Welcome to the IIURL's PPST Mathematics Site

The UW System Institute for Innovation in Undergraduate Research and Learning (IIURL) has developed this site to share a collection of digital learning objects (LOs). These materials are designed to prepare educators for the 
Pre-Professional Skills Test in Mathematics by helping to develop a deeper understanding of the mathematics

According to published materials describing the PPST:

    The Pre-Professional Skills Test in Mathematics measures those mathematical skills and concepts that an educated adult might need. It focuses on the key concepts of mathematics and on the ability to solve problems and to reason in a quantitative context. Many of the problems require the integration of multiple skills to achieve a solution.

The test questions are from four content categories: number and operations, algebra, geometry and measurement, and data analysis and probability.

Computation is held to a minimum, and few technical words are used. Terms such as area, perimeter, ratio, integer, factor, and prime number are used because it is assumed that these are commonly encountered in the mathematics all examinees have studied. Figures are drawn as accurately as possible and lie in a plane unless otherwise noted.

In this E-Study Guide you will find digital materials clustered into the following domain or content areas:

The modules in this site are introduced using Learning Objects (or LOs). If you are new to this site, we recommend that you visit the New to this site? page. 

This site may contain discussions of areas of mathematics that will not appear on the exam.

You will find additional materials at the sites listed in the Useful Links.