This page is a brief summary of placement information in mathematics
for students admitted to Dartmouth. Detailed information can be
found on our Canvas site:
By late July, every incoming first-year student should have
received an email concerning Math Placement. If you do not
receive an email before orientation, please contact
Professor van Erp.
As detailed in the email, all math placement issues will be handled
via the Math Placement System hosted
If you have not taken such an exam, but have acquired a
background which you think merits advanced placement and/or
credit, you can take our local placement exams which can
also award advanced placement and credit. Local placement exams
for credit and/or placement will be available on the
Canvas site during the first week of August. Every credit/placement exam
must be completed by noon on September 8, 2021 to ensure correct
placement before enrolling in classes.
A few notes/caveats
Taking the department's placement exam can only provide you
with more options; you cannot receive a lower placement by
taking the department's exam, so you are strongly
encouraged to take it if you have taken some advanced
mathematics in the past. It is often the case that students midway through their career
decide to add a minor or second major and discover they
need credit for a calculus course as prerequisite. It costs
you very little time right now, but the potential payback is enormous.
Also, as mentioned in the information mailed to you over
the summer, it is in your best interest to review prior to
attempting these exams. You can try them only once, and
if you fail a placement exam, the default placements will
stand. This is not negotiable.
Finally a word about these prematriculation credits.
Courses for which you acquire credit through (local/internal or external)
placement exams will appear on your transcript as courses for
which you have received credit. Such prematriculation credits
do not count towards the number of
courses required for graduation, however, they do serve internally
to satisfy prerequistes for other courses you may wish to
take, and also appear to the outside world (e.g., medical
schools) as courses for which you have received credit.
Last modified on August 02, 2021
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