AP and IB Exam Credit

A score of 3 or higher on the AP Calculus AB or BC exam or a score of 5 or higher on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics exams

•  earns UCSC course credit,

•  satisfies the Mathematical and Formal Reasoning (MF) General Education requirement, and

• satisfies the mathematics requirement for the Psychology major.

AP Calculus AB

A score of 3 or higher earns 4 units of course credit

An AB score of 3 has course equivalency to AMS 3 and Math 3, and qualifies you to enroll in Math 11A or Math 19A.

An AB score of 4 or 5  has course equivalency to AMS 3Math 3, 11A, and 19A, and qualifies you to enroll in Math 11B,  19B, or 20A.

AP Calculus BC

A score of 3 or higher earns 8 units of course credit.

A maximum of 8 units granted for both Calculus AB and Calculus BC exams.

A BC score of 3 has course equivalency to AMS 3Math 3, 11A, and 19A, and qualifies you to enroll in Math 11B19B, or 20A.

A BC score of 4 or 5  has course equivalency to AMS 3Math 3, 11A11B19A, and 19B, and qualifies you to enroll in Math 20A, 22 or 23A.

IB HL Mathematics

A score of 5, 6, or 7 on the IB HL Mathematics or HL Further Mathematics earns 8 units of course credit,  has course equivalency to AMS 3Math 3, 11A, and 19A, and qualifies you to enroll in Math 11B19B, or 20A.

If you completed Topic 9 (Calculus) in HL Mathematics or completed HL Further Mathematics, you can petition the Mathematics Department for credit for Math 11B or 19B.

 

Cover your assets

If you're not completely confident that your AP or IB score will be high enough, or if you'd simply like to buff up your algebra and trig skills, you're welcome to assess in ALEKS PPL and use your ALEKS Learning Module for targeted review. Your highest score determines your placement, so you won't be risking anything—if your AP or IB exam score meets the placement criteria, your placement assessment score(s) in ALEKS won't influence your placement, but if your exam score turns out to be a mid-summer disappointment, having a head start in ALEKS can save you from a last minute scramble to complete placement before your Summer Orientation session.

4 Comments

  1. Hi, iI’ve taken IB Math and AP Calculus. However, I did not test out in the IB/AP tests. I took the classes and I received A’s (and one B one semester). Do I still have to take the ALEKS placement test?

    • You’ll need to assess in ALEKS PPL. We don’t use high school coursework for placement, just the exam scores.

      You should do just fine in ALEKS, but if for some reason you don’t place into the tier you want, please reassess. Some students need a little time to get used to ALEKS – I suspect that students who have done a lot of standardized test prep may have the most trouble, because ALEKS is so different from those tests – and with your math background, I think you’d be bored to tears in Precalculus.

  2. Hi, I got a five on the AP Calc AB exam and I was wondering if that was sufficient for the Math assessment. I took the ALEKS but do they take the highest score among the two?

    • High score wins!

      Congrats on your 5 on the AP exam! That satisfies math placement for you. Feel free to use your ALEKS Learning Module for a little brush up before the fall term starts, or to do a quick review if some old material feels a little wobbly during the quarter, but you’re good to go for enrollment.

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