Online Practice and Testing in
The testing system is located at http://msenux.redwoods.edu/optimath
The first page of the testing site is the Optimath "portal", from which you can go to the current semester site, as well as to documentation, practice exercises, and other related links.
Click on the LOGIN link for the current semester to see a
list of course sections. Then click on the link for your section
(corresponding to your course and instructor) to take you to your section login page. You also may want to bookmark this page on your browser.
Login page: Your login name is just like the one that you use
for WebAdvisor and myCR: first initial + last name + last
three digits of your student ID#.
For example, if your name is John Doe and your student ID# is 1234567,
login name is jdoe567. Your initial password is your full 7-digit student
ID#, but you can (and should) change it once you log in.
After you log in, you have just five options
(each of these
options is explained in more detail below):
- Choose Assignment to take online.
- View Assignment Results (includes your
answers, the correct answers, and solutions).
- Change password
- Email your instructor
- Log out
Important: Do not use the "Back" and
buttons on your browser when you are using the testing system. If you
do, you will
be immediately logged out of the system. Instead, use the links on each
page to move
around. There are really only five places to go, namely the options
(Choose Assignment, View Assignment Results, etc.).
- Click on the link for the assignment that you
want to take. A new assignment will be prepared for you (it might take
a few seconds), and then you will be presented with a second link for
your particular version of that assignment in pdf (Adobe) form.
- Click on this second link to download the
assignment to your computer. If you have a dialup connection, it might
take about 30 seconds or so to download this pdf document. Assuming
that your Adobe Reader software is correctly configured, the
assignment should open up inside your browser. If the document does
not open up in your browser, see the System Requirements at
- Follow the instructions given in the
- You must click on the Begin Assignment
button to start.
- Then proceed through the assignment, using
either the Back and Next buttons at the top of each
page, or the arrow buttons in Adobe Reader.
- Answer fill-in questions using the same
syntax that you would use on your calculator. If you're not sure of the
syntax to use, click on the Help with Math Syntax
link located under the answer box (or click
here to see the same help information).
- You must click on the End
Assignment button when you are done. This will grade your
assignment immediately, record your score, and return you to the the View
Assignment Results screen on the Optimath web site.
- Note to dialup
users: Make sure that you are
connected to the internet before you press the End Assignment
button! You can check your connection by opening up second window
or tab in your browser and then refreshing your home page.
- You will now be at the View
Assignment Results screen, where you can see your answers and
the correct answers, along with detailed solutions.
View Assignment Results:
- Click on the link corresponding to any
previous assignment that you want to view. You will again receive a pdf
document that should open up within your browser. You will see your
answers, the correct answers, and solutions to each problem. This is
also a page length document that you can print if you wish.
- Click on this link to change your password to
something that will be easy to remember. If you ever forget your
password, you will need to contact your instructor.
Email your instructor:
- This is a convenience link if you want to
email your instructor. For example, you might want to ask about a
particular question from one of the assignments. The link will open up
your default email program.
- Please remember to log out from the system
when you are done.
For help with question types and syntax, along with other hints and information, see