Mathematics Credit Exams

Notre Dame offers optional math credit exams for students who have taken calculus, statistics, or linear algebra and differential equations but do not have AP, IB, or transfer credit for these courses. If you have credit for a course, you should not take the credit exam for it.

The credit exams are primarily intended for students who feel confident in their knowledge and want to advance more quickly in the math sequence required for their major. For instance, if you took calculus in high school but do not have AP or IB credit and want to take Calculus II in your first semester, then you should take the Calculus I credit exam. If you took calculus in high school and want to take Calculus I in your first semester, you should not take the credit exam.  

Notre Dame does not have a placement exam for math. Students in majors that require calculus begin with the first-semester course unless they have credit by examination or transfer credit.

Students who pass a credit exam receive Notre Dame credit for the equivalent course and can take the next level math course as appropriate. Like AP and IB credit, credit from the math credit exam cannot be used to satisfy the Quantitative Reasoning Core Curriculum requirement but can satisfy major and college math requirements.

Notre Dame offers credit exams for the following courses:

  • Statistics for Business I (ACMS 10145)

  • Elements of Calculus I (MATH 10250)

  • Calculus I (MATH 10550)

  • Calculus II (MATH 10560)

  • Calculus III (MATH 20550)

  • Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (MATH 20580)

Click here for an explanation of the different levels of calculus offered at Notre Dame.

Scheduling Your Mathematics Credit Exam

On-campus Mathematics Credit Exams will be administered on Friday, August 20, 2021. This is the first day of Welcome Week for first-year students. Incoming first-year students who register for their Math Credit Exams before June 30, 2021 will qualify to arrive and move into their on-campus residential community on Thursday, August 19, 2021. Students will be notified of approval for early move-in in mid-July. Students who registered after June 30, 2021 will not be eligible for this early move-in process.

If you are waiting to receive AP or IB scores before deciding whether to take a credit exam, you should still register for an exam by June 30. You will have the opportunity to cancel your registration after AP and IB scores have been received.

There is no fee for taking a placement or credit exam. 

Click here to learn more and register for a Math Credit Exam during Welcome Week.