Leeds Math Requirement Exemption Exam Information

This page provides information on taking an exemption exam to satisfy the Leeds math requirement at CU Boulder.

Leeds Math Requirement

The Leeds math requirement is MATH 1112, Mathematical Analysis in Business. The class builds three interrelated skills:

There are no automatic exemptions from the requirement based on previous coursework. Instead, we provide an exemption exam for students to demonstrate mastery of the three skills. This page contains information about that exam.

Leeds Math Requirement Exemption Exam

Pre-COVID, the exemption exam was available through the campus testing center. If you followed that link, you saw that the center has closed. Boo-hoo! A new center will be opening in August. At the old center, you scheduled a time for the exam during business hours. There was a fee ($50). We do not yet know the hours or fee for the new center.

Update as of June 29, 2020: to tide us over until the new center opens, we have created an exemption exam you can take remotely. You will use Excel on your own computer, and solve data-oriented math questions with a data file that an advisor will send you. You have 24 hours to complete the exam, but we hope you won't need more than 2 hours to complete it.

Here are the dates:

If the testing center is not up and running byb August 17, we will also offer it August 20-21 and August 27-28.

For all of these dates, the exam starts at noon on the first day and ends at noon the second day.

Work with your Leeds academic advisor to sign up. If you don't know who your advisor is, you can contact Bree Orozco bree.orozco@colorado.edu.

What you need to know about the exemption exam.

  1. Review this list of math and Excel learning objectives. It shows you what the course covers and therefore what we expect you to demonstrate on the exam. The exam is only 20 questions, so we can’t possibly ask you to demonstrate ALL of those skills the way we do over a 16 week semester. But the list shows you quite specifically what the course (and therefore the exam) is about.
  2. You will use Excel on the exam. At the testing center, you will use their computers and will not have access to the internet during the exam. In the Summer 2020 remote version of the exam, you use your own computer and can access the internet during the exam.
  3. Both versions of the exam have 20 questions, you need to get 15 or more correct to pass.
  4. On this exam, you are expected to use Excel efficiently. For example, you need to be able to write a formula one time and drag or copy it to as many cells as necessary. Also, if you know how to look up information across sheets (e.g., using VLOOKUP), you will find that to be a useful and time-saving skill.
  5. The testing center grades the exams within a week. I will try to grade the Summer 2020 remote versions within 24 hours.
  6. If you don't pass and then take the course, the fact that you attempted the exam is not reported to your math instructor. If you do pass, you are exempt, BUT you don't earn credit hours or get a grade. You simply have satisfied the requirement without taking the course. You should plan on 4 credits of non-business courses to earn those credits for your degree.
  7. If you are taking the exemption exam at the start of the semester when you are enrolled in MATH 1112, you should have another class to add in the event you pass the exam. Ideally you should attend that class the first week.
  8. You are only allowed a single attempt at the exemption exam, so if you don’t pass it, you will need to take the course to satisfy the Leeds requirement. In other words, if you take the exemption exam one semester and don’t pass, you cannot attempt the exemption exam again later, even the next semester.
  9. If you have already taken MATH 1112, you cannot satisfy the Leeds math requirement through the exemption exam.
  10. The best way to prepare is to work on the sample course materials posted on this site. (Follow link and scroll to the buttons for Sample Course Materials.)