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 three 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).
  • CPT3 for students who know Multivariable Calculus and want to place out of Math 233.

How do I sign up? Register to take the Calculus Placement Test here. Please register no later than midnight on the day before the test.

When is the placement test offered? The Calculus Placement Tests are normally offered around the last business day before the first day of classes.  For Spring 2021, it will be offered online on Monday, May 17 from 1 – 4 pm.  It will also be offered on Monday, August 16 from 1 – 4 pm. You can take CPT1, CPT2, CPT3 or more than one of these tests.

If you take more than one test, then you will be allowed additional time and a break in between tests — please be prepared to stay later.

Where is the placement test? May 2021 tests will be proctored online on zoom at the zoom Meeting ID 349 299 9188, URL: https://zoom.us/my/lindagreenunc. Please go to this URL at the start time for your exam.

What materials do I need for the test?

  1. A photo ID  
  2. A pencil  and paper for doing the problems
  3. A computer or tablet or phone
  4. Internet access
  5. Webcam / camera on your laptop, or another way of recording video.
  6. A Gradescope account (free, see details below).

You do not need a calculator.

What UNC classes do CPT1, CPT2, and CPT3 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). CPT3 gives placement credit for Math 233 and allows students to register for classes that require Math 233 as a prerequisite.

Do the Calculus Placement Tests give the same course credit as taking Math 231, Math 232, or Math 233?  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 more than one class, for example, both Math 231 and Math 232, then 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. Similarly, if you want to place out of both Math 232 and Math 233, then you need to take both CPT2 and CPT3 unless you already have placement credit for Math 232.

Who should take the Calculus Placement Tests?
The Calculus Placement Tests are intended 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 or Math 233) but withdrew or got an F in the class. In addition, students who have taken the AP exam are usually not eligible. Students may not retake a Calculus Placement Test.

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

If I pass CPT1 (or CPT2 or CPT3), how do I register for Math 232 (or Math 233 or other classes) ? If you are successful on CPT1 (or CPT2 or CPT3), your record will be automatically updated on Connect Carolina to include placement credit for Math 231 (or 232 or 233). However, it may take several days to several months for the update, so if you need to register for classes for the current semester and can’t wait, then the Undergraduate Student Services Manager for the Math Department can register you manually, space permitting.

How can I prepare for the Calculus Placement Tests?
CPT1 is similar to the final exam for Math 231, CPT2 is similar to the final exam for Math 232, and CPT3 is similar to the final exam for Math 233, so you could use the posted review materials for Math 231, Math 232, and Math 233 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 or Chapters 2 – 5 of Briggs 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, or Chapters 6, 8, 10, 11, and 12 in Briggs Calculus: Early Transcendentals textbook. Math 233 covers material Chapters 12 – 16 of Stewart’s Calculus: Early Transcendentals textbook, or Chapters 13 – 17 of Briggs 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, Math 232, or Math 233? Please see Math Department website for information on  placement using AP Calculus scores and IB scores. You can also get transfer credit if you take equivalent courses at another college or university.

What if I just want to place out of Math 110 (Algebra) or Math 130 (Precalculus)?  Please see Math Department website for information on  placement using ACT scores or SAT 2 Math Subject scores. There is also an ALEKS placement test for students who don’t have those scores.

What if I have additional questions? You should get an email with additional information about a week before the test, or if you register less than a week in advance, soon after you register. Please email greenl@email.unc.edu if you don’t receive this info email, or if you have additional questions.