I scored 4 or 5 on the Calculus AP AB exam. Do I need to take the math placement exam?

No. As long as your score has been sent to Carleton, you can register for Math 120 without taking the placement test.

I scored 4 or 5 on the Calculus AP BC exam. Do I need to take the math placement exam?

No. As long as your score has been sent to Carleton, you can register for Math 211 without taking the placement test.

Which math placement test should I take?

Please consult with our decision tree. If you are still unsure, please email our Math Placement advisor mathplacement@carleton.edu.

What is the difference between Math 210 and Math 211?

Math 211 is a course only for students who have a 4 or 5 on the AP Calculus BC test (or equivalent IB/High School experience).   

Math 210 is the third course in our Math 111-120-210 calculus sequence that can be taken by students who don’t have AP Calc BC experience. Students start this sequence in either Math 111 or in Math 120.

Students who’ve completed either Math 210 or 211 will have seen the same topics regardless of which path they take. 

See the calculus course topics FAQ below for an overview of where topics are covered in these two different paths.

I scored 4 or 5 on the Calc AP BC exam. Do I really need to take Math 211 to register for Math 232 or Math 240?

Yes! These courses assume knowledge of multivariable topics that are not covered in the AP BC curriculum. See the calculus course topics FAQ below for an overview of topics.

How do AP Calculus course topics align with our calculus courses?

AP AB AP BC Math 101/111 Math 120 Math 210 Math 211
Derivatives and integrals (one variable) X X X
Integration by parts, improper integrals X X
Multivariable calculus topics X X X
Differential equations X X X
Parametric equations and polar coordinates X X X
Sequences and Series X X
Vectors and vector geometry X X X