Dickinson's mathematics placement exam

We strongly recommended that you take the placement exam before you matriculate at the college, even if you have no plans to take a mathematics course while at Dickinson. It is important to take this exam while the material is still fresh in your mind. Also, many students decide to (or discover that they need to) take a mathematics class after they arrive.

If you are not an incoming student and you need to take the placement exam, contact the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

The mathematics placement exam is a 25-question, 30-minute exam written by the Mathematical Association of America. It is a calculus readiness exam. As such, the exam is used to evaluate your proficiency in precalculus. There is no calculus on this placement exam. The topics on the exam include:

  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Graphs of Functions
  • Word Problems, Modeling
  • Concept Formulation
  • Numerical Awareness
  • Exponential Functions
  • Exponents and Logarithms
  • Equations and Factoring
  • Functional Notation
  • Inequalities, Absolute Value
  • Trigonometry


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