**Why do I need to
take the Math Assessment?**

Stony Brook offers several different first-year math courses. Each goes at its own speed, so it is important that you register for the course best suited to your needs, abilities, and level of preparation. The assessment indicates which course is best suited to you.

**Who has to
take the assessment? **

All
incoming students *must* complete the
assessment before their Orientation date. In rare situations,
students who have transfer credit for advanced mathematics courses
may receive an exception.

**How do I prepare for
the assessment?**

You
can prepare for the assessment by completing practice questions which
are available at __assess.math.sunysb.edu__.
The purpose of the Math
Assessment is to measure your mathematical skills at this given time.
To accurately determine your ability, it is essential that you rely
only on what you know, without using calculators, books, and/or
friends.

**What topics will the
assessment cover?**

The assessment covers topics ranging from algebra, pre-calculus, and single variable calculus. A complete list of topics is available on the assessment website. The assessment is organized sequentially, meaning each section builds upon skills you have exhibited in previous sections. You must pass one section to advance to the next.

**When should I complete the
assessment?**

We
encourage you to complete the assessment once you have had plenty of
time to practice the concepts. __However, it is important that
you complete the assessment prior to your scheduled Orientation
session.__

**What happens after the
assessment?**

Once you have completed the assessment, you will receive individualized advice regarding the courses that are best suited to your abilities. At Orientation, you will receive advisement and additional information regarding your placement.

**What if I am currently taking
or plan to take a college-level math course or AP exam?**

You should still complete the Math Assessment. Once your final transcript or official AP scores are received, we may be able to adjust your placement. Please be sure to have all final records (transcripts, etc.) sent to Admissions as soon as they are available.

**May I take my assessment
in Manhattan if I am enrolled at the main campus?**

Sure. You can take the exam at any site it is offered.

**I already scheduled a
proctored exam, but I can't make it then. How do I reschedule?**

Just go back to the scheduling page on SOLAR (under "New Student Information"), and sign up for a new date.

**I took the exam but know
I can do better. May I retake it?**

You can take the proctored exam up to two times during an academic year. To retake the exam, just schedule a new sitting (see the previous question).

**For all other
questions**

If
you have any questions that are not answered in this document, you
can visit the Math Assessment website
(__assess.math.sunysb.edu__),
or email __assessment@math.sunysb.edu__.