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Mathematics Placement Test

Please read these instructions before taking the test.

The mathematics placement test, which is administered by the George Washington University Department of Mathematics, is a tool to help you find the math course most appropriate for your level of preparation. Your score on the test provides you with advice on what courses to take (or not to take), but does not in any way guarantee success in those courses.

The placement test should be taken by all first-year students intending to take an introductory calculus-based course (such as Math 20, 31, or 52 ) or the Finite Mathematics for the Social and Management Sciences course (Math 51). However, in some cases AP test scores or SAT II sores may be substituted for the Placement Test (see the table). This test is unnecessary for students intending to take only such courses as Mathematical Ideas I, II (Math 9 or 10), Mathematics and Politics (Math 7), or Dean's Seminars (Math 801). For an overview of math requirements for various GW undergraduate programs, click here.

Note that the test does not assess calculus knowledge, but rather readiness to enter the courses mentioned above. (Topics covered on the test include algebra and trigonometry.) In particular, the test does not help students decide whether to elect Calculus I, Calculus II, or Multivariable Calculus. To get advice with such questions, consult a math department advisor.

The placement test can be taken at any time, from any location in the world where there is a computer with access to the World Wide Web.

You have one hour to complete the test.

While taking the test, it is important to do the problems using paper and pencil. Although the test consists of 20 short-answer problems, you are not expected to be able to do the problems just looking at your computer screen! Do not use any calculators or books or the assistance of any other person when taking the placement test.

Before taking the exam,make sure that
(1) you have paper and pencil ready
(2) you will have one hour of undisturbed time.

When you are ready to take the test, click here.

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