The Preliminary Examination is designed to assess the entering student’s mastery of the foundations of the undergraduate mathematics curriculum, especially linear algebra and advanced calculus, and is used mainly for placement purposes. The exam is administered during Orientation Week before the Fall semester and determines if students need to enroll in MATH 7900 (Foundations for Graduate Mathematics) in the Fall semester. Low performance on the follow-up exam will never be used as the sole basis for cutting a student from the graduate program. An initial sample of the Preliminary Exam and all the subsequent exams are posted below.
Preliminary Examination Information