Department of Mathematics

Van Vleck Hall, 480 Lincoln Drive, Madison, WI


AP Credits/High School Courses/Transfer


1. AP Calculus Credits:

  •  BC score of 4 or 5: Math 221 and 222 credit
  •  BC score of 3: 3 math elective credits (qr-a satisfi ed) NEED to take the placement exam.
  •  BC score of 1 or 2: no credit NEED to take the placement exam.
  •  AB score or AB subscore of 4 or 5: Math 221 credit
  •  AB score or AB subscore of 3: 3 math elective credits (qr-a satisfi ed) NEED to take the placement exam.

NOTE: These rules apply to AP exams taken after August 2012. Old rules apply to exams taken prior to September 2012. See Math consultant ( with any question.

2. High School Courses:
  • Final exams given in some Wisconsin high schools establish credits for calculus. Some high schools also o ffer college level courses. See the math consultant for details.
3. Credit by Examination,
  •  Exam to establish credits for Math 221 and/or Math 222
  •  Recommended for foreign and transfer students who did not get credit for calculus even though they have had calculus before
  • Administered twice a semester, ussually the first Wednesday of each semester and before registration for next semester.
  •  Students can take the exam only ONCE.
  •  For information and sign up visit
4. Transfer from Other Universities:
  •  Students who took their last math course over a year ago are strongly encouraged to take the math placement exam on an advisory basis, even if they are not required to. Placement based on their past work alone is often inaccurate.
  • The Admissions office evaluates transfer courses. 
  • If the course did not transfer, check with Admissions  to find out why it did not transfer.  Possible causes :  course is not equivalent to any of the courses offered at UW-Madison, student did not submit a detailed syllabus, course did not covered most of the material required, etc.  See courses' description at
  •  all appeals to  the math department must be submitted to the Admissions office first.  Student should submit:
    • name of the institution, course number
    • a complete syllabus, including a list of topics covered, name of the textbook used with chapters covered
    • course web site (if available)

 See the Math Consultant ( for any questions.


UW-Madison Department of Mathematics
Van Vleck Hall
480 Lincoln Drive
Madison, Wi  53706

(608) 263-3054

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