Under special circumstances, students may apply to obtain academic credit for certain courses through a Departmental Proficiency Examination ("credit-by-exam"). Before applying for credit-by-exam, review the University policies on Credit-by-Exam. Note especially,

  • every application must be approved by the Math Undergraduate office.  Approval is not guaranteed.
  • credit-by-exam cannot be given for a course (or a similar course) in which the student has remained registered at UMD beyond the Schedule Adjustment Period (this includes a "W" in the transcript).  For example, if you have registered for MATH220 beyond schedule adjustment, you will not be allowed to take MATH140 CBE. 
  • credit-by-exam cannot be used to change a grade.
  • credit-by-exam may be taken only once for the each course.
  • when credit-by-exam is to be used for a CORE or major requirement, the credit-by-exam must be taken for a letter grade (not Pass-Fail)
  • a fee is charged with each application for a credit-by-exam test

Note also,

  • Credit-by-exam is only appropriate when a student has taken a similar course elsewhere without being able to transfer it to UMD
  • Credit-by-exam is not intended to be an option by which a student gets credit for a UMD course by auditing it and then taking the Proficiency Examination
  • The Undergraduate Advising Office reserves the right to deny CBE applications which it deems appropriate

Math Courses Eligible for Credit-by-Exam Tests:

  • The Mathematics Department offers credit-by-exam only for the following courses:
    MATH 130, 131, 140, 141, 220, 221, 240, 241 and 246
  • Credit-by-exam for MATH 212, 213, 214 is offered only to graduate students
  • MATLAB on credit-by-exam tests in MATH 240, MATH 241 and especially MATH 246)
  • As a rule, if a student has remained registered at UMD beyond the Schedule Adjustment period in a math course, then the student is not eligible for credit-by-exam in that course or any closely related course. For example, MATH 130, 140 and 220 are closely related in this sense; likewise MATH 131, 141 and 221 are closely related

Guidelines:

  • Students are expected to be well-prepared for the credit-by-exam tests
  • Students are not allowed to bring notes, books, calculators, or any other unauthorized material to the exam
  • Student are encouraged to review final exams from previous semesters, to prepare and to assess their readiness for the credit-by-exams tests.  Final exams from previous semesters are available at the Mathematics Department's TESTBANK. It is also very wise to check the list of topics for a course in our online syllabi; a student can drop a letter grade on an exam by being unprepared for one topic. We often see students who think they are well prepared and do very poorly on our proficiency exams.

Grades:

  • The credit-by-exam is not a "no-stakes" test -- you can decline to accept the letter grade from a graded test, but even in this case you have something to lose by a bad performance:
    • If you turn in the CBE exam for grading and do not accept the grade, then you get a W on your transcript for the course
    • If you take the CBE exam for a course and do not hand it in for grading (don't hand it in if you think the grade will be bad!), then you will not get anything on your transcript, but it will still count as a "try".
    • If you register to take a CBE and later need to cancel  the registration, please kindly provide notice one business day in advance.  There will be no refunds for missed exam.

Steps for taking credit-by-exam

  1. Pick a Credit-by-Exam form from Letters and Sciecnes, Room 1117 in Hornbake Library. Graduate Students can pick up forms at the Graduate School, Room 2117 Lee Building.
  2. Fill out the form and bring it to the Undergraduate Office (no need to attach transcript).
  3. You will be notified by email whether your application is approved.  If approved, stop by the Math Undergraduate Office to pick up the approval form and bring it to the Bursar's Office in the Lee Building to pay the exam fee.  
  4. On the day of the exam (see below), at 11:45 am, bring the payment receipt and approval form to the Undergraduate Math Office.  You will be led to the exam site to take the exam.
  5. When you take the exam, you have the option to not turn it in for grading. In this case, nothing at all will appear on your official transcript. (However, it will still count as a "try" in the math department: you get one try for credit-by-exam for any course.) If you think you will get a bad grade, then you probably don't want to turn the exam in for grading; if you turn it in for grading, you will get a grade or a "W" on your transcript.
  6. After you take the exam, the exam will be graded. The grading procedure may take longer in the summer, over breaks, and during holidays.
  7. After the exam has been graded, you must come in to the Undergraduate Math Office and sign a form saying that you either accept or reject the grade. If you do not contact us within eight (8) weeks of the date you took the exam, your paperwork will be sent back to Hornbake Library and put on file. They may not allow you to take credit by exam again if you are negligent in keeping your exam appointment or in signing your paperwork. A grade cannot be submitted to Records if you do not sign the form.
  8. If you do not accept the grade, then instead of the grade your transcript will have recorded a "W".

Upcoming credit-by-exam dates

Credit-by-Exams tests are offered twice a year.
You should complete the application for a credit-by-exam test at least one week before its scheduled date, to allow for the preparation of an exam.
The day of the test, show your receipt 15 minutes before the exam in room MATH 1117.  You will then be directed to the exam room.

Upcoming Credit-By-Exam dates:
(Generally, exams will be given during the week preceeding the start of the next semester's classes.  Under special circumstances, exams may also be given during Uniform Finals, if requested.)

  • January 19, 2018 (Friday)
  • August 22, 2018 (Wednesday)

These exams are generally given 12:00-2:00 P.M.  A MATH 246 exam takes 20 minutes longer (i.e. is given 12:00 - 2:20 P.M.). If you have questions, please contact: Ida Chan, Mathematics Advisor, 301-405-7582, .