Mathematical Sciences

College of Science

Math Placement Testing

 

ONLINE PLACEMENT TESTING IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.  THE PLACEMENT TEST IS NOW ONLY AVAILABLE ON THE FAIRFAX CAMPUS AND CAN ONLY BE TAKEN AT SPECIFIED DATES AND TIMES LISTED BELOW.  PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION.

 

Policies:

  • You have 2 chances per section, per year (March 2014 - January 2015) to take the test.
  • You need to bring a photo ID.  The photo can not be faded.
  • Test is given first come, first served basis.  Registration is not required.
  • Students need to arrive at least 45 minutes before the end of the testing period in order to begin the exam.  For students trying to get into Math 113, you need to arrive at least 60 minutes before the end.  Students who arrive late will not be permitted to take the test.
  • Once you start a section you must finish it in the given time period. You do not need to take all sections on the same day.
  • If you fail a section you must wait until the next day at the earliest to retake that section.
  • You may use a 4 function calculator, graphing calculators are not permitted.
  • Scores will be uploaded for registration within 24 hours of you taking the test.
  • By taking the test, you agree to the University Honor Code Policy.
  • Students who wish to retake the test are advised to wait at least one week so that they can sufficiently study the appropriate material.
  • The score on the placement test will be valid for three consecutive semesters, including the summer.
  • The purpose of the Math Placement Test is to determine if you are prepared to take a particular course. You cannot use it to get credit or a waiver for any course.

 

If you  receive a 3 or higher on the AP Calculus AB Exam, you may register for Math 113.  E-mail Christine Amaya for override at camaya@gmu.edu and include a copy of your AP scores.

 

A "Guide to the Placement Test" is available in the Bookstore for a minimal fee.  It contains policies, topics covered and practice problems.  It does not contain a sample test.

 

Which placement test do I need?

  • For a list of math classes require for each degree click here .

Course

 

Section and Score Needed

 

Options without that score:
Retake the test after one week, OR:

Math 106

& Stat 250

The placement test is not required for Math 106 or Stat 250 classes.

Math 110 and 111

Basic-Algebra:
8 or more

Take the Basic Math Program offered through the mathematics learning center. Enroll in Math 110 or 111 upon successful completion.

Math 108,
112, and 125

Algebra I:
13 or more

Take the Algebra Math Program offered through the mathematics learning center. Enroll in Math 108, 112 or 125 upon successful completion.

Math 113

Algebra I:

13 or more

&
Algebra II:
7 or more

&
Transcendentals:
7 or more

Less than 13 on Algebra I:

Take the Algebra Math Program offered through the mathematics learning center. Enroll in Math 105. Then enroll in Math 113 after achieving a grade of C or better in Math 105.

More than 13 in Algebra I, but did not pass Algebra II nor Transcendentals: Take Math 105, then after achieving a grade of C or better, you then would enroll in Math 113.

More than 13 in Algebra I and more than 7 in Algebra II but do not pass Transcendentals: Take Math 104, then after achieving a grade of C or better, you could enroll in Math 113.

Math 123

Algebra I:

13 or more

&
Algebra II:
7 or more

If you did not receive a score of 7 or higher on Algebra II, please contact Mary Nelson at mnelso15@gmu.edu for information about enrolling in Math 123.

Math 105

Algebra I:

13 or more

Take the Algebra Math Program offered through the mathematics learning center. Enroll in Math 105 upon successful completion.

Math 104

(Oftered online only)

Algebra I:

13 or more

&
Algebra II:
7 or more

Less than 13 in Algebra I:

Take the Algebra Math Program offered through the mathematics learning center. Enroll in Math 105. Then enroll in Math 113 after achieving a grade of C or better in Math 105.

Less than 7 in Algebra II:

Take Math 105, then after achieving a grade of C or better, you then would enroll in Math 113.

More than 13 in Algebra I, 7 or more in Algebra II, but did not pass the Transcendentals: Take Math 104, then after achieving a grade of C or better, you then would enroll in Math 113.

 

DATES AND TIMES

 

ALL TEST ARE IN EXPLORATORY HALL, ROOM 4107 (4th floor)

Students need to arrive at least 45 minutes before the end of the testing period in order to begin the exam.  For students trying to get into Math 113, you need to arrive at least 60 minutes before the end.  Students who arrive late will not be permitted to take the test.

 

Wednesday July 2 2:00pm-4:00pm
Friday August 22 10:00am-12:00pm
Monday August 25 10:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday August 27 2:00pm-4:00pm
Tuesday September 2 3:00pm-5:00pm
MORE DATES TO BE POSTED SOON

 

 

If you have questions, send an e-mail to Catherine Sausville at csausvil@gmu.edu