Mathematics Diagnostic Exam (MaDE)

All incoming Tandon students (first-year, transfer, and internal transfer students) MUST take the mathematics diagnostic exam, except for those who:

  1. Qualify for advanced placement via AP Calculus, A-Level Maths, or IB Math Exam scores*
  2. Have completed an NYU CAS MATH-UA Calculus course with a grade of C or above
  3. Have taken calculus course(s) at another university that have been evaluated as equivalent and approved to receive transfer credits

* If you qualify based on exam scores, official copies of your AP, A-level, or IB score must be sent to the NYU Admissions Office as soon as possible in order to waive the MaDE requirement. In order for you to get college credit for your AP work, please request that the College Board send your Advanced Placement scores to NYU (CEEB: 2562).

Students must pre-register to take an exam. No exceptions.

Before registering for a Diagnostic Exam date, please consult the AP, A-Level, and IB Exam Placement Policies webpage as you already may have satisfied the prerequisites to enroll in a Calculus course.

Exam Format Information: All Math Diagnostic Exams are taken and proctored remotely via Zoom. In order to take the exam, students must use a desktop computer/laptop and have either Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome web browser downloaded, as these are the only supported web browsers for the online exam. iPads and other tablet/handheld devices do NOT work with the testing website. 


Summer 2024 Exam Dates


First Attempt:

  • Tuesday, 5/28/24, 1:00pm-3:00pm EST
  • Friday, 5/31/24, 10:00am-12:00pm EST
  • Monday, 6/3/24, 10:00am-12:00pm EST
  • Thursday, 6/6/24, 3:00pm-5:00pm EST
  • Tuesday, 6/11/24, 1:00pm-3:00pm EST
  • Thursday, 6/13/24, 3:00pm-5:00pm EST
  • Friday, 6/14/24, 10:00am-12:00pm EST
  • Monday, 6/17/24, 10:00am-12:00pm EST
  • Friday, 6/21/24, 10:00am-12:00pm EST
  • Tuesday, 6/25/24, 1:00pm-3:00pm EST
  • Wednesday, 6/26/24, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST
  • Friday, 6/28/24, 10:00am-12:00pm EST
  • Monday, 7/1/24, 10:00am-12:00pm EST
  • Tuesday, 7/9/24, 1:00pm-3:00pm EST
  • Thursday, 7/11/24, 3:00pm-5:00pm EST
  • Monday, 7/15/24, 10:00am-12:00pm EST
  • Wednesday, 7/17/24, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST
  • Friday, 7/19/24, 10:00am-12:00pm EST
  • Tuesday, 7/23/24, 1:00pm-3:00pm EST
  • Thursday, 7/25/24, 3:00pm-5:00pm EST
  • Monday, 7/29/24, 10:00am-12:00pm EST
  • Thursday, 8/1/24, 3:00pm-5:00pm EST
  • Monday, 8/5/24, 10:00am-12:00pm EST
  • Wednesday, 8/7/24, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST
  • Friday, 8/9/24, 10:00am-12:00pm EST
  • Tuesday, 8/13/24, 1:00pm-3:00pm EST
  • Thursday, 8/15/24, 3:00pm-5:00pm EST
  • Friday, 8/16/24, 10:00am-12:00pm EST
  • Monday, 8/19/24, 10:00am-12:00pm EST
  • Wednesday, 8/21/24, 2:00pm-4:00pm EST
  • Friday, 8/23/24, 10:00am-12:00pm EST
  • Tuesday, 8/27/24, 1:00pm-3:00pm EST
  • Thursday, 8/29/24, 3:00pm-5:00pm EST
  • Friday, 8/30/24, 10:00am-12:00pm EST



If you have already completed the form and would like to change your exam date, please email with your preferred exam date and time, and specify that it is for a first attempt exam reschedule.


Second Attempt:

*Students must have completed and received their results for their first attempt math diagnostic exam before registering for a second attempt exam.*

  • Tuesday, 7/2/24, 1:00pm-2:00pm EST
  • Wednesday, 7/10/24, 2:00pm-3:00pm EST
  • Friday, 7/12/24, 10:00am-11:00am EST
  • Tuesday, 7/16/24, 1:00pm-2:00pm EST
  • Thursday, 7/18/24, 3:00pm-4:00pm EST
  • Wednesday, 7/24/24, 2:00pm-3:00pm EST
  • Wednesday, 7/31/24, 2:00pm-3:00pm EST
  • Tuesday, 8/6/24, 1:00pm-2:00pm EST
  • Monday, 8/12/24, 10:00am-11:00am EST
  • Wednesday, 8/14/24, 2:00pm-3:00pm EST
  • Tuesday, 8/20/24, 1:00pm-2:00pm EST
  • Thursday, 8/22/24, 3:00pm-4:00pm EST
  • Monday, 8/26/24, 10:00am-11:00am EST
  • Wednesday, 8/28/24, 2:00pm-3:00pm EST



If you have already completed the form and would like to change your exam date, please email with your preferred exam date and time, and specify that it is for a second attempt exam reschedule.


Rules and Regulations

  1. You will receive an email confirmation of your registration, as well as the Zoom meeting link and exam details, the week of the exam to your NYU email address.
  2. The Math Department reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any exam.
  3. Zoom meeting space is limited. If there are too many students registered for an exam, some students may be asked to select an alternate exam date. If this happens, we will email you at the NYU email address provided to ask you to select an alternate exam date.
  4. Arrive at least 5 minutes early to the Zoom meeting with your NYU ID. If you do not have an NYU ID yet, please make sure to have your NYU N-ID # (ex. N12345678) and another form of ID such as a State ID, Driver's License, Passport, etc. You must have a form of ID ready to show the Zoom proctor in order to take the exam. If you arrive late, you will not be allowed to take the exam and will need to reschedule.
  5. You do not receive any academic credit for passing the MaDE. It is for diagnostic purposes only and will place you in the initial mathematics course that best fits your current skill level.
  6. You may take the MaDE a maximum of 2 times:
    • The first attempt is an online multiple choice exam, and you may use any calculator. Students are allowed a max of 2 hours to complete the exam.
    • The second attempt is an online multiple choice exam; no calculators are allowed. Students are allowed a max of 1 hour to complete the exam.
  7. Exam results are typically emailed to students within three business days of taking the exam. The email will notify students of their course placement based on their exam results (MA-UY 914 or MA-UY 1024). Individual exam scores are not released. For information on understanding the Math Diagnostic Exam results, please see below.


Exam Preparation

All students, without exception, must prove they have the skills required for the courses they wish to take. Our MaDE attempts to discern if the students have at their fingertips the high school math skills that they'll need to be able to follow their lectures in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering. The diagnostic exam score is used to match a student's current skills to the appropriate MA-UY course.

The MaDE tests students’ current understanding and skills in basic high school math, including algebra, trig, exponentials, and logarithms. Students may choose to review these topics before taking the MaDE.


Understanding Your Mathematics Diagnostic Exam Results

  • Since the MaDE tests your current knowledge of basic high school math, your MaDE score will place you into either MA-UY 914 Precalculus or MA-UY 1024 Calculus I for Engineers.
  • Students who take two attempts will be allowed to enroll in their highest course placement.
  • This will be the first math course you will enroll in at NYU Tandon. There are absolutely no exceptions.


For questions concerning the Mathematics Diagnostic Exam, please contact the Math Department at