MCS Dept

Information about the Placement Exam

Skidmore offers several levels of calculus. Unfortunately, students may choose a course that is too advanced and end up doing poorly. On the other hand, an experienced student who takes a basic level calculus course may end up bored with the class and will learn very little new material. The Placement Exam is a tool that helps the department advise students which calculus course is best suited for them.

The test is not timed. Do not use textbooks. Do not consult with anyone, and do not use a calculator (even if your course allowed or required you to use calculators).

To begin taking the test, click Exam from the menu above. This will display the test. You will be asked to enter your name, email address, and phone number, after which you will be presented with a number of multiple choice questions. Click on the "Submit" button, at the bottom of the exam, only when you are ready to submit the results.

If you have any questions about accessing or taking the test, feel free to contact Kim Newsom at, who can answer your questions about the test. If you don't hear back in a day or two, try to contact Pierre von Kaenel at