Automated System Transforms How Colleges And Universities Assess Students' Math Knowledge

WATERLOO, Ontario—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 13, 2006— Maplesoft(TM), the leading provider of high-performance software tools for engineering, science and mathematics, announced today the availability of its Maplesoft-MAA Placement Test Suite (Placement Test Suite). Developed in partnership with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the largest professional society that focuses on undergraduate mathematics, the Placement Test Suite dramatically enhances colleges' and universities' ability to assess students' knowledge of math.

The new product replaces the MAA's paper-based placement tests, which have been used by hundreds of institutions across North America since 1977. The new tests are delivered by a powerful Web-based system, automatically assessing student responses and performance.

"Today's students arrive with a wide range of backgrounds in mathematics," said John Kenelly, treasurer of the MAA. "The Placement Test Suite helps the MAA achieve its goal of incorporating high-quality testing materials with cutting edge information technology to provide realistic placement and improved success rates for all students. In addition, since placement tests can now be conducted prior to the scheduling process, institutions can now plan more effectively for all course levels and be confident that they are meeting students' specific needs."

The Placement Test Suite features six different subject tests and four parallel forms of each test. Each test is carefully balanced and tested by the MAA to provide consistent, reliable results. Deploying the tests online enables institutions to avoid the logistical headaches of traditional placement tests. Placement testing can be done before students arrive on campus, and results are available as soon as the student has completed the test. Class scheduling can then be done using the placement information.

"Our Placement Test Suite combines the most trusted placement tests in mathematics with the most trusted online testing platform," said Jim Cooper, CEO of Maplesoft. "This modern, efficient approach to an important aspect of higher education enables institutions to place their incoming students in the right mathematics courses quickly using the renowned MAA placement tests."

Pricing and Availability

The Placement Test Suite, which is a Web service hosted by Maplesoft, is available immediately. Pricing is based on a per student fee and can be as low as $2.00 per student, depending on volume. For more information, contact Maplesoft Sales at 1-800-267-6583, email or visit

About the Mathematical Association of America

The MAA's mission is "to advance the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate level." The Association pursues this mission through extensive programs, meetings, and publications. For more information, call 800-741-9415 or visit

About Maplesoft

Maplesoft is a leading developer and provider of interactive mathematical software. Its suite of products includes Maple, the most powerful and intuitive tool for solving complex mathematical problems and creating rich, executable technical documents; MapleNet, a Web-based platform for sharing Maple content for collaboration and e-learning; and Maple T.A., a Web-based system for creating tests, assignments and exercises, automatically assessing student responses and performance. Its standards-compliant algorithms are renowned for their speed, accuracy and reliability. In addition, Maplesoft leads the market with innovations that make the management of technical knowledge - whether in industry or in a classroom - more effective and efficient. Over two million users at thousands of organizations benefit from advanced Maple technology. The Maplesoft commercial customer base includes Boeing, Bosch, Canon and NASA. Additionally, virtually every major university and research institute in the world, including MIT, Stanford, Oxford and Waterloo, has adopted Maplesoft products to enhance its education and research activities. For more information, visit

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