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.  Please note: It is not possible for a student to attempt a given ND Math Credit Exam more than once.

Notre Dame offers credit exams for the following courses:

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

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:

Please note: January 16th is the first day of classes for the Spring semester.

Register for (or Cancel) an ND Math Credit Exam

Registration closed on Friday, January 12, 2024. Registration for an ND Math Exam used this registration link. Please email Chris Temple in the Center for University Advising at ctemple@nd.edu if you have any questions.

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 these answers and more on the ND Math Credit Exam FAQ page.