Prerequisites and Placement Exams
 
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Prerequisites and Placement Exams

Math

Students must have 8 total credits of math from among the following courses: MATH-UA9 Algebra and Calculus, MATH-UA121 Calculus I, and MATH-UA122 Calculus II. Courses taken depend on prerequisites and/or credit for prior learning.

Please speak to your advisor about any credit for prior learning you wish to use, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, transfer credit, or an international credential.

Please Note: THE PLACEMENT EXAM OCCURS ONLY TWICE PER YEAR AND YOU MUST PREREGISTER.  Please read the following placement information carefully and speak with your advisor.

MATH-UA9 Algebra and Calculus

STUDENTS WHO WISH TO ENROLL IN THIS COURSE MUST MEET ONE OF THE FOLLOWING PREREQUISITES:

  • three years of high school math
  • permission of the department
  • placement through the departmental placement exam

MATH-UA121 Calculus I

STUDENTS WHO WISH TO ENROLL IN THIS COURSE MUST MEET ONE OF THE FOLLOWING PREREQUISITES:

  • a score of 650 or higher on the mathematics portion of the SAT
  • a score of 650 or higher on the SAT subject test in Mathematics 1
  • a score of 650 or higher on the SAT subject test in Mathematics 2
  • an ACT mathematics score of 30 or higher
  • a score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus AB exam (no credit)
  • a score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus BC exam (no credit)
  • a grade of C or higher in Algebra and Calculus (MATH-UA9)
  • placement through the departmental placement exam

MATH-UA122 Calculus II

STUDENTS WHO WISH TO ENROLL IN THIS COURSE MUST MEET ONE OF THE FOLLOWING PREREQUISITES:

  • a grade of C or better in Calculus I (MATH-UA121)
  • a score of 4 or higher on the AP Calculus AB exam (credit given for Calc I)
  • a score of 4 on the AP Calculus BC exam (credit given for Calc I with score of 4, Calc I and II with score of 5 on the BC exam only)
  • A-Level mathematics score of B or higher (anyone who took Further Mathematics should contact the math department as it varies depending on the exam board)
  • International Baccalaureate Higher Level of 6 or higher
  • placement through the departmental placement exam

For detailed information on math placement exams, visit http://math.nyu.edu/degree/undergrad/placement.html. Both the registration deadline and the exams themselves are given within a few weeks of the beginning of the semester.