Placement Exam

The Mathematics Placement exam will be available starting on July 1, 2017.

The mathematics placement exam has been designed to place you into one of the calculus courses, Math 110, 112, 115, 116, and 120. The results are valid for the full academic year 2017-2018. We very much encourage you to take the exam during the summer of 2017, so that you can seek advice at the advising session at the end of August (see below).

Immediately after submitting the exam, you’ll see a message either giving you a placement in Math 110, 112, 115, 116, 120, or asking you to come for advice.  If a placement is given to you and you are happy with it, then there is nothing further you need to do until section selection on registration day, as described below. If you have questions about your placement,  or seek advice about our calculus courses, please come to the advising session.

The Math Placement Advising Session will take place on Monday, August 28, 2017 from 8:30 am through 4:30 pm in Room 431 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 for Math 112, 115, and 120 is done at the websites Math 112, Math 115,  and Math 120 between 9:00am on Wednesday, August 23 and 5:00pm on Monday, August 28th, 2017. On that site rank-order the section times of the course for which you have permission to enroll.  You can check your section assignment on the same lottery site later that evening. As of Fall 2017, lottery assignments should automatically appear on OCS.  It is the first time they are to be linked - to be safe, please check your assignment on the lottery site as well, to make sure it matches your OCS schedule. There is no lottery for Math 110 or 116.

How to access the placement exam

  • Log in with your NetID at
  • 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 110/111, 112, 115, 116, 120) at Yale and plan to take one of these, you must take the placement exam.
  • If you have passed Math 110 at Yale, you can take Math 111 without doing the placement exam.
  • If you have passed Math  111 or 112 at Yale, you can take Math 115 or 116 without doing the placement exam.
  • If you have passed Math 115 or 116 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 those listed above.

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 110, 112, 115, 116, 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
  • All other questions about the exam (eg “What do the symbols -> infinity mean?”) should be directed to