ND Math Credit Exam

This page describes the ND Math Credit Exam. Students may earn Notre Dame credit by exam by taking an ND Math Credit Exam. There is no fee for taking this exam.

What is an ND Math Credit Exam and Who Should Take One?

Notre Dame offers optional ND Math Credit Exams for students who have taken calculus, statistics, or linear algebra and differential equations but do not have Advanced Placement (AP) credit, International Baccalaureate (IB) credit, or pre-matriculation transfer credit for these courses. A student who takes the ND Math Credit Exam and receives a score of 80% or higher earns Notre Dame credit for the equivalent course. 

Notre Dame offers credit exams for the following courses:

  • ACMS 10140: Elements of Statistics (laptop exam)
  • MATH 10250: Elements of Calculus (laptop exam)
  • MATH 10550: Calculus I (laptop exam)
  • MATH 10560: Calculus II (laptop exam)
  • MATH 20550: Calculus III (laptop exam)
  • MATH 20580: Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (paper exam)

The ND Math Credit Exam is 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 and did not take an AP or IB HL exam but feel prepared to take Calculus II in your first semester, you should take the Calculus I credit exam.
  • If you took calculus in high school and plan to take Calculus I in your first semester, you should not take the credit exam. 
  • If you already have credit for a course, you should not take the credit exam for that course. 

You are not required to take these exams. There is no academic harm in taking one of these exams and not passing. If you have already registered for the math or applied math course that you wish to take at Notre Dame, then there is no need to take one of these exams.

ND Math Credit Exam and Equivalent ND Courses

Students who earn an 80% or higher on an ND Math Credit Exam receive Notre Dame credit for the equivalent course and can take the next-level math course as appropriate.  Students who pass the exam will have an opportunity to discuss appropriate changes to their semester class schedule with an advisor following the test. Credit from the ND Math Credit Exam, like any other Advanced Credit, cannot be used to satisfy a Core Curriculum requirement but may satisfy a college, school, or major requirement.

ND Math Credit Exam Schedule

The ND Math Credit Exam is scheduled for:

  • Friday, August 18, 2023
  • 1:00 PM 
  • DeBartolo Hall Room 101

August 18 is the first day of Welcome Weekend. There are no other Welcome Weekend activities scheduled during the ND Math Credit Exam. 

First-year students will receive room assignments, detailed move-in information, and instructions to sign-up for an arrival time from Residential Life in July. Students who register to take the ND Math Credit Exam should sign up for a residence hall arrival time between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM on Friday, August 18.

For more information about move-in and arrival to your residence hall please click here. If you have additional questions about arrival times, contact Residential Life at residentiallife@nd.edu or 574.631.5878.

Register for (or Cancel) an ND Math Credit Exam

Beginning June 6, 2023, register for an ND Math Credit Exam using this registration link. Registration closes on Wednesday, August 9, 2023.  If your plans have changed, you can use the same link to cancel your previous registration for a credit exam.

Still have ND Math Credit Exam Questions?

How long is each credit exam? What do I need to bring with me? Can I use a calculator? Find answers to these questions and more on the ND Math Credit Exam FAQ page.