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Mathematics Learning Center

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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 Praxis Math, GRE Math, and ACT Math.  Students in upper level math courses should see their professor during office hours for assistance.

Summer 2019 Hours

M-Th 9-4
Friday is walk-in only.

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 177 or higher at RIC

4.     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

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 (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.

Course Placements:

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 177*

Math 209*

Math 212*

*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).

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 to coordinate a testing time.  Note, reasonable accommodations do not include use of a calculator. ​

Summer 2019 Placement Exam Walk-In Dates

To register, login to MyRIC and click the "Register for Math Placement Exam" link on the left column.

Date Time Location
Tues May 14 2:00 p.m. Alger 101​
Weds May 15 2:00 p.m. Alger 101​
Weds June 26 2:00 p.m. Alger 101​
Thurs June 27 2:00 p.m. Alger 101​
Tues July 30 2:00 p.m. Alger 101​
Thurs August 1 2:00 p.m. Alger 101​
Fri August 9 2:00 p.m. Alger 101​
Tues August 13 2:00 p.m. Alger 101​
Weds August 14 2:00 p.m. Alger 101​


Page last updated: April 29, 2019