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Important Information

Who Must Take These Tests?

Students may be excused from basic skills placement testing as follows:

  • SAT-Math score 580 or higher exempts math placement test * (AFTER March 2016)
  • SAT-Mathematics score 560 or higher exempts math placement test * (PRIOR to March 2016) 
  • ACT Composite score 26 or higher exempts math placement test *
  • College Board AP Probability & Statistics test score of 4 or 5 exempts math placement tests*
  • Successful transfer of college-level courses in English and math that fulfill the General Education requirement. [1]
  • Students who hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in the United States are exempt from placement testing

* All testing cut scores and course placements are reviewed periodically and subject to change without notice.

Why am I Being Tested?


(Or lower than 560 if you tested prior to March 2016)

The purpose of taking placement tests is to identify students’ academic strengths and needs so that they can plan an appropriate schedule of course work.   ACCUPLACER OnLineT will give students information about their skills in math and will tell students at what level they need to begin their college studies.

What Happens if I do not Pass the Test?

Everyone passes the test. Students who place into developmental courses based upon the results of the basic skills placement test should plan to register for and complete these courses before or during their first semester of enrollment at Ramapo College.

Is There a Testing Time Limit?

The time limit for students taking both the English and math placement tests is 2 hours total (2 1/2 hours if also taking the CLM test).
The time limit for students taking only the math placement test is  1 1/2  hours total.

Is There a Testing Fee?

The following fees must be paid at the time of testing.   Personal check or money order payable to Ramapo College and cash (exact amount) are accepted forms of payment for testing fees.   Credit cards are not accepted.

  • Initial testing session regardless of the number of tests required is  $40.00 (non-refundable)
  • Re-test sessions are limited to 1-hour  per test section and the fee is $10.00 per test  section (non-refundable)
  • Checks returned  due to  insufficient funds will incur a $15.00 handling fee

Information about the ACCUPLACER Tests that includes an overview of how the test works, test-taking tips and sample questions are available in the “Preparation” Section below.

Re-test Fees (payment is due at the time of testing):

$10 for each multiple-choice test section
Students may not re-test on the same day as initial testing.   There is a wait time of 10 days between initial test and retest.
After re-testing, the score that will be valid will be the higher of the two scores.  Once students begin their developmental course work the re-test option is no longer available.

(Students who take MATH 022 will be eligible for CLM re-test prior to course registration) 
Students may register for a re-test appointment by using the online test registration form located on the Ramapo College website   Testing information is located under Academics.

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Calculus Placement Test

Basic Skills Placement Re-Test Policy

Basic Skills Placement Test Scores (ACCUPLACER Online) will be valid for a period of 2 years from the initial testing date.   Students who take ACCUPLACER at Ramapo College and score within retesting range will be allowed  only 1 re-test opportunity per test section.

Test scores that fall within the following ranges are eligible for the re-test option:

  • Calculus Test (CLM) 90-94(Calculus) 60-64(Pre-Calculus)
  • Elementary Algebra test 62-81
  • WritePlacer (Essay) 1-5



Students who wish to register for Precalculus, Calculus I or Discrete Structures are required to take the ACCUPLACER College-Level Math (CLM) Placement Test prior to registration.

The College-Level Math test assesses from intermediate algebra through precalculus.

  • Algebraic operations includes simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.
  • Solutions of equations and inequalities includes the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems and other algebraic equations.
  • Coordinate geometry includes plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions.
  • Applications and other algebra topics ask about complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions, and word problems.
  • The last category, functions and trigonometry, presents questions about polynomials, algebraic, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions.

Students who score 4 or 5 on AP Calculus AB receive credit for Calculus I and are not required to take the CLM  Test.

Students who score 4 or 5 on AP Calculus BC  receive credit for Calculus I and II and are not required to take the CLM  Test.

Students who score 3 on AP Calculus AB or AP Calculus BC receive no credit but may register for MATH 121 Calculus I and are not required to take  the CLM test.


Course Placement Information-Fall 2018: What Courses You’ll Take 1st Semester)

  1. Mathematics Course Placement (based on Elementary Algebra and Arithmetic Scores)
    • Elementary Algebra 82 to 120—Register for a college-level math course to satisfy General Education Requirement chosen from MATH 101, 104, 106, or 108
    • 20 to 81— Register for MATH 022 Transitional Math (required; not for college credit)
  2. Precalculus, Calculus I, or Discrete Structures Placement (see note below)
    Based on ACCUPLACER College-Level Mathematics (CLM) score

    • 95 to 120  MATH 121 Calculus I or MATH 237 Discrete Structures or MATH 205 Math Structures
    • 65 to 94    MATH 110 Pre-Calculus required
    • 20 to 64    MATH 024 Elementary Algebra Topics
    • NOTE: The College-Level Math (CLM) test may only be taken after having achieved an ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra score of 82 or higher, SAT-Math score of 560 (prior to March 2016) or higher, SAT-Math score of 580 (after March 2016) or ACT Composite score of 26 or higher.
  • Students who complete MATH 024 may register for MATH 110 without the CLM test
  • Students who complete MATH 110 may register for MATH 121 without the CLM test
  • Students who complete MATH 110 or MATH 121 may register for MATH 237 without the CLM test
  • Students are not required to take the CLM test to enter MATH 101, 104, 106 or 108
  • AP Calc AB score of 4 or 5 = MATH 121 Calculus I
  • AP Calc BC score of 4 or 5 = MATH 121 Calculus I & MATH 122 Calculus II
  • AP Calc AB or BC score of 3 = MATH 110 Precalculus w/ zero credit & may register for MATH 121 without the CLM test