Placement Exam

The Mathematics Placement exam will open on July 1, 2019, and close on August 15, 2019.

The mathematics placement exam has been designed to place you into one of the calculus courses, Math 110, 112, 115, 116, 120, and 121. The results are valid for the full academic year 2019-2020. We very much encourage you to take the exam during the summer of 2019, so that you can seek advice at the advising session at the end of August (see below).

Immediately after submitting the exam, you can click on the “Placement calculator” tab on the left, and your course placement will be displayed. 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 26, 2019 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.  Please note that you must take the exam in order for us to be able to help you at the advising session (you do not need to bring the test, as the advisors will have access to it). 

Math 110, 112, 115, and 120 have pre-registration. Section selection for these classes is done through Yale’s preference selection website. The deadline to submit choices for the Fall semester is Monday, August 26, at 5pm. You will need to 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. Please note that the assigned section will not automatically appear on OCS - it is your responsibility to check your assignment on the lottery site, and add the correct section to your schedule (otherwise it will have whichever section(s) you may have put in there before the lottery ran). There is no lottery for Math 116 and 121.

How to access the placement exam

  • First year students: You will automatically be enrolled on a canvas site called “Math placement exam”, where the test appears. Once you submit the exam, you can click the “Placement calculator” tab on the left, and your placement will appear. 
  • Students in their second, third, and fourth year will not be automatically enrolled on the site, and need to request access using an online request form. The requests are monitored and the site should appear among your canvas sites within a day. 

 The goal of the placement exam is to get an accurate assessment of your mathematical skills, so that you can be placed into the class that best suits your needs. Please follow the instructions, and do not worry if you are not sure how to do some of the questions - this will help us see how to best support your learning. 

Who should take the placement exam?

  • If you have not taken a calculus class (Math 110/111, 112, 115, 116, 120, 121) 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 or 121 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?

AP exam questions (questions 1 and 2):

  • These questions give us some information about 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 standardized exams).

Questions 3 - 22:

  • Do not use notes, books, calculators, internet resources, or any other aid. 
  • Answer each question as best you can, but do not guess.
  • 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?

  • You do not need to explicitly save the quiz, it is saved automatically. 
  • You can leave the exam and finish it later if you wish. If you close the page, it will give a warning about possibility of losing progress. You can disregard the warning, the test is saved every time a new answer is submitted or an answer changed. To be extra safe, you can check on the bottom of the page the last time your progress was saved, or you can look in the upper right hand corner where checkmarks are displayed next to question numbers that have been already saved. 

How do I access my placement results?

  • Immediately after submitting the test, you can click on the “Placement calculator” tab on the left, and your course placement will be displayed. 

Whom do I contact with questions about the exam?

  • Questions about the mechanics of taking the exam should be directed to
  • All other questions about the exam should be directed to both John Hall and Miki Havlickova, using their e-mails