Quantitative Placement Test

If, upon admittance to SFU, you don’t meet the prerequisites to take a Q course, you can either pass the Quantitative Placement Test, or complete FAN X99 with a minimum grade of C. Please see the Curriculum Initiative for more information.

If you’re not sure whether your math knowledge is where it needs to be to succeed in a Q course, or if your math background is not recent, we recommend that you take the Q Placement Test, or try a practice test.

Upcoming Q Placement Test Dates (IN-PERSON):

Testing will take place at the Burnaby campus in room AQ 3148.1. 

March 1, 2023 9:30-11:20 AM AQ 3148.1
March 7, 2023 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM WMC 2820
March 14, 2023 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
March 23, 2023 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
March 30, 2023 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
April 4, 2023 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
April 11, 2023 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
April 20, 2023 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
April 27, 2023 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM
May 4, 2023 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM

Please note that this test can be written one time only; test re-writes are not allowed. Test details and Registration details are directly below. Please read carefully.

Test Details

  • You will have 90 minutes to write the test. 
  • Testing will be conducted in-person at the Burnaby campus in computer lab AQ 3148.1.  
  • There are 30 questions on the test. The passing score is 20 out of 30.
  • All questions are multiple choice.
  • The tests should be written with a 4-function calculator only.
  • The test can only be written a single time. Re-writes are not allowed.

Registration is required. Details are below.


If you wish to write the test, please follow these instructions.

  • Identify your preferred test date from the dates listed above.

    Email qtest@sfu.ca with “Quantitative Placement Test” in the subject line to schedule the test. You MUST email from your SFU email account and include the following in the body of the email:

    • Your full legal name
    • Your student number
    • Your computing ID
    • Your preferred test date
    • The reason you are taking the test (e.g., do you need FAN X99? do you need a prerequisite to enrol in a certain course?)

You will be sent an email confirmation with further details.

Please do not send multiple emails.

Deadline to Register

The latest students can register is 2pm on the business day prior their test date. If the test is on a Monday, the latest students can register is the Friday before at 2pm.

Exam Practice

Since you can only take the Q Placement Test once, you should get familiar with the list of assessment topics and try the practice test beforehand.

Q Practice Test

Q Assessment Topics