
Numeracy - covering arithmetic, decimals, percentages, fractions, approximation and basic algebra and statistics.
The modules aren't formally assessed. You'll be asked to take another informal test at the end of the
module. Your first and final test results and a record of your attendance will be sent to your department.