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The purpose of the math assessment is to help us and you determine your level of preparedness for mathematics and math-related courses at Stony Brook University. It is important that your score accurately reflect your level of preparedness and ability, because you will be most successful at the university if you take courses best suited to you.
In order to enroll in a mathematics course, or a course with a mathematics prerequisite, all new students must demonstrate the appropriate level of mathematics proficiency. This is done by taking a mathematics exam or its equivalent (appropriate transfer credit, AP scores, etc.) New students must take the placement exam prior to signing up for classes.
- The math assessment covers a number of skills taught in first-year mathematics courses at Stony Brook; you may wish to review the list of topics covered. Of course, you are expected to do only those topics which you know, so the assessment is broken into a number of parts.
- You are encouraged to practice for each part of the assessment prior to doing it by using the practice problems.
- If you want to review material in various Stony Brook courses to prepare for the assessment, you might want to look at the videos and other material.
New students to Stony Brook, including transfers and first-year students (freshmen) should have been given a period of several days during which they need to take the math placement exam. When it is your time to do so, you may take the exam here.
Note that once you start the exam, you may take breaks between each of the sections, but you must finish all parts of the exam within 2 days.
- Students taking the proctored exam should receive an appropriate URL from the proctor to begin the exam.
Current Stony Brook students may schedule a proctored exam by contacting the campus testing center Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM. The testing center requires 48 hours notice before the exam can be taken. The contact information for the testing center is:
Frey Hall Room 109
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