Mathematics Diagnostic Exam (MaDE)

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 or A Level Maths scores. If you qualify, official copies of your AP or A level Maths score must be sent to the School of Engineering Admissions Office as soon as possible in order to waive the MaDE requirement.

Spring 2018 Exam dates

  • Math Diagnostic Exams have concluded for spring 2018 placement.
  • If you are a transfer student who still needs to take the exam, please contact Alison Entin, alison.entin@nyu.edu.

Rules and Regulations

  • The MaDE must be taken in-person at Tandon at the scheduled times. No reservation is required.
  • You do not receive any academic credit for passing the MaDE. It is for diagnostic purposes only, to place you in the initial mathematics course that best fits your current skill level.
  • The exam typically takes 1.5 to 2 hours, but you are allowed up to 3 hours to complete the exam.
  • You may use either pen or pencil.
  • You may take the MaDE a maximum of 3 times.
    • The first attempt is a multiple choice exam, and you may use any calculator.
    • The second and third attempts consist of a complete written precalc 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 don't have an approved model.
  • 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, alison.entin@nyu.edu.
    • 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.

Questions concerning the Mathematics Diagnostic Exam should be directed to the Manager of Academic Affairs, Alison Entin, alison.entin@nyu.edu.