Mathematics Learning Center
The Mathematics Learning Center has peer tutors available Monday through Friday. We provide free tutoring for students in lower level math courses. The courses that are available for tutoring are Math 010, 120, 139, 143, 144, 177, 209, 210, 212, 213, 240, 248, and 314. We also provide tutoring for the Math Placement Exam, Praxis Math, GRE Math, and ACT Math. Students in upper level math courses should see their professor during office hours for assistance.
The MLC is on level 1 of the Adams Library. Since the library is closed, students must use the back door across from Parking Lot 36 (between Fogarty Life Science and the softball field).
Updated Policies effective March 23, 2020
- We will have mostly online and very limited face-to-face appointments available
- Students will be allowed one (1) appointment per week until further notice
- Students can book appointments up to two (2) weeks in advance
- All appointments must be booked/edited/canceled through
How to schedule appointments that meet online
- Students must attempt their assignment prior to having their appointment
- Tutors cannot assist students on quizzes or exams
- The Math Placement Exam will continue as scheduled, but administered online. Dates and registration are at the bottom of this page.
Thank you for your cooperation during this time. We have had to make some very difficult adjustments and we are all trying to work together to support one another. Any questions can be directed to Megan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Math Competency Requirement
The Math Competency Requirement is a prerequisite for all college level mathematics and lab science courses. This requirement must be fulfilled before completing 15 credits at the college or a hold will be placed on your account preventing you from registering for courses.
There are multiple ways to meet the requirement:
1. Appropriate placement on RIC's Math Placement Exam (see Math Placement below)
2. Successful completion of Math 010 or equivalent
3. Transferring in a course equivalent to Math 120
4. Transferring in a course equivalent to Math 177 or higher at RIC
5. Classic Accuplacer scores (test date prior to August 2018)
Arithmetic + Algebra score of at least 107
Algebra score of at least 57
If you took the Classic Accuplacer at another school and met the minimum score requirements, please have the scores sent from your previous school to email@example.com
Once you have satisfied the Math Competency Requirement, you are eligible to register for college level math and science courses.
Math Placement Exam
It is very important that students begin their college mathematics coursework at the appropriate level. All students will be required to take a mathematics placement exam for proper placement into their mathematics courses.
What is the placement exam?
It is a timed exam used to determine the appropriate math course for your current level of preparation. Use of a calculator is not permitted.
Do all students have to take the placement exam?
Yes, regardless of courses taken in high school and standardized test scores.
You can try an online version of the test ONCE at https://ric.placementexam.com/onlinepractice. (Please note that this practice may not work for you right away. Continue to check back sporadically.) It is not scored and does not count towards your placement. You should not use any outside sources when taking the practice exam (including calculators, text books, people, the internet, etc.) and you should plan to do this all in one sitting. After 30 minutes of inactivity you will be logged out and not allowed back in. In addition to the online practice exam, a paper exam can be printed here:
Download Paper Practice Exam
What material will be on the exam?
The exam ranges from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. It is highly recommended that you attempt the online practice exam prior to taking it in a proctored setting in order to get a sense of the answer format and type of question.
How will I know which course to take?
Upon completion of the exam, you will be placed into your initial mathematics course. Please note that although this may not be the course required by your major, successful completion should adequately prepare you for the required course.
Math 010 (non-credited course necessary to satisfy math competency)
Math 120, 139*, 143, 240* (Placing in this level or greater means you have successfully completed the College Mathematics Competency Requirement.)
*Math course that satisfies the General Education Mathematics requirement.
Is there a minimum requirement?
Yes. In addition to placing into the proper mathematics course, students must meet the College's Mathematics Competency Requirement. The requirement can be met by placing into a course above Math 010 or by earning a passing grade in Math 010. This requirement must be fulfilled before completing 15 credits at the college or a hold will be placed on your account preventing you from registering for courses.
If I don't meet the minimum requirement, will I be set back?
Not necessarily, but you will need to enroll in Math 010 in your first semester.
Are there non-math courses that require the Math Competency Requirement as a pre-requisite?
Yes. Aside from all college level math courses, students cannot register for Biology, Chemistry, and Economics courses until they meet the College Mathematics Competency Requirement. Also, programs like Nursing and Education require the competency for program eligibility.
How long will it take to receive my results?
You will know your placement immediately. They will be automatically added to your MyRIC account and you will be able to register for courses the following day (if registration is open). To view your results visit
In high school I received testing accommodations, am I able to use them for the placement test?
Yes. To request reasonable testing accommodations for a disability or medical condition, please contact the Rhode Island College Disability Services Center at 401-456-2776. Once you have the proper documentation, please contact Megan DiBonaventura
firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate a testing time. Note, reasonable accommodations do not include use of a calculator.
Math Placement Exam Schedule
To register, login to MyRIC and click the "Register for Math Placement Exam"
link on the left column.
Wednesday, February 19
Registration begins February 10
Wednesday, March 4
Registration begins February 24
Wednesday, March 18
Registration begins March 9
Wednesday, April 1
Registration begins March 23
Wednesday, April 8
Registration begins March 30
Wednesday, April 22
Registration begins April 13