Math Placement Exams

If you are admitted to Florida Tech as a freshman or as a transfer student, you MUST take a Math Placement Test to register a math course required for your major.  

Students who ARE EXEMPT from placement test, but could not transfer Precalculus, Calculus 1-3, or Differential Equations credits, are strongly encouraged to take the Advanced Math Placement Test given during the orientation week. Questions regarding the eligibility requirements for an Advanced Math Placement Test, contact the Department of Mathematical Sciences (math@fit.edu).

See below for more information on Math Placement Exams and supplementary material to properly prepare for these tests.

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Nontechnical Math Placement Exam

Nontechnical Math Placement Exam is for majors requiring College Algebra. Students are given three attempts to take Nontechnical Math Placement Test prior to orientation week. The test is computer based and requires secure and strong internet connection. 

Nontechnical Math Placement Exam is a computerized exam and is administered remotely.  All students who accepted admittance to Florida Tech will be provided a sample placement exam. This sample exam has the same time limit as the actual placement exam and may be taken twice before the real exam is attempted. The practice test and the actual placement exam are accessible via the Admitted Student Portal. If you experience sny issues with accessing the test, please email math@fit.edu

Students are strongly encouraged to review the topics included in the syllabus below and complete the Math Placement Exam prior to the Orientation week. Those who do not complete the Math Placement Exam prior to the Orientation week must contact the Department of Mathematical Sciences (math@fit.edu) to take the test during the orientation week.

Syllabus for Nontechnical Math Placement Exam

  • linear equations and inequalities and their graphs,
  • absolute values,
  • exponents,
  • fractional equations,
  • multiplication of polynomials,
  • factoring,
  • square roots,
  • quadratic equations,
  • exponential equations, and
  • logarithms.

Technical Math Placement Exam

Technical Math Placement Exam is for majors requiring Precalculus or Calculus I.  Students are given three attempts to take  the Technical Math Placement Test prior to orientation week. The test is computer based and requires secure and strong internet connection.

Technical Math Placement Exam is a computerized exam and is administered remotely.  All students who accepted admittance to Florida Tech will be provided a sample placement exam. This sample exam has the same time limit as the actual placement exam and may be taken twice before the real exam is attempted. The practice test and the actual placement exam are accessible via the Admitted Student Portal. If you experience sny issues with accessing the test, please email math@fit.edu

Students are strongly encouraged to review the topics included in the syllabus below and complete the Math Placement Exam prior to the Orientation week. Those who do not complete the Math Placement Exam prior to the Orientation week must contact the Department of Mathematical Sciences (math@fit.edu) to take the test during the orientation week.

Syllabus for Technical Math Placement Exam

  • linear equations and inequalities,
  • absolute value inequalities,
  • exponents,
  • systems of linear equations of two variables,
  • exponents and polynomials,
  • factoring,
  • rational expressions,
  • roots,
  • quadratic equations,
  • logarithms,
  • exponential functions,
  • polynomial functions,
  • graphs of functions,
  • areas and volumes,
  • angles in degrees and radians,
  • trigonometric functions,
  • trigonometric identities, and
  • inverse trigonometric functions.

How to Prepare for a Placement Exam

Math is cumulative and process driven, where skills build upon one another. In order to understand the higher level math concepts, students must digest and master Algebra skills.

Review of the material and practicing before taking a math placement exam are essential to get a sense of your strengths and/or identify lack of knowledge and skills.

External Resources for Math Placement Exam review

Advanced Math Placement Tests

Students are given an opportunity to take the advandced standing exams to be placed out of Precalculus, Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3, and Differential Equations.  The test are computerized and proctored remotely. 

All students interested in taking the Advanced Math Placement Test are recommended to send an email to Dr. Gnana Bhaskar Tenali (gtenali@fit.edu), Department Head of Mathematical Sciences,  to learn about the eligibility requirements.

Students are strongly encouraged to review the below exam materials, including the list of topics, sample exams, and sample exams with solutions for the Advance Math Placement test before taking the respective test.

Students who earn a minimum score of 80 out of 100 will be granted transfer credits for the respective Florida Tech course and will be placed into the next level math course required by their major.

Precalculus Advanced Placement Test

Calculus 1 Advanced Placement Test

Calculus 2 Advanced Placement Test

Calculus 3 Advanced Placement Test