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Math Assessment

Every student must demonstrate a certain level of mathematics proficiency to graduate from Stony Brook.  Stony Brook has developed a math placement assessment to help determine the appropriate initial math course for students.   Students are required to take a proctored math assessment, in person, with a photo ID before their scheduled orientation date.



Exceptions to the Proctored Math Placement Assessment

AP Scores: Students who have received AP scores in Calculus with a score of 4 or higher are not required to take the math assessment. Official scores must be received by the University before students' assigned orientation date. If AP scores have not been received, students will not be able to register for math or science courses on orientation day.

Transfer Credits: Students who have transfer  college credit in Pre-Calculus or Calculus from a regionally accredited institution with a grade of C or higher are not required to take the math assessment. Transcripts must be received by the University before students' assigned orientation date. If transcripts have not been received, students will not be able to register for math or science courses on orientation day. Students should bring unofficial transcripts as well as course descriptions and syllabi for any completed pre-calculus or calculus classes to their assigned orientation day.

Proficiency Algebra, Business Calculus, Calculus for Life Sciences, and Statistics classes  do not fulfill the calculus requirement  for engineering, business, math, pre-med, nursing, or science-related majors. Students intending to pursue these majors who have only taken these classes previously should sign up for and complete the math assessment prior to their orientation day.

Domestic students must take the math assessment at least TWO BUSINESS DAYS prior to your orientation in order to be eligible to register for classes at orientation. To register for a math assessment, students should sign on to SOLAR and click on the Advising Planning Form under the new student information folder. Students will then be able to select your preferred date, time, and location. 

International students do not need to sign up for a math placement assessment. If you are an international student, you will receive specific instructions from your advisor about your math placement assessment and/or will complete it during International Student Orientation.

Out of State Students: Students who live beyond Long Island or the tri-state area and plan to arrive on campus the night before their assigned orientation day can take advantage of math placement assessments scheduled the evening before each orientation date. Students can register for this assessment exam on the Advising Planning Form on SOLAR. Registration must be for the exam the day BEFORE the assigned orientation date in order to utilize this option. If this option is not possible, please contact the orientation office by emailing


Preparing for the Math Placement Assessment

The assessment covers topics ranging from algebra, pre-calculus, and single-variable calculus. The assessment is organized sequentially, meaning each section builds upon skills exhibited in previous sections. Students must pass one section to advance to the next. Since students have a wide range of preparation, later sections of the assessment might cover material they may not know. Students are not expected to complete parts on subjects they have not learned. The point of the assessment is to determine what material you know, so we can help students enroll in the appropriate class. Scores will be received by academic advisors who will use it to make recommendations for course registration at orientation.

More information about the math assessment, include practice questions, is available at


Math Placement Scores

Math Placement Score

Corresponding Math Course at Stony Brook


MAP 101


MAP 103


MAT 118 or Statistics or MAP 119/123 together


MAT 118 or MAT 123 or Statistics


MAT 125


MAT 131 or 141 or AMS 151


MAT 126


MAT 132 or 142 or 171 or AMS 161


MAT 127 or 132 or 171 or 142 or AMS 161


Beyond 100-level calculus

The assessment is for placement purposes only and does not satisfy degree requirements.  For more information about degree requirements, please see the Undergraduate Bulletin at


Opening Week Math Exams (Spring 2020)

Students who still need to take a math exam in a proctored setting or wish to retake the exam, can do so at any of the times listed below. Please note, all exams are first come, first served.  

Date Start End Location

Friday, January 24, 2020

10:15:00 AM 12:15:00 PM Frey Rm. 109

Sunday, January 26, 2020

7:00:00 PM 9:00:00 PM Math, S235S

Monday, January 27, 2020

10:00:00 AM 12:00:00 PM Frey Rm. 109

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

7:00:00 PM 9:00:00 PM Math, S235S