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Placement Test for MA1200


The mathematics placement test for MA1200 (Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra I) aims to help academic units under College of Science manage the consistency of the basic knowledge in mathematics of their students of cohort 2022 and hence contribute in effective teaching and student learning. The test is designed to allow students to demonstrate their abilities and skills in the basic mathematics requirement at university level. It is optional and plays no role in admission.


If a student does not pass the placement test for MA1200, he or she is advised to enroll in the course.


Prospective students of Advanced Standing I/II admitted in 2022 meeting the following requirements can register to take the test subject to a recommendation from the student's Programme/Major Leader or Admission Officer:

  • without HKALE A-Level Applied Mathematics or Pure Mathematics, but with grade C or above in HKALE AS-Level Mathematics and Statistics, or equivalent

Students who have taken exams of MA1006, MA1200, MA1201, MA1300, MA1301, MA1508, MA2176, MA2182 or MA2183 previously are NOT eligible to take the test.

Topics Covered

The level of the test is equivalent to the syllabus of MA1200 and will cover the following mathematical areas:

  • Polynomials; Mathematical induction; Binomial theorem

  • Coordinate geometry and conic sections; Basic trigonometry

  • Functions and inverses; Limits, continuity and differentiability

  • Techniques of differentiation, implicit, logarithmic and parametric differentiation; Successive differentiation

  • Applications of differentiation: rate of change, local extrema, optimization problems, Taylor series, l'Hôpital rule

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Duration of the Test

1.5 hours

Test Style


Test Format

40 Multiple Choice Questions

Grading Pattern


Passing Grade

A minimum standard of 70% must be achieved in the test

Application and Fees

Students must get approval from their Programme/Major Leaders or Admission Officers in order to take the test. Pre-registration must be completed 5 working days prior to the test date. A completed application form must reach the Department of Mathematics by hand.


Application form without endorsement of Programme/Major Leader or Admission Officer and departmental stamp of the student's home department will NOT be processed further. Students should ensure that the form has been completed and signed before sending to the Department of Mathematics.

Test Schedule for Semester A 2022/23


22 August 2022, Monday


2:00pm - 3:30pm (1.5 hours)


Online (Details will be sent to participants via email)

Note: Please pay attention to the instructions provided in our emails and during the start of the tests.


Test results will be released to individual students and the relevant Programme/Major Leaders or Admission Officers within five working days after the test. If a student does not pass the placement test for MA1200, he or she is advised to enroll in the course.


If a student passes the placement test, she/he will be exempted from taking the related course and cannot take such course thereafter.

Department of Mathematics, CityU

Y6524, 6/F, Yeung Kin Man Academic Building City University of Hong Kong

Tel : (852) 3442-8404

Fax : (852) 3442-0250