Math Placement Test

Math Placement Test

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The math placement test is required or recommended for a number of math courses. If a course requires or recommends this test, it is noted in the prerequisites of the course description. The following information applies to all students registered for credit or noncredit in those courses.

Required test (on campus)

If you register for credit or noncredit in a course that requires the math placement test, take the test in-person at one of the following times. Plan to present a government-issued photo ID when you arrive to take the exam.

  • Sunday, June 18, 1 pm, Science Center Hall B
  • Late test: Monday, June 19, 4 pm, Science Center Hall B

Recommended test (online)

If you register for credit or noncredit in a course for which the math placement test is recommended, take the test online any time between Wednesday, March 1, and Sunday, June 18 (except 1 am to 4 am eastern time). You receive your score upon completing the test.


First register for the math courses that interest you, then take the math placement test as described above. Have alternate courses in mind in case you do not pass the test. This is especially important if you are an international student with an I-20 certificate from Harvard Summer School, as you must meet the enrollment requirements for students with I-20s.

If possible, attend first meetings of your alternate course until you learn your test results. Based on your test score, if you are required to change your course, do so by the course change deadline (Wednesday, June 21).


Some math courses require the use of a graphing calculator. However, they are not allowed while taking the placement test.


For questions or technical support for the test, e-mail support@math-placement.dce.harvard.edu.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity policies apply to placement tests. Alleged breaches are referred to the Administrative Board and may result in indefinite suspension of registration privileges.


Harvard Summer School welcomes students with disabling conditions to participate in all aspects of our academic programming. Students who plan to take this test who have a need for accommodations should contact the Accessibility Services Office, by calling (617) 998-9640 or emailing accessibility@dcemail.harvard.edu, to discuss accommodation needs.  Please see Accessibility Services for further information.

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