Place students with previous calculus experience in the correct course
Use this 40-question placement test to determine if a student with some calculus knowledge is best suited for Calculus I, II, or III. The test was developed by faculty members at Purdue University with in-depth experience teaching this set of calculus courses.
Most students at Purdue who take this exam are transferring from another academic institution or have AP credit. The exam is intended to provide a standard way to inform new students where they would be most successful without spending time repeating courses for which they already have credit.
The test covers topics from all three calculus levels with randomized multiple-choice questions. As a general rule of thumb, if a student does well on the entire exam, he or she is ready for a Calculus III or Calculus III honors course. If a student performs less proficiently on the exam, Calculus I may be the better placement, even if the student already has some calculus credits.
A detailed grading rubric is available upon request.