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Economics Placement Exam

In order to waive ECON-603 Introduction to Economic Theory, students must take and pass 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 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:

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

Registration Deadline: Thursday, March 16 

  • 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)

Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 20

  • 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)

Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 18

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

  • June 8th: 5:30-7:00pm
  • June 9th: 9:30-11:00am
  • June 10th: 10:00-11:30am

Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 1

  • July 13th: 5:30-7:00pm 
  • July 14th: 9:30-11:00am
  • July 15th: 10:00-11:30am

Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 6th


All Times listed are EDT.