OMDT information

There are two OMDT courses:
(i) OMDT1 – This course is compulsory for students enrolled in the science programmes listed below. To attempt this course science students have to login with their USP username and password.
Bachelor of Arts Major Disciplines
• Computing Science • Information Systems • Mathematics
Bachelor of Commerce Major Disciplines
• Information System
Bachelor of Science Major Disciplines
• Biology • Chemistry • Computing Science • Electrical/Electronic Engineering • Geospatial Science
• Information Systems • Mathematics • Physics
Prescribed Programmes
• Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Management) • Bachelor of Arts (Marine Management)
• Bachelor of Geospatial Science • Bachelor of Science (Marine Science)
• Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)
Accredited Programmes
• Bachelor of Engineering (IPENZ), (Electrical & Electronics), (Mechanical)
• Bachelor of Net Centric Computing (ACS)
• Bachelor of Software Engineering (ACS)

(ii) OMDT2- This course is compulsory for non-science students or students enrolled in
programmes not given in the list for OMDT1. To attempt this course non-science students have
to login with their USP username and password.


There is a third version of the OMDT known as OMDT3. OMDT3 is open to the general public.
Anyone can login to the OMDT3 via social authentication, i.e. through their facebook or gmail
account. High school students are strongly encouraged to take the OMDT3 for their own benefit.

Follow the instructions in the OMDT user manual and go to to access the OMDT.

Important Note for new Bachelor Degree Students

All First year students are required to take this test before they can register in courses for Semester 1, 2024. Science students are required to take the OMDT1 and non-science students are required to take the OMDT2.

Students need to follow the instructions in the OMDT user manual and go to  to access the OMDT.

Note: that there are 5 test modules and five remedial modules. If students fail any of the test module they will be required to take its appropriate remedial module before they take the retest. Each remedial module takes around 10 hours to complete. Students will know that they have completed the OMDT after viewing their OMDT certificate.

For queries regarding the OMDT, email: omdt(at)

Simplifying Expressions, Indices, Expanding Brackets,  Factorization, Rearranging Equations, Solving Equations, Using Formulae, Proportionality, Linear Equations, Inequalities, Simultaneous Equations, Polynomial Multiplication, Polynomial Division, Sequences and Series, Arithmetic Sequences, Geometric Sequence, Sigma Notation, Binomial Theorem and Partial Fraction.

Recognizing Graphs,  Limits of Functions, Domains and Ranges,  Inverse Functions, Function Manipulation, Symmetry of Functions, Degrees & Radians, Trigonometry Definitions, Special Trigonometry Values, Trigonometry ,  Trigonometry Graphs , Reciprocal Trigonometry Functions, Sine Rule, Cosine Rule, General Trigonometry Solutions,  Trigonometry Identities,  Logarithms and Exponential.

General Differentiation, Differentiation of Powers,  Differentiation of Products, Differentiation of Quotients, Chain Rule, Differentiation of Logarithms and Exponential, Differentiation of Trigonometry, Differentiation of Inverse Trig, Logarithmic differentiation,   Parametric Differentiation, Implicit Differentiation.

Integration of Polynomials, Integration of Algebraic Functions, Integration of Rational Functions,  Integration of Trigonometry Functions, Integration by Substitution, and Integration by Partial Fractions.

Types of Variables, Frequency Distribution and Graphical Representation, Measure of Central Tendency, Measure of Spread, Basic Probability,  Combinations, Permutations, Probability Trees, Binomial Distribution, Normal Distribution.

  1. The test is FREE.
  2. The OMDT is COMPULSORY to all new Bachelor Degree Students. These students are required to take the OMDT before they can progress to their 2nd year studies.
  3. For new students in 2024
  4. Students can take the test from their personal computers, smart phones and other mobile devices provided there is good internet connectivity. However, it is recommended that they take the test from the USP ITS labs because of good internet connectivity.
  5. Regional students can take the test from the ITS labs at any regional campuses.
  6. Students can use the calculator.
  7. To attempt the OMDT students need to go to and login with their USP user name and password and click on OMDT: Online Mathematics Diagnostic Tool 1 or 2.
  8. Once students successfully login to the OMDT, they are require to read the test instructions, watch the videos and read the procedures for the test and only then will the test open up.
  9. There are 5 sections or modules to the test and students are required to complete each module within 15 minutes and complete the entire test within 1 hour, 15 minutes. When the time is up for each section, it will shut down and students are strongly advised to continue to the next section. Students will receive their test marks based on the number of questions they have completed.
  10. It is important that students begin the test only when they are ready to commit 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  11. The test marks does NOT contribute to any kind of coursework for any course students are enrolled in.
  12. Students are required to fill in the OMDT test questionnaire in order to receive their marks, certificate, transcript and badge. The tool will know that students have completed the OMDT only after they have viewed their certificate.
  13. If the test results has identified that students need to take the remedial, then they will receive their certificate, transcript and badge only after completing the remedial, taking the retest and completing the remedial questionnaire.
  1. If the test results have indicated that students need to take the remedial, then it is COMPULSORY for them to complete the remedial.
  2. The remedial is FREE.
  3. Completing the remedial means completing all the modules recommended to the student.
  4. Each remedial module takes around 10 hours to complete.
  5. Within each remedial module are exercises known as Test Yourself. Students gain coins depending on the number of times they attempt the exercises. At the end of each remedial module the coins are converted to marks and the marks determine if students have passed the particular remedial module or not. Students need to achieve 50% to pass a particular remedial module. If students fail a particular remedial module then they are required to do it again. If they still fail after two attempts then they are allowed to continue.
  6. After completing the remedial, the retest opens up to students.
  7. After attempting the retest, students are required to fill in the remedial questionnaire as a condition for receiving their certificate, transcript and badge.

Upon completion of the OMDT, students receive a certificate based on the USP grading mark ranges. The students will be awarded with a pdf e-copy of the certificate. There are four categories of certificates based on the performance of the students:

  • Distinction
  • Credit
  • Pass
  • Participation


Students also receive a transcript which shows the grades obtained for each test module or retest. The students will be awarded with a pdf e-copy of the transcript.

Moreover, badges are also awarded to students upon completion of the OMDT. The badges created in Moodle are displayed on the student’s profile.

Click “OMDT user manual” to follow the instructions and go to to access the OMDT.

For any queries or information, please email: OR
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