Information and Resources for the Math Placement Exam

Who Takes the Math Placement Exam?

All entering students must take the Math Placement Exam regardless of any math courses you are transferring into Ithaca College.  Incoming first-year and transfer students can access the online test by logging into

For students who did not take the exam prior to orientation or those who want to retake the Math Placement exam: The exam is typically administered twice each semester, once at the beginning at the semester and once during the advance registration period mid-way through the semester.

Students who have already taken the exam and want to take it again can register to retake the Math Placement exam by contacting the math department at (607) 274-3107 or via e-mail at   Note: You may only retake the math placement exam once.

What do the Math Placement Groups mean?

Based on the results of the exam, students are initially assigned to one of the four placement groups. This determines where they can enter the mathematics curriculum. Students can move from one group to another as follows:

Group 4: The student must take MATH 10000 before any other mathematics course. Passing MATH 10000 with a C- or better qualifies the student to take courses with a group 3 prerequisite. 

Group 3: The student may take mathematics courses MATH 10400, MATH 10500, MATH 10800, MATH 11000, MATH 15500, and MATH 16400. Completion of MATH 10400 or MATH 10800 or MATH 11000, or with a C- or better qualifies the student to take courses with a group 2 prerequisite.

Group 2: The student may take MATH 11000, MATH 14400, MATH 14500, and MATH 16100 as well as any course that a group 3 student may take. Students are encouraged to take one of the courses listed here. Completion of MATH 11000 with a C- or better qualifies the student to take courses with a group 1 prerequisite.

Group 1: The student may take any course in the mathematics offerings other than MATH 10000 and MATH 11000, provided the course prerequisites are met. Students in group 1 are encouraged to take courses with group 1 or group 2 prerequisites.

Group 1*: Students with this placement demonstrated very strong mathematical skills and can take the same math courses as in group 1.  These students are recommended to take Calculus I and to consider a minor in mathematics or data science.

Resources for Preparing to Take the Placement Exam

file-outline Math Placement Exam Study Guide - studyGuide.pdf (132.2 KB)

This guide describes the mathematics that will be on the placement exam.

file-outline Sample Math Placement Exam - mpe_sample_exam.pdf (129.6 KB)

This is a practice exam to prepare you for the the placement exam.

file-outline Sample Math Placement Exam with solutions - sample_exam_solns.pdf (92.54 KB)

This document provides solutions to the practice exam.