Placement Guidelines Based on AB Calculus Scores
Warning: Placement based solely on these test scores is not reliable. To use these guidelines successfully it is important to consider several common issues as you make your initial decision, and then adjust after the first few classes if necessary.
For an AB score of 3 or less:
- Take 101/102 or 103.
- SAT math > 700: Take 103.
- SAT math < 600: We recommend 101/102.
- 600 < SAT math < 700 and AB score of 3: Try 103.
- 600 < SAT math < 700 and AB score < 3: Consider 101/102.
AB Score of 4:
- You are eligible for 1 unit of AP credit for MAT103. Comparable to a grade of C in 103. Expect to work hard if you take 104.
- SAT math > 700: Take 104.
- SAT math < 600: Consider 103. You lose 1 unit of AP credit, but strengthen your precalculus and calculus foundations to prepare for higher math
courses should you need them.
AB Score of 5:
- You are eligible for 1 unit of AP credit for MAT103. Take 104 if you continue with calculus to be pre-med or to major in science, engineering, or
- Do not attempt 200, 201 or 203, even if some topics at the beginning of 104 seem familiar.
104 is a quite demanding course, and its later topics give a deeper understanding of limits and approximation that
you will need to do well in those courses.
- SAT math > 760 AND strong interest in math as a major: It is possible that
214 (Number Theory) or
215 (Analysis) is the right course for you. However, many students find these
introductory proof-based courses to be extremely challenging. Compared to the calculation-based courses usually
taught in high school, these courses introduce a completely new way
of doing mathematics. Check out the sample problems on the course web pages, and if you find them irresistibly
intriguing, you can give one of these courses a try. Consultation with the math placement officer is strongly
recommended. Hedge your position by attending the first few classes of 104 as well, just in case
you find that a rigorous proof course is not for you (yet).