Starting Math at Penn

Math Diagnostic Placement Exam

Students should first complete the Math Diagnostic Placement Exam available through the Canvas system and work with their academic advisor to determine which math course is appropriate, given their previous math exposure and the results of the exam.

Departmental Exams for Credit

All students are eligible to take the Mathematics Department's internal exams for credit, which are offered at the beginning of the fall semester. Near the end of the summer, the times and dates of the exams will be posted near the top of the department's undergraduate web page.

Anyone who has studied calculus should consider taking these exams. The department keeps no record of those who do not pass; thus, students who take the exams and fail have lost nothing. The exams are open to all without charge. More information is available on the Mathematics Department website.

Advanced Placement

A student may receive credit for MATH 104 (1 c.u.) by earning:

  • A score of 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus BC exam
  • A score of 7 on the International Baccalaureate (Mathematics [Higher Level] plus Further Mathematics).

No credit is given for the AP Calculus AB exam regardless of score.

The Mathematics Department does not give credit for foreign examinations, such as the German Abitur, the French Baccalaureat and the English A-Levels.

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