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