Quantitative Placement Test

Who should take the Q test?

  1. Students who have not satisfied the SFU Quantitative Admissions Requirement. (Those barred from registering in Q courses.)
  2. Students who do not currently satisfy the prerequisites for MATH 100 or MATH 190

Check out the list of ASSESSMENT TOPICS.

To accurately gauge your math skills, try the Q PRACTICE TEST first.

Test Details:

  • 90 minutes 
  • Closed book
  • In-person - Burnaby campus
  • 30 multiple choice questions
  • 4-function calculator (no graphing calculators)
  • The test can only be written ONCE. 
  • Once the test begins the 90 minute countdown starts and cannot be paused.
  • PASSING SCORE: 20/30

What if I don't pass?

  • Option A: Complete the SFU FAN X99 course. (A grade of C is required.)
  • Option B: Upgrade high school math courses via continuing education. 

*A score of 20/30 is required to pass the Q test.*

*Any score less than 20 is considered a FAIL.*


Upcoming Q Placement Test Dates


February 13, 2024 1:30 - 3:20 PM
February 27, 2024 1:30 - 3:20 PM
March 7, 2024 1:30 - 3:20 PM
March 12, 2024 1:30 - 3:20 PM
March 21, 2024 1:30 - 3:20 PM

Location: AQ3148.1 at SFU Burnaby campus.

This test can be written one time only; test re-writes are not allowed. 


  • Email math_advice@sfu.ca from your SFU email address.
  • Subject line: "Quantitative Placement Test - [Desired Test Date]"
  • Attach your advising transcript
  • Include the following in the body of your email:
    • Full legal name
    • Student number
    • Computing ID
    • Testing 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?)

DEADLINE: The latest students can register is 2:00 pm 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 2:00pm.)

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