Placement Guidelines

The Mathematics Placement Assessment is designed to assess your level of preparedness for college-level mathematics. 

The results will enable us to determine the appropriate mathematics course for you based on demonstrated ability and choice of major. 

Your performance on this assessment will not adversely affect your admission status, eligibility for financial aid or grade in any course. We simply don’t want you to waste your time or money taking a mathematics course that is too easy or too hard for you.

The Assessment

  • You may use pencil and paper for your calculations but no books, notes, calculators or assistance from anyone.

  • You will receive your score as soon as you complete the assessment.

  • To log in: Use just the beginning of your Merrimack Username, leave OFF the @merrimack.edu

Incoming Freshmen

The assessment is available online through the college’s Blackboard Academic Suite. Please refer to the welcome email sent to your personal email account for your log-in information. If you did not receive one, or for any questions, please contact the Office of Admission at admission@merrimack.edu or 978-837-5100.

  1. To log in: Use just the beginning of your Merrimack Username, leave OFF the @merrimack.edu

  2. Select the “course” Mathematics Placement Assessment.
  3. Read the directions.
  4. Complete the assessment.
  5. Your score and the course you tested into will appear in MyMack under “Academic History” after the assessment is completed.
  6. We will then review your results and register you in an appropriate course.

Transfer Students

  • Please refer to the Transfer Credit Evaluation Sheet sent to you by the admission office. This document lists those courses that we have already accepted in transfer as well as any that may still be under review. 

Current Merrimack College Students 

You must take the assessment before registering for your first math course unless you have transfer credit for MTH 1115 or MTH 1217. The assessment is administered as a “course” through the college’s Blackboard Academic Suite.

If you have not taken the assessment but are enrolled in the “course” on Blackboard:

  1. Log in.
  2. Select the “course” Mathematics Placement Assessment
  3. Read the directions
  4. Complete the assessment.
  5. Your score and the course you tested into will appear in MyMack under “Academic History” after.
Questioning Your Score

If you have taken the assessment but do not feel that your score accurately reflects your level of mathematical ability, you may retake it in a proctored environment. Please contact Science and Engineering Advising at SE_AdvisingCenter@merrimack.edu to discuss your score.