One way students may earn credit by examination is by taking a Notre Dame Math Credit Exam. This page describes the Math Credit Exams and outlines the procedures to complete them.

When to take a Math Credit Exam

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

The ND Math 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 intended college/school or major.

For example, if you took calculus in high school but do not have AP or IB HL 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.  

Math Credit Exams and Equivalent ND Courses

Students who pass a Math Credit Exam receive Notre Dame credit for the equivalent course and can take the next level math course as appropriate. Like any Advanced Credit, credit from the Math Credit Exam cannot be used to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements. However, Advanced Credit, including the Math Credit Exam, may satisfy college/school or major math requirements.

Notre Dame offers Math Credit Exams for the following courses:

  • Elements of Statistics (ACMS 10140)
  • 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)

Explore the How to choose a Math course page to explore the different levels of calculus offered at Notre Dame and which math course might be most appropriate for you.

Scheduling a Math Credit Exam

For incoming students in Fall 2022, Mathematics Credit Exams take place in-person on Notre Dame’s campus the morning of Friday, August 19, 2022. This is the first day of Welcome Weekend for first-year students. Incoming first-year students who register for their Math Credit Exams before June 30, 2022 will qualify to move into their on-campus residential community on Thursday, August 18, 2022. Students will be notified of approval for early move-in in mid-July. Students who registered after June 30, 2022 will not be eligible for early move-in.

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

There is no fee for taking a Math Credit exam. 

Register for a Math Credit Exam

Click here to learn more and register for a Math Credit Exam during Welcome Weekend Fall 2022.