Quantitative Placement Test

Due to unusual circumstances, Quantitative Placement Tests and Calculus Readiness Tests are being offered online on May 06 and 08. Details are below.


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:

  • May 6 (Wed) 
    • Students choose any 90 minute period between 6:00am and 4:00pm - Pacific Time (US and Canada)
  • May 8 (Fri) 
    • Students choose any 90 minute period between 6:00am and 4:00pm - Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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. The alotted time begins automatically when you access the test questions and expires automatically when the time is up. You can write the test during any 90 minute period of the open times. Please note that the test site closes at 4:00pm, so the latest you should begin writing is 2:30pm
  • Testing will be done in Canvas. Instructions for accessing the test will be emailed once you have successfully registered.
  • 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

You must register at least 24 hours in advance of the beginning of the testing period for your preferred date. If registering for the test period on May 6, you must submit your registration email by 6:00am on May 5.

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