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International Accelerator Program

PreCalculus Math Placement Test

This test is required of all incoming first-year science, math and engineering students.

The Precalculus Math Placement Test is taken online, and you should take it in your home country. This exam determines your math placement. It is imperative that the result be an accurate reflection of your skills. If you are placed in a course that is not aligned with your abilities, you will likely struggle and have difficulty progressing into your degree program. You will have 90 minutes to take the test.  

If you are an incoming first-year business, arts or humanities major, please take the Algebra Math Placement Test.


Exam Details

  1. Review the Precalculus practice test and other important online resources to prepare before taking the actual test.
  2. Create your VIP ID password by visiting Make sure to have your VIP ID and USC ID (both are included in your admissions letter). Follow the instructions in the video below.
  3. Obtain your USC network username and create a password by visiting You will use this username and password to login to take your math placement test. Follow the instructions in the video below.
  4. When you are ready, take the Precalculus Math Placement Test.
  5. After you have completed the math placement test, please email and include a screenshot of your test score in your email.

Email with any questions, and please do not wait to take this test.