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Economics Placement Exam

Students interested in waiving ECON-603, Introduction to Economic Theory, may take the SIS Online Economics Placement Exam. Exams are normally held twice per semester. Student should plan to take the exam prior to the semester in which the waiver is required to register for any of the following courses: 

SIS-616 International Economics

SIS-620 Introduction to Environmental Economics

SIS-731 Economic Development 

  • The online economics placement exam is offered live and is proctored, such that students must be on webcam during the length of the exam.
  • The exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions that cover both the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics. 
  • Students have up to 90 minutes to complete the exam. 
  • Students may only take the exam once as an SIS graduate student. 
  • The passing score is a minimum of 74%

Note: Students who are admitted for spring 2017 or later will only be allowed to waive ECON-603 for the above listed economics courses by passing the SIS online Economics Placement Exam.

For students admitted for Fall 2016 or earlier, some MA programs may allow students to waive ECON-603 based on other criteria.  Students should check with their Academic Advisor if they have questions about whether they must take the Economics Placement Exam.   

The exam will be held the following times for the Spring 2017 Semester:

  • February 9th: 5:30-7:00pm 
  • February 10th: 9:30-11:00am
  • February 11th: 10:00-11:30am 

  • March 23rd: 5:30-7:00pm
  • March 24th: 9:30-11:00am
  • March 25th: 10:00-11:30am 

  • April 27th: 5:30-7:00pm (On-Campus Students Only)
  • April 28th: 9:30-11:00am (On-Campus Students Only)
  • April 29th: 10:00-11:30am (On-Campus Students Only)

  • May 25th:5:30-7:00pm (On-Campus Students Only)
  • May 26th: 9:30-11:00am (On-Campus Students Only)
  • May 27th: 10:00-11:30am (On-Campus Students Only)

All Times listed are EST. 


Spring 2017 Exam Registration Deadlines

February Exams - Thursday, February 2  
March Exams - Thursday, March 16
April Exams- Thursday, April 20
May Exams- Thursday, May 18