The Mathematics Department offers exams to students who want to earn credit for MATH 221, MATH 222, and/or MATH 234. The exams are offered the first week of the fall and spring semester.
These exams are intended primarily for freshmen who have taken substantial calculus courses in high school, or for transfer students who did not get transfer credits for a calculus course taken at another institution, and who desire to establish college credits for MATH 221, MATH 222, or/and MATH 234. It is open to undergraduate students only.
Students who have been, or will be granted calculus credit by other means—such as through AP exams, transfer credit, etc.—do not need to take these exams.
Students can sign up for any credit exam but cannot get “backwards” or retroactive credit for prerequisite calculus courses if credit for those courses is not established by some means. Example: a student that passes the MATH 222 exam but does not pass the MATH 221 exam or have MATH 221 established somehow will not automatically be granted MATH 221 credit.
In such a case where a student establishes credit for a calculus course but not the prerequisite calculus courses, no fees are refunded, and it is up to individual programs/departments to decide how to treat students if they pass higher exams without credit for lower exam courses. Example: a student that established credit for MATH 222 via the credit exam but has not established MATH 221 credit may be required by a program/department to complete MATH 221 for course enrollment prerequisites or major requirements.
Calculators & Formula Sheets
The use of calculators or notecards is not permitted on the exams.
A formula sheet will be provided for the MATH 222 credit exams. The MATH 221 and 234 credit exams will not have a formula sheet provided.
Please refer to the full list of general credit by exam policies and restrictions.
Here are two important restrictions:
- Students may not take a credit exam for a specific course more than once.
- Students may not attempt a credit exam for any course they were previously enrolled in at UW-Madison beyond the initial semester add deadline. For example: if you are currently enrolled in MATH 221 for Fall 2020, you are still eligible to take the MATH 221 credit exam for Fall 2020, provided you were not enrolled in the course in a previous semester past that semester’s initial add deadline. If you were enrolled in MATH 221 for Fall 2020 past the initial semester add deadline and were hoping to take the MATH 221 credit exam in a future semester, you would not be eligible to do so.
- Note regarding MATH 217: students who were enrolled in MATH 217 past the initial semester add deadline are NOT permitted to take the MATH 221 calculus credit exam, as students who complete MATH 171 and 217 have completed the equivalent to MATH 221. Questions regarding this can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.