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tiro
Posts: **48**Registered User Junior Member

Hey,

Does anyone know what they test in the English and math placement exams for freshmen?

For the English exam, how is it structured? Does it have a grammar section? Or is it an essay test? I think there was a thread on this earlier, but I can't find it.

Also, for the math exam, how much math does it go through? Multi-variable calc? Linear algebra?

Thanks!

Does anyone know what they test in the English and math placement exams for freshmen?

For the English exam, how is it structured? Does it have a grammar section? Or is it an essay test? I think there was a thread on this earlier, but I can't find it.

Also, for the math exam, how much math does it go through? Multi-variable calc? Linear algebra?

Thanks!

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## Replies to: Placement Exams

279Registered User Junior MemberMath- haha no. It only goes through trig. Or maybe there are a few calc questions, but I doubt it. And no calculator is allowed. If you don't know how to do it or finish early, you can just leave. I left after about 10 min because I knew I wasn't going to take any math courses and didn't care about my placement level into a math course.

26Registered User New MemberThanks for the info, btw :)

279Registered User Junior Member17,472Super Moderator Senior MemberMath concentrators get advice specific to their needs from publications of the Harvard Math Department such as

http://math.harvard.edu/undergrad/Pamphlets/freshmenguide.html

http://math.harvard.edu/undergrad/Pamphlets/which_course.html

and so forth.

The "shopping period" is used so that would-be math concentrators can try out various courses and see which fits.

26Registered User New Member948Registered User MemberYou are incorrect on the math placement exam...

It covers math through first-year calculus.

Depending on how you do, they will place you into

Math Xa, Math 1a, Math 1b, Math 21a.

Students who are especially strong in math can get permission

to take math 25a or math 55a...

Even if you have AP scores, they still require you to take the math placement exam... if there is a conflict (say you do well on the AP but horribly on the placement test, or vice versa), then you will need to talk with one of the math advisors to discuss your situation individually... I remember that they were incredibly understanding and willing to take the time to place you in the best math class.

26Registered User New Member279Registered User Junior Member948Registered User Member"It only goes through trig. Or maybe there are a few calc questions, but I doubt it."

I'll let others decide on how to interpret your words.

279Registered User Junior Member382Registered User Memberhttp://www.math.harvard.edu/undergrad/Pamphlets/freshmenguide.html

382Registered User Member