Math Requirements and Placement

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It is very important that students begin their college mathematics coursework at the appropriate level, and the math placement exam helps to facilitate this.

First-Year Students

All incoming first-year students must schedule and take their mathematics placement exam prior to attending orientation. This allows students to schedule the appropriate mathematics and/or science course during orientation. Students opting not to take the placement exam will begin their math courses at Math 010 (no credits towards degree) to satisfy the Math Milestone.

Understand RIC's Two Math Requirements

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Preparing for and Taking the Exam

Transfer Students

If a student earns transfer credit for a course that is exactly equivalent to a RIC math course, they will have satisfied the math milestone. They may choose to take the math placement exam if they are attempting to register for a course that requires a higher placement/prerequisite than which they have credit.  

A transfer student who has not earned college credits equivalent to a RIC math course must take the math placement exam to determine their initial math course. Students opting not to take the placement exam will begin their math courses at Math 010 (no credits towards degree) to satisfy the Math Milestone.

If you have questions about your math transfer credits, please contact Megan DiBonaventura. Please include your RIC ID, the specific math courses taken, and the college from where the credits were earned.

Understand RIC's Two Math Requirements

View our FAQs

Preparing for and Taking the Exam

Two Math Requirements at RIC

Math Milestone

The Math Milestone is a requirement that must be completed within your first 20 attempted credits at the college. It can be satisfied with an appropriate placement on the exam (Level 1 or higher) or by successfully completing Math 010.  Transfer students can satisfy the Math Milestone by transferring in a course equivalent to a RIC Math course.

General Education – Math

All students must also complete a course listed under the math category for general education. The Math Milestone is a prerequisite for all general education math courses as well as courses in biology, chemistry, management, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. go to MyRIC and login
  2. click RIC Student Homepage
  3. click New to RIC
  4. click Math Placement Exam
  5. click the image of the magnifying glass for available dates/times
  6. choose the date/time (Dates are added regularly so check back if the times listed do not match your availability)
  7. click SAVE in the bottom left corner

You should receive a confirmation to your RIC email address.  

There is no cost for students to take the exam.

Students must have paid their enrollment deposit to attend RIC, then there is a 48-72 hour waiting period for the system to update.  Once students are matriculated, they can register for the placement exam.

Yes! To schedule a virtual math placement exam go to Virtual Placement Registration. You will be able to book a one hour timeslot 2- 30 days in advance, based on availability.  

Yes. All students should take the Math Placement Exam prior to attending New Student Orientation.  A minimum of a level 1 placement is required for courses in many disciplines.

Yes. In order to prepare you may use the PDF Practice Test, with answers at the bottom of the last page.

Also, this Guide to Achieve a Level 1 Math Placement is a good way to focus your preparation to meet the Math Milestone and place into college level math courses.

An online practice test can be attempted once. It is highly recommended that you attempt the online practice exam prior to testing in a proctored setting to get a sense of the answer format, type of questions, and the timing. The online practice test is NOT scored and does not count towards your placement.

Please Note: Your account information is loaded after you deposit. Continue to check back sporadically if the system does not yet recognize you. 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.

Upon completion of the exam, you will be placed into your initial mathematics course. Your placement will appear on the screen.  Scores are uploaded to MyRIC within 24 hours of test completion.

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

  • Level 0: Math 010 (non-credited course necessary to satisfy the math milestone)
  • Level 1: Math 120, 139*, 143, 240* (Placing in this level or greater means you have successfully completed the Math Milestone.)
  • Level 2: Math 177*
  • Level 3: Math 209*​
  • Level 4: Math 212*​

​*Math course that satisfies the General Education Mathematics requirement.

All students may retake the math placement exam once, following a two-month waiting period that should be used to prepare.  We will only waive the two-month waiting period if you attend a 2-night workshop (a total of 3 hours).

Use the Guide to Achieve a Level 1 Math Placement to best prepare to meet the Math Milestone.

Students requiring a higher placement for courses in their major should use the all-level practice exam, as well.

Not necessarily, but it is a prerequisite for courses in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, etc. Programs like Nursing and Education require the Math Milestone for program eligibility.  

We strongly recommend using our practice materials prior to testing.

Yes! To request testing accommodations for the math placement exam (such as extra testing time, a separate testing space, or the use of assistive technology), follow the steps outlined at Requesting Accommodations with the Disability Services Center. After the DSC team receives your DSC New Student Application and supporting disability documentation, you will be invited to a meeting to discuss your needs and determine your eligibility for accommodations.

Students intending to use accommodations should refrain from taking the exam until their accommodations are approved, as students are only permitted two total exam attempts. Also, please note that due to the nature of the math placement exam, calculator use is not considered a reasonable accommodation.

Once your math placement accommodations are approved, email Megan DiBonaventura to schedule your exam. For more information, email DSC or call DSC.

Preparing for and Taking the Math Placement Exam

Practice for the Math Placement Exam

All students must complete the Math Milestone to be able to register for college level science and math courses. This milestone can be completed by placing into Level 1 or higher on the math placement exam. We've put together questions you must be able to answer correctly in order to reach a level 1 placement.

Guide to Achieve a Level 1 Math Placement


After looking at the Guide to Achieve a Level 1 placement, did you feel like you could benefit from guided practice? Register for one-on-one peer tutoring by creating an account with your RIC email address and logging into the Math Tutoring schedule.  Schedule Tutoring Here

Please Note: It is strongly recommended that you come prepared with your work from your practice of the Guide to Achieve a Level 1 placement.

Math Placement Exam Retake

All students are allowed one retake on the Math Placement Exam. There is a two-month waiting period before you may retake the exam, unless you complete a three hour workshop.  Register Here

If you are trying to achieve a placement of Level 2, 3, or 4, you can schedule three one-hour tutoring appointments in the Math Learning Lab.  You will need to create an account using your RIC email and then login to the Math Tutoring schedule to book your appointments.  Schedule Tutoring Here

Level 0 Placement

If you placed into Level 0 (see retakes tab) and need to take Math 010, RIC is offering it free of charge to matriculated students during the summer!  To take advantage of this offering, contact the Registrar's Office to be term activated for the summer.  Then you can register for the course in MyRIC by searching Math 10 under enrollment.

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Megan DiBonaventura

Assistant Director Academic Success Center/Math Learning Lab