AP credit and placement test!

<p>I took AP Calculus BC this may and I am expecting a score of 3. According toJHU's AP credit policy, I will get four credits for Calculus1 and I will have to take Calculus2. By taking the Math Placement test, can I also get credit for Calculus2 and directly take Calculus3?</p>

<p>I believe that taking the placement test will allow you to get placed into Calc III but as far as I know, the online placement test does not give you credit for any lower level courses. I believe the only way to get credit for Calc II is to have AP/IB credit or transfer credit. While I would definitely recommend taking the credit for Calc I and taking Calc II, I would be cautious with trying to get into Calc III. The math department recently published some data about academic performance of students who came in with AP credit, and among students who came in with a 4 on the BC test, <10% got A's and ~20% for B's in Calc III, with the vast majority (~60%) ending up with C's. [1</a>]</p>

<p>Thanks for the reply tanman. I am an international and took the AP exam with minimal preparation in a limited time period. So, my performance in the AP exam might not be indicative of my actual potential.</p>

<p>Your post is a little confusing as I am not that familiar with the whole process.
You said," I believe that taking the placement test will allow you to get placed into Calc III but as far as I know, the online placement test does not give you credit for any lower level courses. I believe the only way to get credit for Calc II is to have AP/IB credit or transfer credit."
Could you please clarify as to what you mean when you say that I cannot get credit for Calc II but can still be placed into Calc III by the placement test? I mean I always thought that getting directly into Calc III was by getting credit in Calc II.</p>

<p>My understanding (someone else may be able to clarify) is that the placement test will allow you to take Calculus III (normally Calculus II is a prerequisite) but it will not give you credit for Calc II, so Calc II will not show up on your transcript as a completed course and you will not get any credits for it. That means that if your major requires, say 16 credits of math, you will not be able to count Calc II towards that total. Essentially, the purpose of the placement test is for people who didn't take the AP test but who took calculus in high school to jump forward and take more advanced classes, but it won't reduce the total number of math classes you have to taken.</p>

<p>(This is based on what I remember from my freshman year, so it's 6 year old information and may have changed - I would contact Dr. Richard Brown, the director of undergrad studies in the math department, to find out for sure (Professional</a> Existence))</p>

<p>I took AP Calculus AB in high school and scored a 5. I then took the placement test that summer. My score allowed me to skip into Honors Multivariable Calculus (110.211). I received 4 credits for my AB score, but I did not receive any credit for Calculus II. However, I contacted the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Richard Brown, and he waived it for me. So I did not receive credit for Calc II, but on my transcript it appears as "waived."</p>

<p>On a side note, you may not want to take Calc III. I refer you to this blog entry from Richard Brown: The</a> Chalkboard: New Advice for Incoming Freshmen....</p>