Department Chair:

Thomas F. Kent, Ph.D.
Center for Natural and Health (CNHS) building, Room 318
(570) 348-6211 ext. 2278

Administrative Assistant:

Marcia Gaughan
Center for Natural and Health Science (CNHS) building, Room 320 A

(570) 348-6265

Calculus Placement Exam

The Calculus Placement Exam for incoming students will be offered from April 28, 2016 through August 15, 2016.  

Any student that plans to take MATH 170 or MATH 201 must satisfy one of the following prerequisites:

  • Pass MATH 160 with a C or better grade
  • A passing score of (60%) on the (online) Calculus (Level 2) Placement Exam administered by the Math & Computer Science department

If you do not know what Math course you need to take, please consult your major's curriculum guide.  The Science Handbook (which can be found on the Science webpage) contains all of the Science curriculum guides.

Dr. Tom Kent, Chairperson of the Math & Computer Science department has sent an email to all students with their username with details regarding this exam (usernames and passwords).  If you have not received an email, please contact Marcie Gaughan @ 570-348-6265.

You may choose to take the exam at any time during this time period.  Once you login, you only have one attempt.  Once you start the exam, you must finish it within 90 minutes.  You are expected to abide by all university rules and code of conduct for exams, complete the exam independently, without the use of a calculator, and without the use of google,etc.  This is for your own benefit.  By following these guidelines, both you and the math department will have a better feel for how prepared you are for the class.  Most importantly, you will be able to determine if you really know the material.

When you take the exam, please note that the exam is divided into several pages (5 or 6 problems on each page).  When you finish each page, simply go on to the next page (by clicking on the page number).  Do not click on the GRADE TEST button until you are ready to submit your exam and receive your final score.  However, be sure to click on GRADE TEST button before your time expires (within 90 minutes) or you may not receive full credit for your work.

You can find the placement exam by connecting to the Marywood WebWork server at:

After you login (Dr. Kent assigns the usernames and passwords), click on "Take Math_170_Math_201_test" (which is the Calculus exam).

You can take this exam now and if you do not pass you can take MATH 160 - Analysis of Functions (Pre-Calculus).  You can take the Calculus placement exam again in another semester.

The placement exam may include, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Basic arithmetic of integers, fractions, and real numbers in general, absolute values, interval notations;
  • Rules of exponents, and Scientific Notation;
  • Proportions, ratios, and word problems involving ratios and basic algebra;
  • Basic geometry, including area and volume of simple shapes;
  • The coordinate system (xy-plane), distance between points;
  • Equations of lines and circles, and related concepts such as slope, x- and y-intercepts, center and radius;
  • Intersection of lines;
  • Solving linear equations and inequalities, including ones with absolute values;
  • Polynomial operations and factoring;
  • Solving quadratic equations through factoring or using the quadratic formula;
  • Solving linear systems of equations (two by two);
  • Functions and related concepts, such as function composition, inverse functions and graphing;
  • Identifying graphs of common functions;
  • Identifying horizontally/vertically translated function graphs;
  • Logarithmic expressions and rules of logarithms;
  • Exponential functions and logarithmic functions, including the natural exponential function and the natural logarithm function;
  • Solving simple equations involving exponential and logarithmic functions;
  • Trigonometric function definitions, trig. function values at special angles, the unit circle;
  • Identifying trig. function graphs and their horizontal/vertical translations;
  • Using trig. function concepts and identities to find trig. function values.

You can download the sample problems and the answers for practice. Please note that the sample problems are not intended to be exhaustive.