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Mathematics Test for DIT Engineering  


Thursday, March 29, 2012 




Mathematics Test for DIT Engineering

The Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is holding a Mathematics Competency Test (MCT) for applicants to its Level 8 (Honours) Engineering programmes that require a minimum grade of HC3 in Leaving Certificate Mathematics.

The purpose of the MCT is to offer candidates an alternative route to achieve this minimum entry requirement.

The MCT is not obligatory and no extra CAO points are awarded for successful students. Those students that are successful will have met the minimum entry requirement of HC3 in Leaving Certificate Mathematics.

The MCT is set at a similar standard as the Leaving Certificate Honours Mathematics examination. Students that have studied the Leaving Certificate Mathematics curriculum at Honours Level are invited to sit the exam.

DIT is currently accepting applications to sit the MCT from those who have applied to DIT for a Level 8 Honours Engineering Programme which have a minimum requirement of a HC3 in Mathematics.

Easter Tutorials & Test

  • Tutorial Dates: Thursday 12 April at 9:30am and Friday 13 April (6 hours each day)
  • Test Date: Saturday 14 April at 9:30am (3 hours duration)
  • Location of Tutorials: Lecture Rooms in DIT Kevin St (maximum 40 students per group)
  • Location of Test: Examination space in Basement, DIT Kevin St

How do I apply?

You can apply directly by emailing your details to Mark Russell at mark.russell@dit.ie . Details to include are:-

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your CAO number
  • Telephone contact number

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FAQs

Why is there a Maths Competency Test?

Most Level 8 (Honours) Engineering programmes in DIT have a minimum requirement of an Honours C3 or higher in Leaving Certificate Mathematics. This is an option available to you to meet this requirement, either in April before the Leaving Certificate exam or after the Leaving Certificate results are issued in August.

Who should take this exam?

If you have applied through the CAO for entry to Level 8 Engineering programmes in DIT and are ineligible for consideration due the minimum entry requirement in Mathematics, then you should take this special exam. If you missed the minimum entry requirement by either scoring lower than HC3 or you changed to the Ordinary Level Mathematics paper just prior to sitting the Leaving Certificate Examinations, then you should take this exam.

Am I eligible for my Engineering programme choice?

Please check the minimum requirements for your chosen programme. For the following DIT Level 8 Engineering programmes, the minimum requirement for Leaving Certificate Mathematics is HC3:

  • DT021 Electrical / Electronic Engineering
  • DT023 Manufacturing and Design Engineering
  • DT025 Engineering (Common First Year)
  • DT081 Computer and Communications Engineering

What is the MCT?

It is a mathematics exam organised, conducted and examined by DIT. It is an opportunity for applicants to DIT Level 8 Engineering programmes to meet the minimum entry requirement in Leaving Certificate Mathematics.

When is the MCT?

It will be held twice this year. The first sitting will be on the 14th April and the second will be on the 22nd August.

Easter Tutorials & Test

  • Tutorial Dates: Thursday 12 April at 9:30am and Friday 13 April (6 hours each day)
  • Test Date: Saturday 14 April at 9:30am (3 hours duration)
  • Location of Tutorials: Lecture Rooms in DIT Kevin St (maximum 40 students per group)
  • Location of Test: Examination space in Basement, DIT Kevin St

August Test

  • Tutorial Dates: Monday 20 August and Tuesday 21 August (6 hours each day)
  • Test Date: Wednesday 22 August (3 hours duration)
  • Location of Tutorials: Lecture Rooms in DIT Kevin St (maximum 40 students per group)
  • Location of Test: Examination space in Basement, DIT Kevin St

How do I apply?

Please contact the Admissions Office, DIT to apply for this exam. You can apply directly by emailing your details to Mark Russell at mark.russell@dit.ie . Details to include are:-

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your CAO number
  • Telephone contact number

What do I need to bring on the day of the exam?

  • A recognised form of photo I.D.
  • Pen / biro
  • Calculator

Maths Tables will be supplied in the exam hall.

When do I hear of my results?

For the first sitting in April, the results will be sent to you by email after the completion of the Leaving Certificate exams. For the second sitting in August, we will endeavour to furnish you with a result (pass / fail) of the exam within one week.

What happens next?

If you have been successful in the MCT, you will become eligible for consideration on the specified Level 8 Engineering programme(s) in respect of the minimum entry requirement in maths. DIT will inform the CAO directly of your eligibility.

The CAO will allocate places on the programmes according to the points system.

Please note that success in the Special Maths Exam does not automatically guarantee a place on a DIT Level 8 Engineering programme.

Can I use the result for entry onto other programmes with similar entry requirements?

No. The exam relates ONLY to DIT Level 8 Engineering programmes. It does not apply to other DIT programmes or to any programme outside of DIT.

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