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Math Placement Exam Instructions

If you are an incoming freshman to Fordham College at Rose Hill and are planning to pursue the Pre-Health Program, the 3-2 Engineering Program, or major in one of the disciplines below, you must take the math placement exam.
  • Biology 
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering Physics
  • Environmental Science
  • General Science
  • Integrative Neuroscience
  • Math
  • Physics

Students are urged to take the math placement test as early as possible to allow expedited processing and course assignment for the fall entry term. If you are unable to attend one of the Summer Orientation Programs, please send an email message to             
The placement test will be administered on the Rose Hill campus on the same days as the Summer Orientation Programs, and the 2014 Summer Orientation dates will be posted once available.  Students are permitted up to 45 minutes to take the exam.  A calculator is not needed or permitted.
MP1 – 9:30 AM: Keating Hall, 3rd Floor Auditorium
MP2 – 9:30 AM: Keating Hall, room 319

MP1 Exam
For those who have not yet taken calculus in high school, used to help determine placement in pre-calculus or calculus.

Topics may include any of the following:

Addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of algebraic expressions such as quadratic, cubic and rationals. The square root and absolute value functions. Equations of the line and the circle.

Degrees and radians, trigonometric functions and their graphs.

MP2 Exam
For those who have taken calculus in high school. Used to help determine placement in calculus I or calculus II.

Topics may include MP1 topics as well as composition of functions, the exponential and logarithm functions, limits, the derivative and integral of functions, minimum and maximum of functions, area under curves, convergence of infinite series and Taylor series.

See the following flow chart, which may help your decision:

AP Exam Scores and Credit
Fordham will award credit for AP test scores in both Calculus AB and Calculus BC, based on the following criteria:

Calculus AB Exam
A student who receives a score of 4 or 5 will be given credit for MATH 1203 (Applied Calculus I) and the student will be placed into Calculus I if the planned major requires Calculus. Those who want to be considered for placement in Calculus II must take the MP2 exam.

Calculus BC Exam
A student who receive a score of 4 or 5 will be given credit for MATH 1206 (Calculus I) and the student will be placed into Calculus II if the planned major requires it.

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