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Math Placement

It is very important that students begin their college mathematics coursework at the appropriate level.  All students will take a mathematics placement exam at New Student Orientation to match them with the mathematics course that will give them the greatest opportunity for success. 

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 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 so you will be ready to register for classes on day two of your orientation session.

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. You will be asked to provide documentation of your disability and the specific Orientation dates you are attending. Note, reasonable accommodations do not include use of a calculator.​​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: November 02, 2018