Full Sail University

Frequently Asked Questions

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Math Assessment
What are the programs that require a math assessment?
  • Game Development
  • Simulation & Visualization
  • Computer Science
  • Mobile Development
Why is a math assessment required?

One of our first recommendations for students entering our Game Development, Simulation & Visualization, Mobile Development and Computer Science programs is to start preparing now for the math assessment that will determine eligibility for your chosen program. Because of the focused nature of these programs, it’s important that you’re well-versed in certain skills – including Pre-Calculus, Algebra 2, and Trigonometry – before you step foot in the classroom.

What subjects are covered in the math assessment?

Pre-Calculus, Algebra 2, and Trigonometry

What are the topics covered in the math assessment?
  • PEMDAS/Order of Operations
  • Distributive property/combining like terms
  • Fractions – A,S,M,D
  • Laws of exponents
  • Multiplying polynomials
  • Factoring polynomials
  • “Solve for x”
  • Cross-multiply
  • Simplifying rational expressions
  • Evaluating expressions
  • Solving a system of linear equations
  • Slope
  • Point-slope form of a line
  • Slope-int form of a line
  • Perpendicular slope (normals)
  • Distance formula (magnitude)
  • Graphing lines/parabolas/hyperbolas/circles etc.
  • 6 Trig ratios
  • Converting from rad<>deg
  • Standard position of an angle
  • Evaluating trig functions on a calculator
  • Simplifying trig expressions
  • Solving a right triangle: Pythagorean Theorem/SOHCAHTOA/Arc or Inverse Trig functions
  • Unit Circle
  • Pythagorean Identities
Do I have an opportunity to practice for the assessment?

Yes. Once you apply to your program, you will receive access to the Matrix learning platform online. There, you will be able to practice for the assessment and view helpful videos that will prepare you in advance of the assessment. This practice must be completed before the assessment is made available in Matrix.

What happens if I fail the math assessment?
  • If the student scores higher than 72, the student enrolls to the program.
  • If the student scores between 70 and 72, the student has to take the Math Suite course: Calculus.
  • If you score between 30 and 69, you will be required to take Math Suite courses in Pre-Calculus and Calculus.
  • If you score less than 30, you will need to retake the math assessment a second time. If you fail the second attempt, we recommend that you speak to your Enrollment Guide about next steps.
Where can I refresh the concepts required for the assessment?

Once you’ve applied, students will have access to an online learning platform (Matrix) that will provide helpful instructional videos and a self-evaluation to prepare you for the test. In addition, the following resources are available.

Honing Advanced Algebra Skills on your own:

At https://www.myopenmath.com/ we recommend the following sequence of courses as a refresher if you have prior exposure to the material:

An alternative sequence of courses may be found at Khan Academy:

Is there an official course or courses that you would accept as a replacement for the assessment?

Unfortunately, no. In order to ensure our students are best prepared for their respective programs and coursework, Full Sail requires the assessment to be completed for certain courses.

Where and how do I take the assessment?

You can take the math assessment on campus or from home using our Matrix platform. Your admission rep will be able to help you with the information (link to the platform, how to set up an account, etc).

To get information on how to set up an account and how to access the platform: https://one.fullsail.edu/support/knowledge_base_articles/technical/1168

Is the math assessment similar to math tests and exams in the courses I'll be taking?

Depending on the degree program you have chosen, math tests and math exams will vary by course. You'll be learning new math skills and have opportunities to speak with your instructor about the curriculum once your classes begin.