Students who want to take MATH 001 (Preparation for Calculus) or MATH 150 (Calculus and Analytic Geometry I) must take the Drew University Calculus Placement Exam.   The only students who do not need to take the placement exam are:

  1. 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 passed a precalculus course in high school or at another institution will need to take the Drew University Calculus Placement Exam.    Students who have taken non-AP calculus in high school, or who have taken a calculus course at another institution for which they are not being given transfer credit, will need to take the Drew University Calculus Placement Exam.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.  If you anticipating taking MATH 150 at some point in the course of your studies, you are strongly encouraged to take the placement exam during orientation.   (MATH 150 is a required course for the chemistry, mathematics, and physics majors, and it is an elective course for the biology major.)  Current students who have not taken the exam should contact the department chair to determine when they will be able 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.