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R1 (Tier 1) Basic Math Skills Exemption Test

Basic Information

As of May 2005, any course taken within the Department of Mathematics and Statistics that satisfies the R2 (Reasoning) requirement for graduation will automatically satisfy the R1 requirement, as well. This applies retroactively. Certain R2 courses in other departments will also now satisfy the R1 requirement. A full list of such courses is kept by the registrar.

The R1 requirement can no longer be satisfied through the Math Placement Exam. Passing the R1 exam (at least 12 out of 20 correct) will satisfy the R1 requirement for graduation but will not result in the awarding of any credits. There are, however, credit courses that will also satisfy the R1 requirement.

A student does not need to sign up to take the exam. A UMass student ID card and a #2 pencil are required. A calculator is optional, but it cannot be attached to a cell phone. The exam is twenty multiple-choice questions. Students are given 75 minutes to complete the exam. There is no limit on the number of times a student may take this test. The focus of this exam is to measure knowledge of basic math skills. Topics include:

  • perimeter, area, volume
  • linear equations
  • averages
  • fractions
  • ratios
  • percent increase and decrease
  • interpreting graphs and tables
  • compound interest

Results will be posted within four class days of giving the exam.

Exam results can be found here.

Questions about the R1 Exemption Exam should be directed to Mike Hayes,

UWW students should contact Shekhar Regmi,

Note:  UWW students who take their exam off-campus will be notified of their result by e-mail once their exam is scored.  Results for these off-campus exams will not be posted on this website.

Dates of Upcoming Exams



Due to COVID-19 we will be unable to give an in-person exam on April 27th.   Here is the revised plan:

  1. If you are planning to graduate this spring or summer, please email Mike Hayes ( who will give you a proctored version of the exam online on April 27th
  2. If you are not graduating this Spring or Summer, wait until Fall 2020 to take the exemption exam.  If you have a different reason for needing to take the exam this Spring, email Mike.


This Exemption Exam is given several times each semester. The exams will be held at 7:00pm in Marcus 131 on each of the following dates:

Spring 2020

  • Monday, January 27
  • Monday, April 27 (In-person Exam Cancelled)

Fall 2020

  • Monday, September 14
  • Monday, December 14th

Spring 2021

  • Monday, January 25
  • Monday, April 26