Math Placement Testing

Choosing the right mathematics course can improve your overall academic experience at Oxford College. We encourage you to use the following resources to help make the right choice.

AP Scores in Mathematics and Computer Science

Students entering colleges and universities across the country vary considerably in their level of preparation in mathematics. As such, each student should select their mathematics courses in accordance with both their ability and their needs. Some entering students earn credit toward the MQR requirement through Advanced Placement tests. As a general rule, students may earn credit through Advanced Placement or through completing the comparable Oxford courses -- but not both. If credit is earned through Advance Placement, the lower level courses in the sequence may not be taken for credit. Specifics are as follows:

AP Calculus

A student earning a 4 or 5 on the AB test, or on the AB subset of the BC test, will receive 3 semester hours of credit for Math 111 but may not get credit for both AP Calculus and Mathematics 111.

A student earning a score of 4 or 5 on the BC test will receive six semester hours of credit with the single limitation that a student may not receive credit for both the AB and BC examinations. These six hours will include credit for Math 111 and Math 112. If a student elects to take Math 112 for credit, the student will retain only three hours of credit for Mathematics 111; a student forfeits all credit for AP Caculus BC when Mathematics 111 is taken for credit.

AP Statistics

A student earning a 4 or 5 on the AP examination in statistics may receive 3 semester credit hours for elective credit.

AP Computer Science

A student earning a 4 or 5 on the AP Computer Science A test will receive 3 semester hours for CS 170. Note: no credit is awarded for AP Computer Science Principles exam. 

Math Courses and Pre-Professional Programs

Pre-Health Students

Most medical schools do not require calculus or math, but a calculus course will strengthen your record if you do well in it. (Conversely, it will weaken your record if you do poorly in it.) In addition, calculus is required for certain majors at Emory. A course in statistics (Math 117) is often recommended by medical schools. For more information on this, see here.

Ultimately, you have to decide whether to take calculus. If you're interested in a medical school which requires or recommends calculus or a major which requires calculus, or if you simply like calculus, you should take it. If not, statistics is a good math class for a career in medicine.

With this in mind, pre-medical students have many different options relative to which mathematics course(s) they take, depending on their preparation level and major, and interests -- as the following examples suggest:

  • Math 117 only
  • Math 110 → Math 111
  • Math 110 → Math 111, Math 117
  • Math 111 only
  • Math 111, Math 117
  • Math 111 → Math 112
  • Math 112 only

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Pre-Business Students

With regard to math courses, pre-business students must ultimately have the following when they apply for the business school.

Math 111 or AP Calculus credit
Math 117 or AP Statistics credit

Depending on one's preparation level, additional mathematics courses may need to be taken as prerequisites to taking Math 111. In particular, Math 110 might be needed before Math 111.

Alternatively, students sufficiently prepared to take Math 112 as a first math course can meet the requirements by taking only Math 112 and Math 117.