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Placement Exams and Advisement

To help set you on the path to academic success, all students must meet with an advisor before registering for classes. To ensure that you are enrolling in the appropriate level course, students will be required to take a math placement exam, and some students may be required to take a writing (native English speakers) or English (non-native English speakers) placement exam, prior to meeting with an advisor.

Check your Admissions Portal to see which placement exams you will be required to take.

Math Placement Exam

Who needs to take the math placement exam?


All students are required to take a math placement exam to determine your math course level. You do not need to take the math exam if you are:

  • Receiving placement or transfer credit for the first math course required for your degree.
  • Admitted into the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). You will take the exam, if required, on an individual basis.
  • Admitted into the Life Sciences, B.S./Osteopathic Medicine, D.O. (B.S./D.O.) program. You will be contacted about B.S./D.O. next steps for enrollment directly.

Check your Admissions Portal in the Next Steps tab for instructions on how to get started.

About the Exam


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

  • Precalculus (40 multiple choice questions)
  • Calculus (30 multiple choice questions)

You will take the precalculus exam first. If you receive a score of 35 or above, you will have the opportunity to take the calculus exam (a minimum score is required in order to place into Calculus). Please note that the calculus exam is a test to determine if you can place into a Calculus I course at New York Tech, it will not exempt you from taking Calculus. Each exam has a two-hour time limit and will be scored immediately.

Taking the Exam


We strongly advise you to take the math placement exam as soon as possible so that your math proficiency is at its best, and so that you can get the best class schedule before classes fill up. Learn more about taking the Math Placement Exam.

Studying for the Exam


Although placement exams are not pass or fail, it is important for you to be prepared. We recommend reviewing the following topics before taking the exams:

  • Precalculus: arithmetic, pre-algebra, and algebra
  • Calculus: functions, limits, domains, logarithms, and trigonometry

The following resources offer free, easy-to-follow online videos that will help you in your review:

The following are sample practice problems, similar to the type of questions you will find on the placement exam:

Writing Placement


Writing placement will be determined initially by SAT or ACT scores and may be revised following an in-class diagnostic essay evaluated by the professor. Official scores must be received in order to be properly placed into the appropriate writing course.

Students who were admitted under our test option policy but have SAT/ACT scores may submit these scores for placement purposes only. Those who do not have or do not wish to submit their scores will be placed in a first-year writing course based on a number of factors including overall high school performance, performance in high school English courses, and a writing diagnostic exam. If you are required to complete a writing diagnostic, it will be noted in your Admissions Portal, along with directions on how to complete it.

English Placement Exam

Who needs to take the English placement exam?

  • The exam is required if you are from a country where English is not the first language.
  • The exam is required if you have taken an English as a Second Language course in high school.
  • The exam is required if you have not spent four years in a United States high school.

You may be exempt if you are receiving placement or transfer credit for FCWR 101 Writing I: Foundations of College Composition. Check your Admissions Portal to see if you need to take this exam.

Studying for the exam


Your performance on this exam will determine your first semester course placement and may affect the pace at which you can take major-related coursework throughout your academic career. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Versant English Placement Exam. The exam also includes a writing diagnostic, which is reviewed for appropriate level placement using the English Language Institute Student Outcomes for Reading and Writing.

Student Outcomes

Testing Accommodations

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

Advising Appointments

When can I schedule an appointment?


All students are required to meet with an advisor to ensure a smooth registration process. Check your Admissions Portal to find out your next steps.

  • Once you complete the math placement exam, you will be prompted to sign up for an advising appointment.
  • If you are exempt from math, writing and/or English placement exams because you are receiving incoming credits, check your Admissions Portal for instructions on signing up for an advising appointment.

Scheduling your appointment


Advising appointments are now available for Fall 2024. Once you complete your required exams, if any, you can schedule your advising appointment

Requirements: Before You Register

Please be sure to provide the following information before taking your placement exam or meeting with an advisor.

  • Immunization Documents: Get your immunization documents and submit them to the Office of Wellness Services.
  • Submit your official SAT/ACT scores to the Office of Admissions. Transfer students are only required to submit their scores if they have not received credit for FCWR-101.
  • Submit scores and transcripts for any advanced level (AP or IB) or college level courses. You may be eligible for credit toward your New York Tech degree. Send us your official scores or transcripts and bring unofficial copies with you on the day of your appointment.
    • Advanced Placement (AP): Send your AP scores (New York Tech Code: 2561). View AP credit equivalencies.
    • International Baccalaureate (IB): Send your IB transcript to New York Tech. View IB credit equivalencies.
      • College Coursework Completed While in High School: Request an official transcript from the College or University through which you took the course(s) and have them sent directly to New York Tech.
      • Send all official exam reports and official transcripts to:
        Office of Admissions
        Northern Boulevard
        P.O. Box 8000
        Old Westbury, NY 11568
      • If you have further questions, contact the Transfer Evaluations team at


If you have any questions pertaining to the details of your admission, please contact

If you encounter any technical issues while taking your math placement exam or scheduling an advising appointment, please contact or 516.686.7575.