CAS Online Placement Exams


Students must register to take an exam. No exceptions.

Please note that these Math placement exams are only for math courses denoted MATH-UA, offered by the Math Department at the College of Arts and Science.

These placement exams are NOT for courses denoted as MATH-UY. To place into a MATH-UY course, please visit the Math Department website for the Tandon School of Engineering.

***Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, placement exams are being conducted remotely on a rolling basis. Please submit a registration form & an Exam Coordinator will contact you shortly with available exam dates. All registered students MUST have access to a computer with working microphone and webcam, Zoom, and Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.***

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 MATH-UA 121 Calculus I or MATH-UA 211 Math for Economics I
  • Place into MATH-UA 122 Calculus II
  • Place into MATH-UA 123 Calculus III
  • Place out of MATH-UA 123 Calculus III
  • Place into MATH-UA 212 Math for Economics II
  • Place into MATH-UA 213 Math for Economics III

Exam Dates Currently Available

***Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, placement exams are being conducted remotely on a rolling basis. Please submit a registration form & an Exam Coordinator will contact you shortly wih available exam dates.***

Rules & Regulations

  1. You will receive email confirmation of your registration as well as time/Zoom details approximately 5 days before the exam date.
  2. The Placement Coordinator reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any exam session.
  3. Exam spots are limited. We cannot guarantee that you will receive your first preferred exam spot.

  4. Log on to your exam session at least 10 minutes early with your NYU ID. If you are taking the exam on a laptop, make sure your laptop battery is fully charged. You must have your ID beside you at the start of the exam. If you are late to your Zoom session, you may need to reschedule for a different exam session.

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

  6. No calculators, formula sheets, notes, textbooks or other aids are allowed during the exam.

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

  8. Exams results are typically emailed to students within 48 hours after the exam. Exams results are reported on a pass/fail basis. They do NOT appear on your official transcript, and they do NOT affect your GPA in any way. Students are only notified if they have passed or failed. We do not provide number or grade scores. 

Technical Requirements

The placement exam requires connecting to an online testing portal and taking a timed exam. In order to take the test, students need a computer/laptop with working microphone & video webcam, and a stable internet connection.

The exact minimum requirements are:

  • Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome
    • Please plan accordingly and check for software updates before the day of your exam.
    • No other internet browsers are permitted for the exam.
  • Ability to connect to WiFi
  • Working microphone and video webcam
  • Laptops - ability to hold a minimum of a 2.5 hour battery charge

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 post-Calculus classes are demanding; there is no review of lower-level 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.

MATH-UA 121 Calculus I and MATH-UA 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 MATH-UA 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 MATH-UA 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 MATH-UA 9 final exam, however.

To review for the exam, you can look at any textbook with "Precalculus" in the title. This includes: 

  • PreCalculus by Stewart, Redland, and Watson (the current textbook for MATH-UA 9 Algebra and Calculus). Published by Cengage.
  • Precalculus by Faires and DeFranza (the past textbook for the same course). Published by Cengage.

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 off-campus, you can search for the titles in BobCat (click "View Details", then "Online Version"). You may need to re-authenticate with your NYU NetID and PIN.

Calculus Placement Exams

To place into Calculus II:

Students can place into MATH-UA 122 Calculus II by either taking the prerequisite course MATH-UA 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 MATH-UA 123 Calculus III by either taking the prerequisite course MATH-UA 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 MATH-UA 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 MATH-UA 212 Math for Economics II by either taking the prerequisite course MATH-UA 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 MATH-UA 213 Mathematics for Economics III by either taking the prerequisite course MATH-UA 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.