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Placement Testing Exemptions

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The only way a student can be exempted from the Math Placement Test is to have college credit for a GEP level course. College credit for a GEP level course can be achieved four ways:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) Exams—courses without the test do NOT exempt a student from the Placement Test
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Exams
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Testing
  • Transfer credit that transfers in as an ACTUAL Math GEP level course that satisfies the Math for your major, and not a “100-level Elective”—this credit MUST be on file with the Office of the Registrar by Orientation or before you register for courses.

If you are transferring from any community college in Maryland, you can use the ARTSYS website as a guide for transferring courses. Please note that UMBC’s transfer policies may change without being reflected on the ARTSYS website. Please visit the Office of the Registrar’s website for more information about transfer credit and transfer policies.

The Academic Success Center does NOT handle any external testing scores.

Scores must be sent from the testing institution to UMBC. For AP and CLEP testing, UMBC’s CEEB code is 5835.

The following chart will explain which tests give exemptions for which Placement Test.


Placement Test
Corresponding AP Exam and Scores Corresponding IB Exam and Scores Corresponding CLEP Exam and Scores Corresponding Transfer Credit
Math Placement Test
Calculus AB (3 or higher) AB subscores do NOT exempt students from the Math Placement Test


Calculus BC (3 or higher)

Math (Higher level only; 5 or higher)


Math with Further Math (Higher level only; 5 or higher)

Calculus (51 or higher) Any course that transfers in exactly as a GEP level Math for your major. (See Placement Goals for more information)