Mathematics Competencies Tested on the WESTB
The math test covers six major skill areas defined by six objective statements. Descriptive statements describe in greater detail the types of knowledge and skills covered by the objective statements. An outline showing objective and descriptive statements is shown below.
0013 Understand and Apply Concepts and Principles of Numbers and Operations
 Recognize Equivalent Representations of Numbers (eg, fractions, decimals, percents)
 Apply the Principles of Integers, Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages
 Apply Understanding of Ratios and Proportions
 Demonstrate Understanding of the Meaning of Operations (eg, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and of Equality
 Demonstrate Understanding of Order of Operations
0014 Understand and Apply Concepts and Procedures of Measurement
 Select an Appropriate Measurement Tool or Unit for a Specified Measurement Task
 Solve Problems Involving the US or Metric Systems of Measurement
 Solve Problems Involving Scale (eg, determine the distance between two locations on a map)
 Demonstrate Understanding of the Concepts of Perimeter, Area, and Volume
 Calculate Derived Measurements (eg, the average speed of a car given how long it takes to travel a specified distance)
0015 Understand Concepts and Principles of Geometry and Solve Related Problems
 Demonstrate an Understanding of Fundamental Concepts of Geometry (eg, properties of points, lines, planes, angles)
 Identify Types and Properties of Two and ThreeDimensional Figures
 Solve Problems Involving Triangles (eg, calculate the length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle)
 Analyze Figures in Terms of Symmetry and Congruence
 Describe the Locations of Points, Lines, and Objects on Coordinate Grids
 Recognize Geometric Transformations (eg, slides, flips, turns)
0016 Understand Concepts and Principles of Probability and Statistics and Solve Related Problems
 Calculate the Probability of a Simple Event
 Identify Appropriate Ways to Collect, Organize, and Display Various Data
 Interpret Data Displayed in Various Formats (eg, tables, graphs, scatterplots)
 Demonstrate an Understanding of Fundamental Statistical Concepts, such as Mean, Median, and Mode
 Make Predictions Based on Given Data
0017 Understand Concepts and Principles of Algebra and Solve Related Problems
 Recognize and Extend Arithmetic and Geometric Patterns and Sequences
 Translate Among Tabular, Symbolic, and Graphical Representations of Relations (eg, display data from a table as a graph, identify rate of change)
 Identify Expressions or Equations that Represent Situations Involving Variable Quantities
 Simplify Expressions and Apply Formulas
 Solve Linear Equations or Inequalities Involving One Variable
 Demonstrate Understanding of the Concept of Equality
0018 Apply Mathematical Reasoning, ProblemSolving, and Communication Skills
 Identify Missing or Extraneous Information in Mathematical Problems
 Identify Errors in Mathematical Explanations
 Use Inductive or Deductive Reasoning to Draw Conclusions and Make Predictions
 Translate Among the Various Ways of Communicating Mathematical Information (eg, words, equations, graphs, diagrams)
 Express Ideas and Situations Using Appropriate Mathematical Language and Notation
