Placement Exams

It’s time to figure out which classes you need to take during your first semester. But first, you need to take placement exam(s) in English and math.

Who needs to take these exams?

  • First-year students are required to take exams in English and math.
    • If you are admitted to the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), then you will take these exams on a scheduled basis and do not need to sign up.
    • If you are admitted to the Life Sciences/Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, B.S./D.O. program, you are NOT required to take placement exams.
  • Transfer students without transfer credit granted by NYIT for English and math need to take a placement exam.
    • You are exempt from the English placement exam if you received transfer credit for FCWR 101, College Composition I.
    • You are exempt from the math placement exam if you have credit for the first math course in your sequence or if your major requires only one three-credit math choice. If you are exempt from taking placement exams... sign up for a Transfer Advising Appointment
  • Graduate students are not required to take placement exams. International graduate students who receive scores between 61-80 (TOEFL IBT) or 5.0-5.5 (IELTS) will be contacted by the English Language Institute (ELI) about taking English language courses upon arrival to NYIT. For more information, contact or 516.686.7686.


Sign up early for placement exams. This will let you take exams while your knowledge of the subject material is still fresh. You will be able to create your ideal class schedule after your exams.

  • Fall 2016 students: Placement exams are offered from starting in May for transfer students and June for first-year students. If you are in a math-based major (architecture, engineering, life sciences, or health sciences) be sure to brush up on your math skills before your exam. Check out the “Study” section below!

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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. Your performance on the placement exam will determine what course(s) you are eligible to take in your academic major.

If you are pursuing a math-based major, such as architecture, engineering, life sciences, or health sciences, it's 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.

Sample questions:
(You should study all of the math categories below, but understand that your particular exam may not include questions from each discipline. Additionally, geometry is not tested.)

  • Math (Numerical Skills/Pre-Algebra and Algebra): required for all first-year students; required for transfer students who do not have incoming transfer credits for the first required math course for their degree.
  • Math (College Algebra, Geometry, and Trignometry): required for all first-year students; required for transfer students who do not have incoming transfer credits for the first required math course for their degree.
  • Writing Skills: required for all first-year students; required for transfer students who do not have incoming transfer credits for FCWR-101.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL): required for students who did not graduate from an American high school and whose country of residence does not speak English as the primary language. This exam would take the place of the Writing Skills exam.

Special needs

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

Information for 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.
  • All placement exams are computer-based. A calculator is built into the mathematics exam. However, if you would like to bring your own calculator, please check the guidelines.
  • If you have taken college-level classes, AP exams, or IB exams, please bring a copy of your grades/scores.
  • 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 10 minutes prior to your test time: Directions to NYIT Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses.
  • Placement exams are computer-based and untimed. Your responses will determine how many questions you will receive and the areas in which you will be tested. Even though the test is untimed, please allow at least two hours. The exam will finish once it has determined the appropriate placement. You must complete the test to receive a score.


If you have any questions, contact the Office of Admissions at or 516.686.7444.