All incoming Tandon students (first-year, transfer, and internal transfer students) MUST take the mathematics diagnostic exam, except for those who qualify for advanced placement via AP Calculus, A-Level Maths, or IB Math Exam scores or those who have completed an NYU CAS MATH-UA Calculus course with a grade of C or above. If you qualify, official copies of your AP, A-level, or IB score must be sent to the School of Engineering Admissions Office as soon as possible in order to waive the MaDE requirement.

Students must pre-register to take an exam. No exceptions.

Online exams must be taken on site at the NYU Tandon Brooklyn campus.

Before registering for a Diagnostic Exam date, please consult the AP, A-Level, and IB Exam Placement Policies webpage here as you already may have satisfied the prerequisites to enroll in a Calculus course.


Summer 2018 Exam dates

  • Saturday, June 9th
  • Wednesday, June 13th
  • Saturday, June 30th
  • Monday, July 2nd
  • Friday, July 13th
  • Friday, August 10th
  • Friday, August 24th
  • Sunday, August 26th


If you have already completed the form and would like to change your exam date, please email with your preferred exam date and time.


Rules and Regulations

  1. You will receive email confirmation of your registration, as well as time/ location details, the week prior to the exam date to your NYU email address provided in the Registration form.
  2. The Math Department reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any exam.
  3. Computer lab space is limited. If there are too many students registered for the exam in the lab, some students may be asked to select an alternate exam date.
  4. Arrive at least 10 minutes early with your NYU ID. If you do not have an NYU ID yet, please make sure to note down your NYU N-ID # (ex. N12345678), and bring another form of ID such as a State ID, Driver's License, Passport, etc. You must have a form of ID to get into the building and to be admitted into an exam room. If you arrive late, you will not be given extra time.
  5. You do not receive any academic credit for passing the MaDE. It is for diagnostic purposes only and will place you in the initial mathematics course that best fits your current skill level.
  6. You may take the MaDE a maximum of 3 times.
    • The first attempt is an online multiple choice exam, and you may use any calculator. Students are allowed a max of 2 hours to complete the exam.
    • The second attempt is an online multiple choice exam, no calculators are allowed. Students are allowed a max of 1 hour to complete the exam.
    • The third attempt consists of a complete written precalculus exam, where partial credit may be given. However, you are permitted to use only an approved calculator. A calculator will be lent to you if you do not have an approved model.
  7. Exam results are typically emailed to students within two business days of taking the exam. The email will notify students of their course placement based on their exam results (MA-UY 914/954 or 1024/1324/1054). For information on understanding the Math Diagnostic Exam results, please see below.


Exam Preparation

All students, without exception, must prove they have the skills required for the courses they wish to take. Our MaDE attempts to discern if the students have at their fingertips the high school math skills that they'll need to be able to follow their lectures in mathematics, physics, chemistry, and engineering. The diagnostic exam score is used to match a student's current skills to the appropriate MA-UY course.

The MaDE tests students’ current understanding and skills in basic high school math, including algebra, trig, exponentials, and logarithms. Students may choose to review these topics before taking the MaDE.


Understanding Your Mathematics Diagnostic Exam Result

  • Since the MaDE tests your current knowledge of basic high school math, your MaDE score will place you into either Precalculus (MA-UY 914/954) or Calculus I (MA-UY 1024/1324/1054).
  • Freshman students: This will be the first math course you will enroll in. There are no exceptions.
  • Transfer students:
    • If you are not receiving any transfer credits for MA-UY courses, you will begin with the course that you are placed in based on your MaDE score. There are no exceptions.
    • If you are receiving transfer credit for Calculus and place into Precalculus via the MaDE, we strongly advise that you begin with Precalculus at NYU. If you would like to continue with the course that your transfer credits place you into, please contact the Manager of Academic Affairs, Alison Entin,
    • If you are receiving transfer credit for Calculus courses and place into Calculus via the MaDE, this means that you may continue with the MA-UY course that was recommended to you based on your transfer course evaluation.


For questions concerning the Mathematics Diagnostic Exam, please contact the Math Department at