NYU Shanghai Mathematics Placement

Please note that this information is subject to change as the curriculum develops.
 

Here is the placement process for first-semester Mathematics at NYU Shanghai. For more information on the courses, please consult the NYU Shanghai Academic Bulletin, which may be found here.

During the summer prior to your first semester at NYU Shanghai, you will be initially placed into a Mathematics course based on high school Mathematics performance. Students who wish to be initially placed in MATH-SHU 121 (Calculus) must meet one of the following prerequisites:

  • Pre-March 2016 SAT Math (primary or subject level I or II) score of at least 650 OR new SAT Math score of at least 670
  • ACT/E Math score of 30 or higher
  • AP Calculus AB score of 4 or higher
  • AP Calculus BC score of 4 or higher
  • IB Mathematics SL score of 7 or higher
  • IB Mathematics HL score of 6 or higher
  • AS-level Mathematics grade of A or better
  • A-level Mathematics grade of B or better
  • Faculty review of students' Gaokao math scores
  • Grade of C or better in MATH-SHU 009 (Precalculus)
  • Passing the NYU Shanghai Place-Into-Calculus Examination

Students who wish to be initially placed in MATH-SHU 201 (Honors Calculus) must meet one of the following prerequisites:

  • AP Calculus BC score of 5
  • Faculty review of students' Gaokao math scores
  • Passing the NYU Shanghai Place-Out-of-Calculus Examination

Students who wish to enroll in MATH-SHU 123 (Multivariable Calculus) or MATH-SHU 212 (Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations) must meet one of the following prerequisites:

  • AP Calculus BC score of 5
  • Grade of C or better in MATH-SHU 121 (Calculus)
  • Passing the NYU Shanghai Place-Out-of-Calculus Examination

Additionally, students with an AP Calculus BC score of 5 are considered as having satisfied the core Mathematics requirement at NYU Shanghai.


NYU Shanghai Mathematics Placement Examinations

Taking a Mathematics placement examination is optional at NYU Shanghai. NYU Shanghai offers two Mathematics placement examinations:

Exam I: Placement into Calculus
Exam II: Placement out of Calculus

Your initial placement will determine which placement examination(s) you are eligible to take. Those with a passing score on Exam I are permitted to take Exam II. Please note that NYU Shanghai abides by the following policies for Mathematics placement.

1.    No student may move to a higher level of Mathematics except by placement examination.
2.    Only students passing the NYU Shanghai examination for placement into Calculus (Exam I) or initially placed into Calculus or above are eligible to take the placement examination for placement out of Calculus (Exam II).
3.    A student may attempt the same placement exam only twice, with at least three months between each attempt.
4.    Within the NYU Shanghai add/drop period, a student is allowed to move to a lower level of Mathematics at his/her own discretion (provided that student has not already taken the lower-level course at NYU Shanghai). The student must inform his/her advisor of this change. Instructor approval is not required for such a change. No such movement may occur after the add/drop period has ended.


Sample Placement Examinations

Sample Placement Exam I: Placement into Calculus ExaminationSolutions
Sample Placement Exam II: Placement out of Calculus Examination | Solutions