Calculus Placement Test

The UNC Math Department Calculus Placement Tests are intended for students who know Calculus but do not have AP scores.  There are two placement tests:

  • CPT1 for student who know Calculus 1 (equivalent to the AP Calculus AB test) and want to place out of Calculus 1 (Math 231) and into Calculus 2 (Math 232), and
  • CPT2 for students who know Calculus 2 (equivalent to the AP Calculus BC test) and want to place out of Calculus 2 (Math 232) and into Multivariable Calculus (Math 233).

The Calculus Placement Tests are normally offered on the last business day before the first day of classes.  For Spring 2017, this is  Tuesday, January 9 from 1:00 – 3:00 and from 3:30 – 5:30 in Phillips 334.  You can take either CPT1 or CPT2 at either time.  Please register in advance using the link below, no later than 8:00 am on the morning of the exam. Please bring a photo ID and a pencil to the test.  You may use an ordinary or scientific calculator, although it is not necessary for any of the problems.  Graphing calculators are not allowed on the tests.

What UNC classes do CPT1 and CPT2 give placement credit for?  CPT1 gives placement credit for Math 231, which allows students to register for Math 232 and for other classes that require Math 231 as a prerequisite (as space permits).   CPT2 gives placement credit for Math 232 and allows students to register for Math 233 or other classes that require Math 232 as a prerequisite (as space permits).

Do the Calculus Placement Tests give the same course credit as taking Math 231 or Math 232?  No, students do not earn any course credits or units towards graduation by passing the Calculus Placement Tests.

If I want to place out of both Math 231 and Math 232, do I have to take both CPT1 and CPT2?   Yes, unless you already have placement credit for Math 231 from the AP Calculus AB exam, in which case you only have to take CPT2.

How do I place out of Multivariable Calculus?  There is no placement test for students who know Multivariable Calculus.  In exceptional circumstances, students may petition for placement credit for Math 233 with the Math Department faculty member in charge of placement, Dr. David Adalsteinsson.

Who should take the Calculus Placement Tests?
The Calculus Placement Tests are only for students who do not have placement by other means.  In particular, the test cannot be used to place out of Calculus by students who already registered for Math 231 (or Math 232) but withdrew or got an F in the class. In addition, students who have taken the AP exam are generally not eligible.

When will I find out the results? You’ll get an email the day after the test with a link to results.

If I pass CPT1 (or CPT2), how do I register for Math 232 (or Math 233) ? If you are successful on CPT1 (or CPT2), your record will be automatically updated on Connect Carolina within a few days to include placement credit for Math 231 (or 232).  Once your record is updated on Connect Carolina, you will be able to register for Math 232 (or 233), as space permits, either directly through Connect Carolina or with the help of the Undergraduate Student Services Manager for the Math Department.

How can I prepare for the Calculus Placement Tests?
CPT1 is similar to the final exam for Math 231, and CPT2 is similar to the final exam for Math 232, so you could use the posted review materials for Math 231 and 232 to prepare.  CPT1 covers material on the AP Calculus AB test, plus L’Hospital’s Rule.  This is equivalent to Chapters 2 – 5 in Stewart’s Calculus: Early Transcendentals textbook.  CPT2 covers material on the AP Calculus BC test. This is equivalent to Chapters 6, 7, 10, and 11 in Stewart’s Calculus: Early Transcendentals textbook.

Can I get accommodations for the Calculus Placement Tests? If you require accommodations for the placement exams, please contact Accessibility Resources & Services at accessibility@unc.edu or visit their website accessibility.unc.edu for more information.

Is there any other way to get placement credit for Math 231 or Math 232? Please see Math Department website for information on  placement using AP Calculus scores and IB scores.

Register to take the Calculus Placement Test here.

Please email linda.green@unc.edu with any questions.