The purpose of this exam is to identify students who have come to Duke with existing strong proficiency in second semester single variable calculus, at the level of Duke's Math 122L, but who do not have equivalent credits on their Duke record, and who would like to enroll in a multivariable calculus course for which such credit is an enforced prerequisite (such as Math 202 and Math 212).
Please be sure to read all of this discussion, and then enter your information below to register for the Math 122L Proficiency Exam. Note that this exam will be held shortly before the first day of classes each semester (late August, early January), and shortly before Spring Break for students interested in summer term courses.
When you register, you are registering for the next offering; there is no option for deferred registration. Ideally, all interested students should take the exam in August, as the exam is intended to identify students who have come to Duke already with the required strong proficiency in the material -- not to give students a means to choose self study instead of a calc 2 course after arriving at Duke. (We only offer the exam in January and March to serve students who genuinely did not find out about the enforced prerequisites in Math 202 and Math 212 before the August exam.) A passing performance on this exam will be retained by the Mathematics Department and can be used to register for Math 202 or Math 212 in any future term.
The precise time and location of the next offering will not be announced here; registered students will be notified by email once these details are set.
This exam is only intended for students who meet the following criteria:
- do not expect to have credit for Math 22 (AP/IPC credit), 112L, 122L, or 122 by the start of the term;
- are interested in being considered for a waiver of the second semester calculus prerequisite for Math 202 or Math 212;
- have not previously taken a second semester calculus course or a multivariable calculus course at Duke beyond the drop/add period (whether or not the course was completed or credit was awarded);
- have not previously registered for the Math 122L Proficiency Exam (even if you did not actually show up to take the exam at that offering).
- The material covered on this exam is most of the material of Math 122L (the prerequisite for our multivariable calculus courses that students are otherwise expected to take). You can find a current syllabus for this course at the link below. (Exceptions: lab applications specific to this course, such as "Varying Density" and "Chemical Rate Equations"; Fourier series; probability distributions and expected value.)
- If you have a 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam, but have not reported the score to Duke, you should do so ASAP in order to get credit for Math 22 on your Duke record. If you get that credit on your record in time, you will not need to take this exam.
- If you have a 5 on the AP Calculus BC exam and have received credit for Math 22 on your record, but you would still like to take this exam as a way of deciding if you might still want to take Math 122L, then that's fine! If you do poorly on this exam, you will retain your Math 22 credit and you are still eligible to enroll in multivariable calculus. So, if you have Math 22 credit, you can think of this exam as a risk-free means of gauging your readiness to move beyond single variable calculus.
- If you have taken a course elsewhere that might transfer as our Math 122, you should begin that process ASAP. If you get that credit on your record in time, you will not need to take this exam.
- It is the responsiblity of the student to have the appropriate prerequisite credits on their record before registering. Students will not be allowed to register for Math 202 or Math 212 if the prerequisite credit is not yet on their record, and alternative evidence that the credit should be forthcoming is not accepted.
- The level of performance expected on this exam is that of a strong student in our Math 122L. It is not the level of a high school calculus course, the level of the AP exam, or the level of a passing performance in Math 122L. Students whose performances on this exam are not satisfactory have significant potential to gain valuable knowledge by taking Math 122L in the Fall or Math 112L in the Spring, and should take one of these second semester calculus course at Duke.
- Students whose performance on this exam is deemed satisfactory must understand that this performance will still not result in *credit* for Math 122L, or any equivalent second semester calculus course. It is also not intended that this exam would serve as a possible means of bypassing major requirements for other departments; as such, on the basis of the outcome of this exam the Mathematics Department will not make recommendations to other departments concerning the application of their major requirements to a student, or confirm student performance on the exam.
- If one of your majors or minors requires credit for second semester calculus, they may accept credit for multivariable calculus in lieu of that requirement. Importantly, this choice is entirely at the discretion of that department, and the Mathematics Department has no such authority. If you are interested in this possibility, you must be sure to get written permission from the Director of Undergraduate Studies for that department.
- If it is determined that you registered for and/or took the Math 122L Proficiency Exam despite not meeting the above listed qualifications, you will not receive a permission number (or if you have already used a permission number to register for multivariable calculus will be removed from the course). Depending on the circumstances, such a student might be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.