Placement Exams Information
The mathematics placement exams are administered online through Blackboard. Students going through freshman orientation will be automatically enrolled in the Blackboard course for the exams. If you are a continuing student or a transfer student and have not taken the exam, contact the Chair of the mathematics department, Sylvia Silberger, via email to enroll in a blackboard placement exam course. You will then be able to take it at home at your leisure. Please note, however, that if you are not taking the exam through freshman orientation, your score will not be automatically updated to the system. You will have to contact Professor Silberger again to get appropriate overrides and to make certain the system is updated.
There are two placement exams that are given. Both are half hour exams, and both should be taken without a calculator. The first exam is the Basic Algebra (BA) exam. Students who receive a score of 16 or better on the BA exam will automatically be taken to the second exam, which is the Calculus Readiness (CR) exam. The only purpose for the second exam is to determine if the student has the background for MATH 71, our Calculus I course. If he or she is not interested in taking MATH 71, then that exam can be skipped.
- The prerequisite for MATH 8, MATH 30A, MATH 30B, MATH 40 and MATH 45 is now either (1) two years of HS mathematics, (2) a 500 or better on the mathematics portion of the SAT (or ACT equiv), (3) a 15 or better on the BA exam or (4) passing MATH 6A.
- A score of 16 or better on the BA exam or passing MATH 6A is sufficient prerequisite for MATH 50, MATH 61 or MATH 61A.
- A score of 16 or better on the CR exam or a C- or better in MATH 50 is sufficient prerequisite for MATH 71.
- If you did not get a sufficient score on the mathematics placement exam for the course that you would like to take, you should first take MATH 6A.