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.

Sample Preliminary Exam Summer 2002

Graduate Prelim Exam Fall 2002

Graduate Prelim Exam Spring 2003

Graduate Prelim Exam Fall 2003

Graduate Prelim Exam Spring 2004

Graduate Prelim Exam Fall 2004

Graduate Prelim Exam Spring 2005

Graduate Prelim Exam Fall 2005

Graduate Prelim Exam Spring 2006

Graduate Prelim Exam Fall 2006

Graduate Prelim Exam Spring 2007

Graduate Prelim Exam Fall 2007

Graduate Prelim Exam Spring 2008

Graduate Prelim Exam Fall 2008

Graduate Prelim Exam Spring 2009

Graduate Prelim Exam Fall 2009

Graduate Prelim Exam Fall 2010

Graduate Prelim Exam Fall 2011

Graduate Prelim Exam Fall 2012

Graduate Prelim Exam Fall 2013

Graduate Prelim Exam Fall 2014

Graduate Prelim Exam Fall 2015