Students who want to take MATH 150 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry I) must take the Drew University Calculus Placement Exam, unless they have received a grade of C- or better in MATH 001 (Preparation for Calculus) or have transferred equivalent credit from another college.  It is not sufficient to have taken precalculus in high school.

The only students who do not need to take the placement exam are:

  1. Students who do not wish to take MATH 150.
  2. Students who wish to register for MATH 001.
  3. Students who passed MATH 001 at Drew with a grade of C- or better may register for MATH 150 without taking the placement exam.
    Students who have taken AP- calculus in high school and earned a 4 or a 5 on the Calculus AB exam or a 3 on the BC exam.
    These students will receive credit for MATH 150 and may register for MATH 151.
  4. Students  who have taken AP- calculus in high school and earned a 4 or a 5 on the Calculus BC exam.
    These students will receive credit for MATH 150 and MATH 151 and may register for MATH 250.

The Drew University Calculus Placement Exam is offered to incoming students during orientation and at other times, by appointment, with Jacqueline Cress.  Students who anticipate taking MATH 150 at some point in the course of their studies are strongly encouraged to take the placement exam during orientation.   (MATH 150 is a required course for the chemistry, mathematics, physics, and biochemistry and molecular biology majors, and it is an elective course for the biology major.)  Current students who have not taken the exam should contact Jacqueline Cress to arrange to take the exam.

The Drew University Calculus Placement Exam covers the following topics from a typical high school precalculus course:

  • functions (polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric)
  • graphs of functions
  • factoring and operations with algebraic expressions
  • inequalities and absolute value
  • trigonometric identities and special angle values
  • basic geometry

The Drew University Calculus Placement Exam consists of 25 multiple choice questions.  You will be allowed up to 45 minutes to complete the test.  You are not allowed to use calculators.  A sample placement exam can be found here.