Placement Exams

In order to determine the level of math that you are prepared to take, students who are in math-based majors need to take a placement exam. Here are some commonly asked questions about the exam.

Who Needs to Take this Exam?

You are required to take a math placement exam if you do not have transfer credit or placement credit (based on AP or IB exams) for the first math course required for your major. Transfer students who have not yet received their transfer evaluation should wait to receive an email with their evaluation to find out what is required.

  • Check your To-Do List on NYITConnect, which can be accessed through the MyNYIT Portal, to determine if you are required to take the math placement exam or if you are eligible to skip right to an advising appointment.
    • If you are required to take a math placement exam, you will see "Math Placement Exam Required."
    • If you are not required to take a math placement exam, you will see "Advisement Appt. Required."
  • If you are admitted to the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), then you will take this exam on a scheduled basis and do not need to sign up.
  • If you are accepted into the Life Sciences–Osteopathic Medicine (B.S./D.O.) program, you are not required to take a placement exam.

How do I Register for an Exam?

By signing up early, you will be able to take exams while your knowledge of the subject material is still fresh. Advisement and registration occurs immediately following your exam, allowing you to create your ideal class schedule.

Register for the exam now

If you are not required to take a math placement exam, visit the welcome page, select your student status, and follow the steps listed for making an appointment to get advised.

Do I Need to Study?

Although placement exams are not pass-fail, it is important for you to be prepared and study the suggested material before you take the exams.

If you are pursuing a math-based major, such as architecture, engineering, business, life sciences, or health sciences, it is particularly important to study for the math placement exam. Your math placement exam determines your ability to register for major-related courses in your first semester and may affect your progress in your degree.

How is the Exam Organized?

The math placement exam is computer-based and administered through Blackboard. There are two types of placement exams:

  • Pre-Calculus (40 multiple choice questions)
  • Calculus (30 multiple choice questions)

You will take the pre-calculus exam first. If you receive a score of 35 or above, you will have the opportunity to take the Calculus exam. Each exam has a two hour time limit and will be scored immediately.

How do I Study?

You should study all of the math categories below, but understand that your particular exam may not include questions from each discipline.

  • Pre-Calculus: Topics covered include arithmetic, pre-algebra, and algebra.
  • Calculus: Topics covered include functions, limits, domains, logarithms, and trigonometry.

Here are two resources that offer free, easy-to-follow online videos that will assist you in reviewing these topics:

Here are sample problems that have been created to assist you in preparing for the math placement exams. Please note that these problems are similar to the type of questions you will find in the placement exams.

What if I Have Special Needs?

If you have any documented special testing needs, contact the accessibility services coordinator at 516.686.7636.

What do I Need on Exam Day?

  • Bring a photo ID (driver's license, passport, or student ID card).
  • Bring your immunization form if you have not already submitted it.
  • The math placement exam will be administered in the form of a computer-based exam. You are strongly encouraged to bring a calculator with you on the day of your exam. Please note that the only prohibited calculator is NSpire.
  • If you have taken college-level classes, AP exams, or IB exams, please bring a copy of your grades/scores and/or transcript from the college/university.
  • Transfer students should bring their Preliminary Transfer Evaluation.
  • Scrap paper is provided, but you should bring a pen and pencil to work out math problems.
  • Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your test time: Directions to NYIT Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses.


If you have any questions, contact the Advising & Enrichment Center at