GW Mathematics Placement Test

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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 calculus course most appropriate for your level of preparation. Your score on the test provides you with advice on what calculus course 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 1220, 1231, or 1252). In some cases AP test scores (4 or 5) or SAT II (720 or above) scores may be substituted for the Placement Test. This test is unnecessary for students intending to take non-calculus courses such as Mathematical Ideas I, II (Math 1009 or 1010), Mathematics and Politics (Math 1007), or Dean's Seminars (Math 1000).

Note that the math placement test does not assess calculus knowledge, but rather readiness to enter the calculus 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 your advisor.

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

The test consists of 33 multiple choice questions, you will need pencil and paper to be able to answer these questions. Do not use any calculators or books or the assistance of any other person when taking the placement test.

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