MESA-Foundations is a 31-question multiple-choice test designed to assess the mathematical skills that are required for success in introductory economics courses. It contains questions that test skills in arithmetic, geometry and graphs, and algebra. The test helps instructors teach students based on the skills they have instead of the skills we hope they have. In addition, the test can identify early in the semester those students that will need extra support during the term. MESA-Foundations was co-developed by Irene Foster (George Washington University), George Orlov (Cornell), and Doug McKee (Cornell), and has been piloted at Cornell University and George Washington Univesity.
A sample question from MESA-Foundations: