CAS Online Placement Exams
Students must register to take an exam. No exceptions.
Please note that these placement exams are only for math courses offered by the Math Department at the College of Arts and Science. These courses are denoted as MATHUA. These placement exams are NOT for courses denoted as MATHUY. To place into a MATHUY course, please visit the Math Department website for the Tandon School of Engineering.
All exams are taken on site at Courant's Warren Weaver Hall (251 Mercer Street).
Before registering for a Calculus exam, please consult the Calculus Prerequisites and Advanced Placement webpage here as you may have already satisfied the prerequisites to enroll in a Calculus course.
Students do not receive academic credit for passing a Placement Exam. These exams are for placement purposes only.
Questions concerning Placement Exams should be directed to the Calculus Placement Coordinator at mathplac@cims.nyu.edu.
Click here to register for an exam
Exams Given
 Place into MATHUA 121 Calculus I or MATHUA 211 Math for Economics I
 Place into MATHUA 122 Calculus II
 Place into MATHUA 123 Calculus III
 Place out of MATHUA 123 Calculus III
 Place into MATHUA 212 Math for Economics II
 Place into MATHUA 213 Math for Economics III
Exam Dates Currently Available
 Friday, November 15  2pm to 4pm
 Friday, November 22  2pm to 4pm
 Thursday, December 5  2pm to 4pm
 Friday, December 6  2pm to 4pm
Rules & Regulations
 You will receive email confirmation of your registration as well as time/ location details approximately 710 days before the exam date.
 The Placement Coordinator reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any exam.

Computer lab space is limited. If there are too many students registered for the exam in the lab, some students may be asked to bring a personal laptop or may be asked to select an alternate exam date.

Arrive at least 10 minutes early with your NYU ID. If you are taking the exam on your own laptop, make sure your laptop battery is fully charged (outlets are not guaranteed to be available during the exam). You must have your ID to get into the building and to be admitted into an exam room. If you are late, you will not be permitted to take the exam.

You will have one hour to complete the Calculus I and Calculus II placement exams, and two hours for all other exams.

No calculators, formula sheets, or other aids are allowed in the exam room.

Students may take a specific placement exam a maximum of 2 times with at least 3 months in between.

Exams results are typically emailed to students within 72 hours after the exam. Exams results are reported on a pass/fail basis. Students are only notified if they have passed or failed.
Technical Requirements
The placement exam requires connecting to an online testing portal and taking a timed exam. Students must indicate on the exam registration form whether they require access to a computer or they wish to complete their placement exam on their own personal laptop.
Students taking the exam on their own personal laptop must ensure that their laptop satisfies the following minimum requirements:
 Mozilla Firefox browser must be installed
 Please plan accordingly and check for software updates before the day of your exam.
 No other internet browser is permitted for the exam.
 Ability to connect to WiFi
 Ability to hold a minimum of a 2.5 hour battery charge
 Please note that charging stations/outlets may be available, but they are not guaranteed at all testing locations.
Exam Preparation
Students are expected to complete a review of material and any other preparation for the placement exam before they take the exam. All students, without exception, must prove they have the skills required for the courses they wish to take.
The purpose of a placement exam is to match a student's current skill set to the appropriate class. Calculus and postCalculus classes are demanding; there is no review of lowerlevel material in class, and no time for individual review once the semester begins. Instructors and fellow students assume that everyone in the class has attained the same level of mathematical expertise before registration.
Beyond the resources below, the department does not give tutoring or other help in preparing for the placement exams. Students requiring more than a refresher are advised to take the class in which those topics are taught.
Formula sheets will not be provided for exams.
MATHUA 121 Calculus I and MATHUA 211 Math for Economics I Placement Exam
The Calculus I / Mathematics for Economics I placement exam tests for calculus readiness. The exam topics include those taught in high school algebra and precalculus classes, or our MATHUA 9 Algebra & Calculus course:
 linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, other algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and absolute value functions
 graphing the above functions with transformations, and conic sections
 solving equations, ratios, and inequalities
Sample MATHUA 9 final exams can be found on the course page linked above, as a source of practice problem. The actual placement exam does not resemble a MATHUA 9 final exam, however.
To review for the exam, you can look at any textbook with "Precalculus" in the title. This includes:
You may also access freely these electronic resources from Bobst Library. The links below will work from any computer on the NYU network. To access these titles offcampus, you can search for the titles in BobCat (click "View Details", then "Online Version"). You may need to reauthenticate with your NYU NetID and PIN.
Calculus Placement Exams
To place into Calculus II:
Students can place into MATHUA 122 Calculus II by either taking the prerequisite course MATHUA 121 Calculus I or by taking the Calculus II Placement Exam. The exam is for placement purposes only, and does not confer academic credit for Calculus I. The exam topics are the same as those from the course description of Calculus I. Students may prepare for the placement exam by studying the Calculus I course page, which includes sample exams.
To place into Calculus III:
Students can place into MATHUA 123 Calculus III by either taking the prerequisite course MATHUA 122 Calculus II or by taking the Calculus III Placement Exam. The exam is for placement purposes only, and does not confer academic credit for Calculus II. The exam topics are the same as those from the course description of Calculus II. Students may prepare for the placement exam by studying the Calculus II course page, which includes sample exams.
To place out of Calculus III:
Students can place out of MATHUA 123 Calculus III by taking the Place out of Calculus III Placement Exam. The exam is for placement purposes only, and does not confer academic credit for Calculus III. The exam topics are the same as those from the course description of Calculus III. Students may prepare for the placement exam by studying the Calculus III course page, which includes sample exams.
Math For Economics Placement Exams
As of Fall 2016, students will now have the opportunity to take placement exams to place into MFE II and MFE III.
To place into Math for Economics II:
Students can place into MATHUA 212 Math for Economics II by either taking the prerequisite course MATHUA 211 Math for Economics I or by taking the Math for Economics II Placement Exam. The exam is for placement purposes only, and does not confer academic credit for Mathematics for Economics I. The exam topics are the same as those from the course description of Mathematics for Economics I. Students may prepare for the placement exam by studying the Mathematics for Economics I course page, which includes sample exams.
To place into Math for Economics III:
Students can place into MATHUA 213 Mathematics for Economics III by either taking the prerequisite course MATHUA 212 Math for Economics II or by taking the Mathematics for Economics III Placement Exam. The exam is for placement purposes only, and does not confer academic credit for Mathematics for Economics II. The exam topics are the same as those from the course description of Mathematics for Economics II. Students may prepare for the placement exam by studying the Mathematics for Economics II course page, which includes sample exams.