IMPORTANT:  Please read through all the information and all the steps of the instructions before beginning the exam.

The goal of the mathematics placement exam is to determine which of the following courses is at the right level for you:

  • MATH 108: Elementary Functions
  • MATH 110: Finite Mathematics for Business and Economics
  • MATH 111: Calculus for the Social/Life Sciences I
  • MATH 112: Calculus for the Social/Life Sciences II
  • MATH 121: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
  • MATH 122: Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
  • MATH 221: Analytic Geometry and Calculus III

The online placement exam is accessed, and completed, through blackboard, so please ensured you are able to log into blackboard.

If you cannot take the online placement exam, then you may take a paper-version of the exam that is administered in the math office. Please contact us for more information regarding this option (see contact information on the right).

After reviewing the information below, proceed to Step 1 to begin the process of taking the online test.

Getting advice on what mathematics courses to take

When you enroll at CUA as a student in one of the programs which requires calculus, you will be assigned an academic adviser from that program. That person is your first resource for academic information. He or she can speak authoritatively about your program's academic requirements.

We encourage you to contact (by phone or in person) the academic department or School that your major program is part of. You can get very useful information and advice from them directly.

Also, we in the Department of Mathematics are eager to help you also when it comes to questions about mathematics courses. Please contact us if you have any question. (Email is the most efficient way of contacting us.)

Do I need to take the placement exam?

You must take the placement exam if one of the following applies to you:
  • You are majoring, or leaning towards majoring, in biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics.
  • You are enrolled in the School of Architecture, the School of Business and Economics or the School of Engineering.
  • You simply want to take a calculus course.

If you took A.P. calculus in high school, took the A.P. calculus exam (either the "AB" exam or "BC" exam) and if you scored a 4 or a 5 on that exam, then you are eligible for graduation credit (depending on which exam you took) and placement into the appropriate level of calculus course here at CUA. If this applies to you then you need not take the online calculus placement test. Please speak to your academic adviser or to us for further information.

Retaking placement tests

Our goal is for you to take the mathematics course that you are ready for, but are not over-prepared for.

If you do not place into calculus by the online calculus placement test, but believe that you can prepare for calculus before the next semester begins, we would be happy to retest you. This would involve your taking a similar test on paper at the Mathematics Department office. You would have one opportunity to retest prior to each semester. Please contact us if you would like to try this.