ND Math Credit Exam FAQ Resource

This page provides answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the ND Math Credit Exam.

How long will it take to finish an exam?

  • ACMS 10140: Elements of Statistics - 65 minutes

  • MATH 10250: Elements of Calculus - 65 minutes

  • MATH 10550: Calculus I - 75 minutes

  • MATH 10560: Calculus II - 75 minutes

  • MATH 20550: Calculus III - 80 minutes

  • MATH 20580: Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations - 120 minutes

What about the Honor Code?

Notre Dame’s Academic Code of Honor is in effect for these exams. Do your own work. Smartphones may not be used during the exam. Calculator policies are detailed below.

What are the calculator usage policies for each exam?

The following exams DO NOT allow the use of a calculator:

  • MATH 10250: Elements of Calculus
  • MATH 10550: Calculus I
  • MATH 10560: Calculus II
  • MATH 20580: Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

The following exams allow the use of a scientific or graphing calculator.  Calculators with a QWERTY keyboard and smartphone calculators are prohibited.

  • ACMS 10140: Elements of Statistics
  • MATH 20550: Calculus III

Will formula sheets or other references be provided?

Supplemental packets will be provided for two of the exams: ACMS 10140: Elements of Statistics and MATH 10560: Calculus II. All of the other exams do not require or allow formula sheets or other references.

What if I want to take more than one exam?

After you complete the first exam, you can request to take a second exam from the exam proctor and take it immediately. If you need to take a third exam, we can make arrangements for you to continue your exams at a later date.

What if I have a time conflict and cannot take the exam at the assigned time?

There are no Welcome Weekend activities scheduled during the Math Credit Exam period on Friday. Students who believe they have a time conflict may contact Chris Temple by emailing ctemple@nd.edu. As the Math Exam Administrator, he will review your request for an alternate exam time.

What do I need to bring to the exam?

  • Bring your laptop computer and power cord. Be sure that your laptop computer is fully charged and bring the power cord just in case. Tablet computers (such as iPads) are not recommended. 

  • Bring a pencil and eraser or pen for scratch work. Scrap paper will be provided.

  • Bring a photo ID.

When will I learn the results for my exam(s) and adjust my class schedule?

Math exams taken online will be scored immediately after submission. You will learn your results immediately if you took the exam on a laptop. Students who pass the exam will have an opportunity to discuss appropriate changes to their semester class schedule with an advisor following the test. Paper exams will be scored by 8:00 AM the following day. All results (for both electronic and paper exams) are shared with you and your first-year advisor so that you can discuss any necessary class schedule changes.

What is the required score to earn credit on the Math Credit Exam?

Students need to earn a score of 80% or higher in order to earn credit.

If I pass the Math Credit Exam, how does my credit count?

Credit earned by passing a Notre Dame math or ACMS credit exam counts just like AP or IB exam credit. It can count towards college or major requirements, but it does not count towards the Quantitative Reasoning requirement of the Core Curriculum.

If I pass the Math Credit Exam, what course credit will I earn?

The following “1009x” course numbers will appear on your academic transcript if you earn a qualifying score on the corresponding exam.

  • ACMS 10140: Elements of Statistics exam = credit for ACMS 10091
  • MATH 10250: Elements of Calculus exam = credit for MATH 10090
  • MATH 10550: Calculus I exam = credit for MATH 10091
  • MATH 10560: Calculus II exam = credit for MATH 10092
  • MATH 20550: Calculus III exam = credit for MATH 10093
  • MATH 20580: Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations exam = credit for MATH 10094

These exam-credit course numbers are distinctive from the course numbers when credit is earned by taking the course at Notre Dame.