Other Placement Guidelines (No AP Scores)
Warning: Placement based solely on these test scores is not reliable. This is particularly true for international students and for students coming from the IB program because we are less familiar with your background. 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.
- If you followed the math SL curriculum in the IB program, you should start calculus in 103
or 101/102. If you took the math HL
curriculum and scored at least a 6 on the IB exam, then we recommend that you start in 104. If you completed the optional
calculus topics as well as the required ones in the math HL program and if you scored a 7 on the IB exam, then you can probably start in 200
- If you got a B in math in the British A-levels exam, then we recomment that you start calculus in 104. If you got an A, then consider
200 or 201.
Good Grades in High School Calculus:
- If you took at least a year of high school calculus and you got good grades in those courses (at least a B plus) and if you have strong precalculus skills (Math SAT
score of 700 or more, or good grades in your high school algebra and trigonometry courses) then you can likely skip 103 and start your Princeton calculus
- However, be warned that many high school courses are not sufficiently rigorous to prepare you adequately. Use drop/add to switch down to 103
- Advice: Try a 103 exam. If you can actually solve at least half the problems in three hours, then you should be able to handle 104.
Students with a very strong Math background:
- Some students enter with a very strong background in mathematics and/or physics, including rigorous proof-based courses or experience at the international mathematics or physics olympiads. If you might want to be a math major and you believe that MAT214 or higher is the right placement for you, then consult the math placement officer at freshman registration or send e-mail in advance to