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Math Placement

It is very important that students begin their college mathematics coursework at the appropriate level.  All incoming first year students must take mathematics placement exam to match them with the mathematics course that will give them the greatest opportunity for success. 


Math Requirements: Math Competency and General Education Math
The Math Competency Requirement is a milestone that must be completed within your first 15 attempted credits at the college.  It can be satisfied with an appropriate placement on the exam or by successfully completing Math 10.

All students must complete a course listed under the math category for general education.  The Math Competency Requirement is a prerequisite for all general education math courses as well as courses in biology, chemistry, management, etc.

Does it make a difference when I take the Math Placement Exam?
Yes. You must complete the placement exam prior to your orientation for proper assessment of which courses you are prepared to enroll in.

Do all students have to take the placement exam?
Yes, regardless of courses taken in high school and standardized test scores, this timed exam is used to determine the appropriate math course for your current level of preparation.  Use of a calculator is not permitted.

Should I prepare for the placement exam?
YES! A printable practice test can be found here: Download Paper Exam.

An online version of the test can be attempted ONCE at (Please note that your account information is loaded after you deposit. Continue to check back sporadically if the system does not yet recognize you.) The online practice exam is not scored and does not count towards your placement. You should not use any outside sources when taking the practice exam (including calculators, text books, people, the internet, etc.) and you should plan to do this all in one sitting. After 30 minutes of inactivity you will be logged out and not allowed back in. ​

What material will be on the exam?
The exam ranges from Pre-Algebra to Calculus. It is highly recommended that you attempt the online practice exam prior to taking it in a proctored setting in order to get a sense of the answer format and type of question.

How will I know which course to take?
Upon completion of the exam, you will be placed into your initial mathematics course. Please note that although this may not be the course required by your major, successful completion should adequately prepare you for the required course.

Course Placements:

Math 010 (non-credited course necessary to satisfy math competency)

Math 120, 139*, 143, 240* (Placing in this level or greater means you have successfully completed the College Mathematics Competency Requirement.)

Math 177*

Math 209*​

Math 212*​

​*Math course that satisfies the General Education Mathematics requirement.

Is there a minimum requirement?
Yes. In addition to placing into the proper mathematics course, students must meet the College’s Mathematics Competency Requirement. The requirement can be met by placing into a course above Math 10 or by earning a passing grade in Math 10. This requirement must be fulfilled before completing 15 credits at the college or a hold will be placed on your account preventing you from registering for courses.

If I don’t meet the minimum requirement, will I be set back?
Not necessarily, but it is a prerequisite for courses in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, etc.  Programs like Nursing and Education require the competency for program eligibility.  If you do not meet the minimum requirement it is strongly suggested that you take the necessary course during the summer.

How long will it take to receive my results?
You will know your placement immediately.  They will be automatically added to your MyRIC account within 24 hours.

In high school I received testing accommodations, am I able to use them for the placement test?
Yes.  To request reasonable testing accommodations for a disability or medical condition, please contact the Rhode Island College Disability Services Center at or 401-456-2776 before you take the exam. You will be asked to provide documentation of your disability.  Note, reasonable accommodations do not include use of a calculator.

Page last updated: April 13, 2021