Calculus Placement Exam

Program Contact:

Craig Johnson, Ph.D.
Center for Natural and Health Science (CNHS) building, Room 319

(570) 348-6211 ext. 6291

Administrative Assistant:

Marcie Gaughan
Center for Natural and Health Science (CNHS) building, Room 320 A 
(570) 348-6265

Calculus Placement Exam - 

If you need to take the Calculus Placement Exam, please email Dr. Craig Johnson -  Once you take the exam, please remember your score and email Dr. Craig Johnson to let him know that you took the exam.

Do I need to take the Calculus Placement Exam?

Any student that plans to take MATH 170, Applications of Mathematics to Biology or MATH 211 (was MATH 201), Calculus with Analytic Geometry I, must satisfy one of the following prerequisites:

  • Passed MATH 160, Analysis of Functions (Pre-Calculus) with a C or better, or
  • Transferred a Pre-Calculus course, or
  • Passed the Calculus Placement Exam with a 60%.  (Your high [above a 530] MATH SAT score does not make you exempt from the Calculus Placement Exam)

The following is a list of majors that must take the Calculus Placement Exam and the Algebra Placement Exam:

Please note, if you were able to earn a 530 or above on the Math portion of your SAT's then you do not have to take the Algebra Placement Exam , however, even if you earned a perfect score on your Math SATs you still have to take the Calculus Placement Exam.

Biology, Pre-Professional
Biology, Pre-Chiropractic
Biology, Secondary Education
Computer Science
Information Security
Mathematics, Secondary Education
Pre-Physician Assistant

Taking the Exam:

Your username will be your Marywood email (without the
example: jqpublic (if your Marywood email is

Your password is your Marywood ID # (including a zero at the beginning of the ID #).
example: 0123456

You may choose to take it at any time once Dr. Johnson has set it up for you. You only have one attempt allowed. Once you start the exam, you must finish it within 90 minutes.You are expected to complete the exam independently, WITHOUT a calculator, and without the use of google, etc. This is for your own benefit! By following these guidelines, both you and the Math program will have a better feel for how prepared you are for the class. Most importantly, you will be able to determine if you "really" know the material. It is always frustrating for a student when they end up in a college level math class for which they are not prepared. We hope for all of our students to avoid this situation.

When you take the exam, please note that the exam is divided into several pages (5 problems on each page). When you finish each page, simply go on to the next page (by clicking on the page number). Do not click on the GRADE TEST button until you are ready to submit your exam and receive your final score. However, be sure to click on GRADE TEST button before your time expires (90 minutes) or you may not receive full credit for your work.

Taking a screen shot of your grade is a good idea.  Please email Dr. Craig Johnson and let him know that you have taken the exam, so that he can run the results and send them to the Registrar's Office.  The Registrar's Office will enter your score into the system and you can see it listed on the MarywoodYou portal under the TEST tab.

You can find the placement exam by connecting to the Marywood WebWork server at:

After you login, click on "Take Math_170_Math_201_test" (which is the Calculus exam).

You can take this exam now, and if you do not pass you can take MATH 160 - Analysis of Functions (Pre-Calculus).  

The placement exam may include, but is not limited to, the following topics:

  • Basic arithmetic of integers, fractions, and real numbers in general, absolute values, interval notations;
  • Rules of exponents, and Scientific Notation;
  • Proportions, ratios, and word problems involving ratios and basic algebra;
  • Basic geometry, including area and volume of simple shapes;
  • The coordinate system (xy-plane), distance between points;
  • Equations of lines and circles, and related concepts such as slope, x- and y-intercepts, center and radius;
  • Intersection of lines;
  • Solving linear equations and inequalities, including ones with absolute values;
  • Polynomial operations and factoring;
  • Solving quadratic equations through factoring or using the quadratic formula;
  • Solving linear systems of equations (two by two);
  • Functions and related concepts, such as function composition, inverse functions and graphing;
  • Identifying graphs of common functions;
  • Identifying horizontally/vertically translated function graphs;
  • Logarithmic expressions and rules of logarithms;
  • Exponential functions and logarithmic functions, including the natural exponential function and the natural logarithm function;
  • Solving simple equations involving exponential and logarithmic functions;
  • Trigonometric function definitions, trig. function values at special angles, the unit circle;
  • Identifying trig. function graphs and their horizontal/vertical translations;
  • Using trig. function concepts and identities to find trig. function values.

You can download the sample problems and the answers for practice. Please note that the sample problems are not intended to be exhaustive.