<p>Is this a good idea? From what I've heard, college calculus goes much more in-depth than AP calculus does.</p>

<p>No, it doesn't. Just start with Calc 3. You may learn how to integrate hyperbolic sine or something, but you won't learn anything important.</p>

<p>how did you do on the AP exam, and do you feel that you have a good grip on the material? Also, what is your major?

If you did not do well on the AP exam, you may consider starting at Calc 2 instead of 3. Or if you have no idea "how" you got a passing grade on the AP exam because you felt lost taking it, you may want to start with 2.

If you are going into a degree that requires a special math sequence for your major, you may want to discuss which math to take with your advisor/deanto make the decision.</p>

<p>Don't do it unless you want to ruin your GPA.</p>

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<p>Why would it ruin my GPA? Isn't most of it review?</p>

<p>Find the names of professors at your school teaching Calculus I and then look for their course webpages. Many professors post past tests and solutions and those for the just finished semester. Take the tests and see how you do. If you do fine on the tests, repeat for Calculus II. At some point, you should get a feel for where to start.</p>

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Calc 1 and 2 are sometimes weeder courses</p>

<p>I started in Calc 1 but then I only had Calc AB with a 4 on the exam. Calc 1 was all review to me and I got an A+ no problem and that review helped me get an A in Calc 2 with some effort even though it was a weeder course. I don't regret that I made that decision but I wasn't that confident in math going in. I would only retake it if you don't feel that confident in what you learned.</p>

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Many of my classmates said that it was LESS in depth than their high school AP Calculus class. Some colleges don't even let you take Calc 1+2 if you passed the BC exam. It only makes sense if thought your AP score was a fluke or the Calculus courses are theory based instead of computation based (if the questions are more like "prove this" instead of "solve this integral by trig substitution" then it would be a good idea to retake).</p>

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<p>I've found that personally, the more I know about a subject the less inclined I am to study, and I end up doing worse.</p>

<p>If you get a 5, take the most advanced course that your university recommends you to take. Don't waste your time repeating what you already know.</p>

<p>If you get a 3, then you probably want to consider starting over.</p>

<p>See if old final exams for first and second semester freshman calculus courses at the university are available to check you calculus knowledge.</p>

<p>go in to the college's website and check the syllabus and booklist for each class you are considering....then go to a library (a college library) and look at the books..it will help you figure out where you belong</p>

<p>Start from Calculus 3. It makes so much sense and is intuitive. I don't understand why they teach single-variable calculus first without even mentioning about multi-variable calculus.</p>

<p>I had a 4 on BC and ended up with an A in Calculus 3 in college. But then again, most freshman in the class got Bs and Cs.</p>

<p>I started with Calc 3, after passing both the HL Math and BC exams. Those who were in my BC class and took Calc 2 said it was a waste of time.</p>

<p>I got a 4 on AB, took Calc 2 my freshman year, and I was fine. DO follow the advice given by your uni or its math department.</p>