Academic Test for Mathematics

All students at Champlain College are required to take at least one course in mathematics. Some students may take a Mathematics Challenge Exam to waive their particular requirement. You must score 70% or higher to pass a Challenge Exam. If you pass your Challenge Exam, you can either register for a higher-level math course or take an elective. The Challenge Exams are offered during New Student Orientation every fall. If you feel you are qualified to take an exam, please register here starting on July 1st.

Academic Test for Mathematics

College Algebra Challenge Exam: If College Algebra (MTH 120) satisfies the math requirement for your program of study, you have the opportunity to waive this requirement (no credit given) by passing the College Algebra Challenge Exam. These students may then register for MTH 125 (Algebra and Trigonometry) but are free to choose any qualifying elective. This choice should be made in consultation with an academic advisor. A practice exam can be found here: Download a Algebra Review sheet [PDF]

Algebra & Trigonometry Challenge Exam: Many programs require the completion of Calculus I (MTH 230). First year students are placed into this course or MTH 125 (Algebra & Trigonometry) based on high school records. If you have been placed into MTH 125 (Algebra & Trigonometry) but feel you are qualified to start with the Calculus course, you should register to take the Algebra & Trigonometry Challenge Exam. Students who pass this exam may then register for Calculus I (MTH 230). A practice exam can be found here: Download an Algebra and Trigonometry Review Sheet [PDF]

Calculus Challenge Exam: Students can have their Calculus I requirement waived (no credit given) by taking the Calculus Challenge Exam. This exam is intended for students who took Calculus in high school but scored a 3 or lower on the AP exam. Students who got a 4 or 5 on the AP exam will receive credit (3 college credits) for taking the course. All others must pass this exam to waive the requirement. Passing this test will count as a pre-requisite for all courses requiring Calculus but no credit will be given. There is no practice exam for this test.

Specific rules for taking the exams and additional details can be found here: Download the Challenge Exam Rule [PDF]. For more information on Challenge Exams, contact Dr. Melanie Brown at