Placement Exam

The Mathematics Placement exam will be available starting on July 4, 2014.

The mathematics placement exam has been designed to place you into one of the mainstream calculus courses, Math 112, 115 and 120.

Immediately after submitting the exam, you'll see a message either giving you a placement in Math 112, 115, 120, or asking you to come for advice, or both. If you are happy with your placement, there is nothing further you need to do until section selection on registration day, as described below. If you have questions about your placement, please come to the Math Placement Advising Session, which will take place on Monday, August 25, 2014 from 8:30am through 4:30 pm in Room 432 DL. The session is entirely optional, available to students who seek advice or wish to discuss their placement. if you are planning to stop by, please bring the printout of your exam, or a device to display it.

Section selection is done at the websites Math 112, Math 115 and Math 120 between 4:30pm and 7:30pm  on Monday, August 25, 2014. On that site rank-order the section times of the course for which you have permission. The Registrar's software will assign sections, informing you of the section to which you have been assigned.

 

How to access the placement exam

  • Log in with your NetID at http://classesv2.yale.edu.
  • Under "My Workspace" click "Membership" and then "Joinable Sites."
  • In the search box on the right side of the screen, type "Math Placement" and then click  "Search." You will see the Math Placement site and under it the word "Join" that you should click.
  • If you then see the disconcerting message that there are no joinable sites matching your search of "Math Placement" you'll know you have now successfully joined the site.
  • Click the Tab for "Math Placement" either on the top of the screen or under the "My Active Sites" tab.
  • The site will provide directions for proceeding with the exam.

 The goal of the placement exam is to get an accurate assessment of your mathematical skills. For example, having a senior math major take the exam for you will not serve your placement needs.

Who should take the placement exam?

  • If you have not taken a calculus class (Math 112, 115, 120) at Yale and plan to take one of these, you must take the placement exam.
  • If you have passed Math 112 at Yale, you can take Math 115 without doing the placement exam.
  • If you have passed Math 115 at Yale, you can take Math 120 without doing the placement exam.
  • The placement exam is not required to take any Math class other than 112, 115, and 120.

Must I answer all the questions?

General information questions, Part 1:

  • These questions give us some information about your background, and your scores on some standarized tests.
  • Please answer all the questions, even to say that you did not take the relevant exam (you can still be placed in any of the three calculus courses, whether or not you have taken any standarized exams).

Parts 2 through 21 (one question per part):

  • Answer each question as best you can, but do not guess.
  • The purpose of the exam is to give some information about the skills you bring to calculus classes. The goal is a realistic assessment of your skill.
  • If you do not know how to solve a problem, select the answer I don't know how to do this problem.

How often should I save my answers?

  • It is a good idea to save your work every half hour or when you take a break from the placement test. Simply scroll to the bottom of the Math Placement test page and click "Save for Later" which will save your work and allow you to return to it later.

How do I print my exam answers?

  • Immediately after submitting the test, you'll see a message either giving you placement in Math 112, 115, 120, or asking you to come for advice, or both. Under ``Submitted Assessment'' click ``Math Placement Test'' and the entire assessment will be displayed with your answers. Under each answer you will either see ``Feedback: Correct'' or ``Feedback: Incorrect.''
  • If you come to an advising session, please bring either a printout of the entire test or a device (laptop, tablet, etc) capable of displaying the test

How to print:

  • Be sure your cursor is in the window where the answers are displayed.
  • Windows: Right click and print frame.
  • Macintosh: Control-click and print frame.
  • Select "Print Preview" to be sure that you will print the entire assessment.

Whom do I contact with questions about the exam?

  • Questions about the mechanics of taking the exam ("My browser won't let me click Save Answers." "I can't access the exam.") should be directed to classes2@yale.edu.
  • All other questions about the exam (eg "What do the symbols -> infinity mean?") should be directed to casson@math.yale.edu