Placement Testing for First Year Students
he Center for First Year Students (CFFYS) administers the math placement test to all incoming first year students. This required test is essential in determining your first math course as well as related courses that you will take during your first semester. (Please Note: Students, who have proof of acceptable advance placement scores and college level credit for Calculus 1 prior to testing, will be exempt from taking the math placement test.)
All incoming freshmen are required to take the mathematics computer based placement test. The test consists of three sections, Basic Algebra, Advance Algebra and Trigonometry, and will take approximately two hours to complete. The results of this test will be used to determine your first semester mathematics course, therefore, preparation for the test is essential. Early placement testing are offered in March and April. Students who participate in early placement testing will have the benefit of knowing their test results, as well as have the time to study and retest if necessary. In May, students are notified by mail of their math placement test date and must confirm attendance to reserve seat. (Calculators are not permitted during the test.)
Please Note: If you require accommodations under the American Disabilities Act, please contact Ms. Margo Gilchrist at (973) 596-2981 for a referral to the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (C-CAPS).
First year students are placed in courses based on High School academic performance, SAT/ACT scores, advance course credits and their math placement test results. This process has been carefully designed in accordance to departmental standards and major curriculum to assure that your initial course schedule corresponds with your level of preparation.
Criteria established by the Department of Humanities/English are utilized to determine you first semester English course placement. (Please Note: Students who score 440 or below on the SAT Writing section need to submit a copy of their written SAT Essay to the Center for First Year Students so that the Humanities department can better assess their English course placement. Otherwise, students will be required to give two writing samples after the math placement test has been completed.)
Criteria established by the Department of Mathematics are utilized to determine your first semester mathematics course. Calculus-I is the first math course required for most majors. Placing in a lower level math course than calculus-I may delay enrollment in courses required by your major. We strongly recommend that you prepare for the test by reviewing the various subject areas on the test. For sample and practice questions, click here.
Placement in other required courses (such as: physics, chemistry, computer science, etc.) will be based on High School academic performance, SAT/ACT scores, advance course credits, the math placement test and departmental standards. .
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) for Placement
When will I be notified about taking my math placement test?
Upon receipt of your deposit, you will be notified by the Center for First Student via mail and e-mail regarding your assigned placement test date. You are required to call (973) 596-8389 to confirm your test date and reserve your seat.
What if I am unable to take the math placement test on my assigned date?
Your assigned placement test date should be kept except in rare circumstances. However, if you must change it, you will need to contact the Center for First Year Students - Placement Testing at (973) 596-8389 to determine an alternative test date.
How long is the math placement test?
The math placement test is approximately 2 hours and is divided into three sections: Basic Algebra (25 problems), Advance Algebra (25 problems) and Trigonometry (30 problems).
Is it necessary to prepare for the math placement test?
Since the math placement test is utilized to determine your first semester math course, we strongly recommend that you prepare for the math placement test by reviewing the various subject areas on the test. Click here for sample and practice items. (Calculators are not permitted during the test.)
When will I receive my test results?
Within 2-3 business days via e-mail.
What if I fail my math placement?
The placement test is not a pass/fail exam. Your scores help to determine the math course in which you will be placed for your first semester at NJIT. If you believe that your initial placement test scores are not representative of your mathematical capabilities and level, you may request a one-time retake of the math placement test.
Do my high school grades truly matter for placement into classes?
Your high school grades do have some impact on course placements. It is imperative that you make sure that your final transcript is submitted to the Admissions Office upon completion of high school courses.
Are my first semester classes merely university general requirements or are they specific to my major?
Your first semester courses consist of general university requirements as well as specific major courses depending upon course placements, departmental standards and major curriculum. Please review major requirements posted in the catalog: http://catalog.njit.edu/undergraduate/.
Can I take the placement test more than one time?
If you believe that your initial placement test scores are not representative of your mathematical capabilities and level, you may request to take the math placement test a second time. We allow only one retake.