Bryn Mawr College offers credit for merit scores on AP, IB Higher Level, and other exams. In particular, a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus BC Exam earns credit for both Math 101 (Calculus 1) and Math 102 (Calculus 2). A score of 4 or 5 on either the AP Calculus AB Exam or the AB subsection of the BC exam earns credit for Math 101. A score of 5, 6, or 7 on the IB Higher Level Exam earns credit for both Math 101 and 102. Students entering with credit for both Math 101 and Math 102 should enroll in Math 201 (Multivariable Calculus) as their first course.
The math department strongly encourages students entering without advanced placement credit to take a math placement exam. The math placement exams are designed to help students decide which course is right for them. The Math Readiness Exam helps students decide among Quan 111 (Modeling Change with Functions), Math 104 (Basic Probability and Statistics), and Math 101 (Calculus 1). The Calculus Placement Exam helps students decide between Math 101, Math 102 (Calculus 2), and Math 201 (Multivariable Calculus).
The results of placement exams are not binding. They provide a recommendation only. Students should register for the course in which they feel the right balance between comfort and challenge.
Questions concerning the placement process should be directed to Amy N. Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org.