Mathematics Placement

Placement in introductory undergraduate courses is determined through placement exams and advising. Here is some basic information related to these courses and to the placement process.

  • Step 1: Try the self-test for Calculus placement. Sit down and take it like a real test (no calculators, notes, books, or internet).

  • Step 2: Use the answer key to grade your own test.

  • Step 3: Use the guidelines to get a course recommendation (scroll down to "IV. Guidelines for Interpreting Your Score").

The same page gives a brief outline of what is covered in each course (in part "I. Course Descriptions") so you can make sure the recommendation aligns with what you think is the best course for you.

If your score on the Calculus placement exam was high enough to place you in Linear Algebra or Multivariable Calculus (Math 15a, 20a, or 22a/b), you may want to also try the placement exam for Math 22a/b sequence.

  • Step 4: If you're not still not sure which course is right for you, contact the Elementary Mathematics Coordinator Becci Torrey.

Additional Information Relating to Course Selection