Calculus Tests

Calculus Readiness Assessment

Students planning to enroll in a first course in Calculus must first take a Calculus Readiness Assessment. This assessment measures students’ knowledge of concepts from Basic Math through Precalculus. Students must earn a minimum score of 75 to enroll in the standard one-semester Calculus I (MATH-035) course. Students who earn a score between 40 and 74 must register in the one-year sequence of Calculus with Review A (MATH-031) and Calculus with Review B (Math-032), which cover the same concepts at a slower pace, incorporating Algebra and Precalculus reviews as needed. MATH-031 does not satisfy the general education requirement in mathematics and is counted as a free elective. Students will get math credit only after completion of MATH-032. They will then be able to move on to other courses that have Calculus I as prerequisite.

The Calculus Readiness Assessment consists of up to 30 questions and must be completed in one 2-hour sitting. It is an open-response assessment (not multiple choice) that requires students to work out solutions to be entered into the system. Once an answer is submitted, it cannot be changed, so be sure to check your answer carefully before submitting it. No outside resources can be consulted for help. An on-screen calculator is provided if one is needed to complete a particular problem. Otherwise, the use of a calculator is not allowed.

Students can attempt the Calculus Readiness Assessment up to three times. If students do not obtain a score of at least 75 on the first attempt, they must spend at least 5 hours working through the individualized Prep and Learning Modules and wait at least 48 hours before their second attempt. The same applies between the second and third attempt.

Click the link below to start the Calculus Readiness Assessment. A valid Georgetown NetID and password are needed to start the assessment: (new window)

Calculus Waiver Tests

Students who believe their preparation in high school is substantially equivalent to Calculus I: MATH-035, Calculus II: MATH-036, Multivariable Calculus: MATH-137, or Linear Algebra: MATH-150 may place out of these courses by taking the corresponding Waiver Exam. Students who pass a Waiver Exam will receive a course waiver and may register for more advanced courses. However, course credit is not awarded for passing any Waiver Exam. 

Each Waiver Exam is a two-hour exam. No calculator is allowed on any Waiver Exam. 

The Waiver Exam administration for Fall 2022 has concluded. We will offer students another opportunity to take a Waiver Exam in person during the Academic Year 2022-2023, just before the start of the Spring 2023 term.  Students interested in taking a Waiver Exam should inform Professor Michael Raney of which Waiver Exam (Calculus I, Calculus II, Multivariable Calculus, or Linear Algebra) they intend to take by Friday, January 6, 2023.