Department Chair:

Thomas F. Kent, Ph.D.
Science Center, Room 318
(570) 348-6211 ext. 2278

Administrative Assistant:

Marcia Gaughan
Science Center, 3rd floor
(570) 348-6265

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 on the (online) Calculus Placement Exam administered by the department
  • A minimum of 600 on your mathematics on SAT score

The next placement exam will be open from 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, to 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015. 

You must register for the placement exam by Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in order to take it. Please see instructions below regarding registration. You may choose to take it at any time during given time period (at home or anywhere you have internet connection).  Only one attempt is allowed.  Once you start the exam, you must finish it within 90 minutes.  You are expected to complete the exam independently, for your own beenfit, so that you are placed into the appropriate class. You are expected to abide by all univerity rules and code of conduct for exams.  It is also to your benefit to have an accurate assessment of your own skills, so that you will be successful in the class you are placed into.  You will receive an email with your score after all exams are completed.

To register, students must email the administrative assistant of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, Marcie Gaughan at

In your registration email to Mrs. Gaughan, please include the following information:

  • Student ID (7 digit, and it can be found on the Marywood Portal under "Academic Profile"->"My profile")
  • Last Name
  • First Name, Middle Initial
  • Year (Freshman, Sophomore etc.)
  • Major
  • Marywood Email Address


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.