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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 Fall 2017 Semester: 

  • October 12th: 5:30-7:00pm
  • October 13th: 9:30-11:00am
  • October 14th: 10:00-11:30am 

Registration Deadline: Friday, October 6th

  • November 16th: 5:30-7:00pm 
  • November 17th: 9:30-11:00am 
  • November 18th: 10:00-11:30am  

Registration Deadline: Friday, November 10th


All Times listed are EDT.