Program Highlights

Mathematics is one of the most original products of the human mind. It has many important applications in science, engineering, and statistics, but mathematics is also an important field of study for its own sake. Throughout history each culture has developed its own mathematics to solve its problems. Today there is an internationally accepted mathematics that is studied and used across the world. With our increasing need for information and technology, mathematics will play an even more important role in most occupations and fields of study. It will also continue to be a critical topic in the history of ideas, documenting fundamental modes of human thought.

Why Take Math and Statistics?

Some students may take math courses which apply only to their individual areas of study. Others may wish to minor or major in the subject and pursue careers in teaching, statistics, computer science, actuarial science, or many other areas. Whether studied for its many applications or for the beauty of its logical structure and expressive power, mathematics will reward the effort of students with a deeper understanding of the world and how it works.

Placement Tests

If you are registered for Math 1102 (Precalculus I) or Math 1113 (Introductory Calculus I) you must take the math placement test regardless of the math you took in high school. The only exceptions to this are:

  • If you have an appropriate Mathematics credit from another university
  • If you have already completed Math 0020 (College Algebra) or MATH 0027 (Statistics and Mathematics Preparation) if registered for Precalculus
  • If you have already completed Math 1102 (Precaluclus) if registered for Introductory Calculus

Test Dates

The Mathematics Placement test will be held during the first week of the Fall term on Orientation Day.
September 7th, 2021:
10:00 am – 12:00pm Seton 329/331 computer labs
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Seton 329/331 computer labs

More sessions will be scheduled if required.

Additional Information

  • The test is multiple choice and will be completed online – students will be required to use their MSVU username and password
  • Capacity is limited – students are required to arrive on time as there is a 2 hour time limit
  • NO calculators are allowed
  • Students can bring a pencil, paper will be provided
  • Results are available immediately
  • Results will be used to recommend which course the student should be registered in
  • Scores are not part of a formal assessment and will not appear on the student’s transcript

Please note: You may register for MATH 1102 or MATH 1113 BEFORE taking the Placement Test.

Placement Test Practice Questions & Answers

If you have any questions regarding the placement test, or if you are not available during the testing times, please contact the department at