UCI Physics Placement Test

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This math assessment for physics placement test is utilized to determine which Physics course you will be placed in as an incoming freshman at UCI. You will be placed into either Physics 2 (Introduction to Mathematical Methods for Physics) or Physics 7C (Classical Physics) based on this exam. The test is mandatory and must be completed before you can enroll in one of the above courses.

You should review your high school mathematics focusing on graphing, vectors and calculus (basic derivatives, integrals and their applications). The physics topics include motion along a line and projectile motion and a few general word problems. You may use a calculator.

There are 32 multiple-choice questions. You must score 24 or above to enroll in Physics 7C, otherwise you will have to enroll in the preparatory course, Physics 2. Although there is no time limit, you should allow yourself at least ninety minutes to complete the test. This exam can only to be taken once.

If you have both a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Physics Exam C, Part I or II, and a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Mathematics AB exam or a score of 3 on the AP Mathematics BC exam, you are exempt from taking the test and may enroll in Physics 7C/7LC. You should take this test if you have taken the AP exams but have not received your results by July 15th.