Fall 2020 Math Placement Exams
Mathematics Placement Exams (placein and placeout) will be offered at the beginning of the semester and before the registration starts.
Math Placement Exams At the Beginning of Fall 2020
For nonfreshman students, RSVP here:
 Monday, September 14, 5:40 pm, OR
 Tuesday, September 15, 12:40 pm
For firstyear students, RSVP here:
To take the exam on campus:
1. "Place into Calculus and Linear Algebra" and "Place into Honors Calculus and Honors Linear Algebra"
 Thursday, September 10, 12:00 pm, OR
 Friday, September 11, 10:30 am
2. "Place out of Calculus"
 Saturday, September 12, 10:00 am.
To take the exam remotely only if you are not in Shanghai:
 Thursday, September 10, 9:00 am or 8:00 pm, OR
 Friday, September 11, 9:00 am or 8:00 pm.
Note:
1. "Place into Calculus and Linear Algebra" exam and "Place out of Calculus" exam are scheduled in the same classroom.
2. "Place into Calculus and Linear Algebra" exam is 60 minutes in duration, and "Place out of Calculus" exam is 90 minutes in duration.
3. Students who take the exams online may only use it for course placement. They may not use it to place out of the Mathematics or Algorithmic Thinking requirement in the Core Curriculum.
Initial Mathematics Placement Criteria For New Students
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 MATHSHU 131 (Calculus) and/or MATHSHU 140 (Linear Algebra) must meet one of the following prerequisites:

SAT General Test Math score of at least 690

SAT Math Level I (after Mar/2016) Subject Test score of at least 690

SAT Math Level II (after Mar/2016) Subject Test score of at least 630

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 4 or higher

IB Mathematics HL score of 4 or higher

ASlevel Mathematics grade of A or better

Alevel Mathematics grade of B or better

Math French Baccalaureate exam 12 or higher

Faculty review of students' Gaokao math scores

Grade of C or better in MATHSHU 009 (Precalculus)

Passing the NYU Shanghai PlaceIntoCalculusandLinearAlgebra Examination
Students who did not meet any of the criteria above will be placed in MATHSHU 009 (Precalculus). Students who are placed into Precalculus and do not wish to continue to enroll in Calculus also have the option to take MATHSHU 10 (Quantitative Reasoning: Great Ideas in Math). Students should work with their advisor on this course selection.
Students who wish to be initially placed into MATHSHU 201 (Honors Calculus) and/or MATHSHU 141 (Honors Linear Algebra I) must meet one of the following prerequisites:
 Faculty review of students' APBC, IBHL and Gaokao math scores
 Passing the NYU Shanghai PlaceintoHonorsCalculusandHonorsLinearAlgebra Examination
Students who wish to enroll in MATHSHU 151 (Multivariable Calculus) must meet one of the following prerequisites:
 Faculty review of students' APBC, IBHL and Gaokao math scores
 Grade of C or better in MATHSHU 131 (Calculus)
 Passing the NYU Shanghai PlaceoutofCalculus Examination
If you have any scores listed above that you had not submitted to NYU and/or any additional information about your math background, please complete the Math Placement Appeal Form.
Although you are recommended to enroll in a math course that reflects your math placement level, you have the option to take a math course lower than the assigned level. For example, if you are placed into Honors Calculus, you can opt to take Calculus in Fall 2019. However, please pay attention to the prerequisite and corequisite requirements of some elective courses, because a few of them require a certain level of math course as the prerequisite or corequisite.
Information regarding MATHSHU 10 Quantitative Reasoning: Great Ideas in Math
Students who are placed into Precalculus and do not wish to continue to enroll in Calculus also have the option to take MATHSHU 10 (Quantitative Reasoning: Great Ideas in Math) in Spring 2020. This course cannot serve as a prerequisite for Calculus and would be suitable if you are quite sure you do not wish to pursue a major that requires Calculus. Majors that require Calculus include Science majors, Business, Computer Science, Data Science, Economics, Mathematics, and Engineering. This course will not be offered in Fall 2019. If you are certain that you want to take this course, you can take it in Spring 2020, and in Fall 2019 you will enroll in 2 elective courses.
NYU Shanghai Mathematics Placement Examinations
Taking a Mathematics placement examination is optional at NYU Shanghai. NYU Shanghai offers three Mathematics placement examinations:
Exam I: Placement into Calculus and Linear Algebra
Exam II: Placement out of Calculus
Exam III: Place into Honors Calculus and Honors Linear Algebra
Exam I: Placement into Calculus and Linear Algebra
Exam II: Placement out of Calculus
Exam III: Place into Honors Calculus and Honors Linear Algebra
Please note that NYU Shanghai abides by the following policies for Mathematics placement.
If you were placed in Precalculus and want to enroll in Calculus, you should take the "Place into Calculus and Linear Algebra" exam.
If you were placed in Calculus and want to place into Honors Calculus , you should take the "Place into Honors Calculus and Honors Linear Algebra" exam.
If you were placed in Calculus and want to take a course that lists Calculus as a prerequisite you should take the "Place out of Calculus" exam.
If you were placed in Calculus and want to take a course that lists Calculus as a prerequisite you should take the "Place out of Calculus" exam.
1. No student may move to a higher level of Mathematics except by placement examination.
2. A student may attempt the same placement exam only twice, with at least three months between each attempt.
3. 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 lowerlevel 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.
2. A student may attempt the same placement exam only twice, with at least three months between each attempt.
3. 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 lowerlevel 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 and Linear Algebra Examination  Solutions
Sample Placement Exam II: Placement out of Calculus Examination  Solutions
Sample Placement Exam II: Placement out of Calculus Examination  Solutions
Sample Placement Exam III: Placement into Honors Calculus and Honors Linear Algebra I Examination
Mathematics Course Descriptions and Syllabi
Please note that the course syllabi are example ones for your reference only. You will receive the most updated syllabi in class.
MATHSHU 9 Precalculus
This course is designed as a preparation for calculus, including study of basic properties of polynomials, rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and trigonometric functions. Systems of linear equations are also covered. Prerequisite: None.Click here to view course syllabus.
This course is designed as a preparation for calculus, including study of basic properties of polynomials, rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, and trigonometric functions. Systems of linear equations are also covered. Prerequisite: None.Click here to view course syllabus.
MATHSHU 10 Quantitative Reasoning: Great Ideas in Mathematics
This onesemester course serves as an introduction to great ideas in mathematics. During the course we will examine a variety of topics chosen from the following broad categories.
1) A survey of pure mathematics: What do mathematicians do and what questions inspire them? 2) Great works: What are some of the historically big ideas in the field? Who were the mathematicians that came up with them? 3) Mathematics as a reflection of the world we live in: How does our understanding of the natural world affect mathematics (and vice versa)? 4) Computations, proofs, and mathematical reasoning: Quantitative skills are crucial for dealing with the sheer amount of information available in modern society. 5) Mathematics as a liberal art: Historically, some of the greatest mathematicians have also been poets, artists, and philosophers. How is mathematics a natural result of humanity's interest in the nature of truth, beauty, and understanding? Why is math a liberal art? Prerequisite: None.
MATHSHU 131 Calculus
This course presents the foundations of calculus for functions of a single variable. Topics addressed include limits, continuity, rules of differentiation, approximation, antiderivatives, indefinite and definite integrals, the fundamental theorem of calculus, integration techniques, and improper integrals. Prerequisite: Sufficient high school grades, or NYU SH “Calculus and Linear Algebra” placement exam, or a grade of C or better in MATHSHU 9 (Precalculus).
Click here to view course syllabus.
MATHSHU 201 Honors Calculus
This is a rigorous course in singlevariable calculus, providing preparation for advanced, courses in analysis. It emphasizes proofs and therefore also provides a strong formation to logical thinking and argumentation, which are valuable in other disciplines. Topics covered include basic logic and set theory, functions, sequences, series, limits of functions, continuity, derivatives, and Taylor expansions. Prerequisite: Faculty review of high school grades, or NYU SH “Honors Calculus and Honors Linear Algebra” placement exam, or authorization of the instructor. This course can replace MATHSHU 131 (Calculus) as a prerequisite. Not of ered to students who took MATHSHU 143 (Foundations of Mathematical Methods).
Click here to view course syllabus.
MATHSHU 141 Honors Linear Algebra I
This is the first semester of a 2semester sequence in linear algebra for advanced mathematics majors. This course starts with introducing the basic practical knowledge of linear algebra, that is operations on matrices and techniques in order to solve a system of linear equations. These notions are covered on both practical and theoretical levels. After this, the focus is on operators and an introduction to spectral theory. The following topics are studied: vector spaces, linear independence, bases, dimension, determinants, characteristic polynomials, CayleyHamilton theorem, as well as eigenvalues and eigenvectors. The goal of this course is, on one hand, to provide the practical tools for application in various disciplines and courses such as Differential Equations, Analysis, or Probability and, on the other hand, to acquire the theoretical knowledge necessary to properly write mathematical proofs. Prerequisite: Faculty review of high school grades, or NYU SH “Honors Calculus and Honors Linear Algebra” placement exam, or authorization of the instructor. This course can
replace MATHSHU 140 (Linear algebra) as a prerequisite.
replace MATHSHU 140 (Linear algebra) as a prerequisite.
Usually taken concurrently with MATHSHU 201 Honors Calculus. Click here to view course syllabus.
MATHSHU 151 (formerly 123) Multivariable Calculus
This course is a continuation of calculus, focusing on sequences, series, and the calculus of functions of several variables. The first part is focused on real sequences and series, power series, Taylor expansions and Landau’s notation. The second part concerns functions of several variables, including continuity, differentiation, gradient, extrema, Lagrange multipliers, multiple integrals, and an introduction to vector calculus. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in MATHSHU 131 (Calculus).
Click here to view course syllabus.