Physics Placement Test Schedule

Dr. Alice Chance
Science Building 178

Any student who wishes to take the test must sign up AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE TEST by calling the PAM office (203-837-8669) to sign up. Appointments for MONDAY exams must be made on the PREVIOUS FRIDAY at the latest.



Wednesday, April 16th

1:00pm-2pm, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Thursday, April 17th


Tuesday, April 21st


Wednesday, April 22nd

12:00pm-1pm, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Thursday, April 23rd


Tuesday, April 28th


Wednesday, April 29th

12:00pm-1pm, 4:00pm-5:00pm


The tests will be held in room SB 164 on all dates listed above.

What to bring?
A scientific calculator and a pen or pencil.

Required time for the test?
You will have 45 minutes to complete the test.

How do you sign up for the test?
Any student who wishes to take the test must sign up AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE OF THE TEST by calling (203-837-8669) or signing up at room SB178.

Who needs to take the test?
Students wishing to register for PHY 110 and PHY 120.

How do I prepare for the test?
The test will consist of 50 multiple choice questions from the following areas:

Part Items Points
I. Arithmetic and Algebra 15 15
II. Physics Knowledge 25 25
III. Pre-Calculus Mathematics 10 40

Appropriate preparation for examination:

  • High school algebra
  • Proportion and equations
  • Solving equations
  • Simultaneous equations
  • The quadric formula
  • Exponents and logarithms
  • Geometry and trigonometry
  • Pre-calculus mathematics
  • Basic concepts of physics

What happens if I do not do sufficiently well on the placement test?

This test is designed for students with one full year of high school algebra and one full year of college preparatory high school physics. Students who do not receive a passing grade on this examination will be advised to register for “Fundamentals of Physics” (PHY 103). The latter course is a one semester course designed for the student who is under prepared to take PHY 110, General Physics (Calculus based) or PHY 120, General Physics (non-calculus based).

PHY 103, Fundamentals of Physics will be offered Summer II, 2014.

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