Numeracy test and modules

Who the test is for

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.

Your result

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 you.


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.

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.

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