Math Placement Diagnostic

All incoming Bard students are required to complete Parts 1 and 2 of the Mathematics Diagnostic. The diagnostic will be available online until August 5, 2019. Please make sure to complete the diagnostic before arriving at Bard. However, any student who prefers to do so, or who encounters difficulty with the online Math Diagnostic, can request to take the placement test in person once they arrive on campus for L&T.
You must make this request prior to the August 5th completion deadline, by contacting Daniel Newsome at

Click the button below to log into Google (G Suite for Education) with your
Bard account email and password (remember, your Bard e-mail address ends in “”).


Having difficulty logging into your Bard Google account?
Please contact the Bard Helpdesk, Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm EST at 845-758-7500 or

Have questions about math courses or the math diagnostic?
Please e-mail Professor Daniel Newsome, Interim Director of Quantitative Literacy, at

Before You Begin

  • Plan to finish the test in one sitting. This placement test should take you about an hour to complete.  
  • Be aware that your answers will only be recorded after you click on the "Submit" button at the end of Part 2 of the test. Once you have clicked "Submit" you cannot revisit the exam.
  • This placement test will not save your place, so DO NOT close your web browser window or you will have to start the test over. You can take short breaks, just don't close your web browser.    
  • Have scrap paper, pencil, and a calculator ready. Smart phone calculators are perfectly adequate.
  • If possible, plan to use a computer with a large screen (not a small mobile device) and a good internet connection.
  • Relax. We simply want to understand your comfort level with a range of math concepts. When you are ready to begin, you should answer the test questions honestly and relatively quickly.  

About the Math Diagnostic:


  • What browser is recommended for the Math Diagnostic? Expand for more.
  • What is the Math Diagnostic? Expand for more.
  • What is the purpose of the Math Diagnostic? Expand for more.
  • What if I don't plan on taking math this semester? Expand for more.
  • What if I took an AP Calculus exam? Expand for more.