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Kansas State Polytechnic

Professional Education and Outreach
2310 Centennial Road
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Salina, KS 67401-8196

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Basic Math Test

Course Description:

This is a prerequisite for most of the certified KDOT classes. The math test must be completed and passed at least 30 days prior to the start date of the class.

  • Math exam requirements will be waived for individuals who are licensed Professional Engineers or Intern Engineers, or have passed the Engineer in Training Exam or the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam. Individuals must provide a copy of their Professional Engineer license, Intern Engineer Certificate or certificates that they passed the Engineer in Training or Fundamentals of Engineering Exams to the K-State Salina CIT Program Office in order to be granted the waiver. The document can be emailed to profed@k-state.edu or faxed to 785-826-2632.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize basic math operations: add, subtract, multiply and divide.
  • Apply correct formulae to specific problems.
  • Review calculation procedures.
  • Use Metric system as well as English system.
  • Apply decimal addition.
  • Determine square roots.
  • Convert a fraction to a decimal.
  • Check for individual understanding of volume, area and ratio.
  • Understand basic use of square feet/yards or cubic feet/yards.
  • Convert square inches to square feet to square yards.
  • Convert cubic inches to cubic feet to cubic yards.
  • Understand basic algebraic expressions.
  • Determine ability to use powers and roots.
  • Calculate the density of water.
  • Substitute letters for numbers.
  • Calculate problems of various difficulties.
  • Review/study basic formula for the following: volume, area, ratio, density of water, changing square inches to square feet/cubic inches to cubic yards, etc.
You Must Bring:

     2 sharpened pencils


Sample Math Test Questions / Answers

1.) If 3x + 4 = 19, what is x?

2.) An 800 gram aggregate sample has 200 grams retained on the ½" sieve. What is the percentage of the sample retained on the ½" sieve?

3.) Change 2/3 into a decimal.

4.) What is the total surface area of a 4-feet cube?

5.) If a hot mix plant is producing hot mix at the rate of 300 tons per hour, how long will it take to produce 2250 tons?

6.) The area of a circle is approximately 3.14 x r2. What is the approximate volume, in cubic feet, of a cylinder measuring 2 feet in diameter and 12 feet long?

7.) What is the volume of a cube measuring 3 feet on each side?

8.) If a bridge deck is “T” feet long and you are to divide it into five equal length sections, what would be the correct formula to use to find the length of the sections?

ANSWERS (1) x = 5; (2) 25%; (3) .667; (4) 96 square feet ; (5) 7.5 hours; (6) 37.68; (7) 27 cubic feet; (8) T/5 = X