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Calculus Readiness

Some majors in the following Schools and Colleges require that you meet a calculus readiness requirement in order to be considered for admission. 

  • Cockrell School of Engineering: All majors
  • College of Liberal Arts: Environmental Science (Geographical Sciences)
  • College of Natural Sciences: Environmental Science (Biological Sciences)
  • Jackson School of Geosciences: All majors

Freshman applicants can demonstrate calculus readiness by submitting one of the following by the applicable admissions deadline:

  • SAT Math score of 620 or above (test must be taken in March 2016 or later)*
  • ACT Math score of 26 or above*
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus AB or BC test score of 3 or higher
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) HL or SL Mathematics score of 4 or higher
  • Official college or university transcript showing credit for a college-level Calculus I (or higher) course with a grade of B or higher
  • Official high school transcript showing credit for a Calculus I (or higher) course with a grade of B or higher
  • UT Math Assessment (UTMA) score of 70 or higher.

Share Your Results
Make sure to have your SAT, ACT, AP or IB scores sent to UT Austin if you’re planning to use your test scores as proof of calculus readiness. If you are using earned college credit, we need your official college transcript showing the credit. This can be sent electronically from the college or mailed to the Office of Admissions.

Please note that the calculus readiness markers above do not always exempt you from taking additional math placement exams for enrollment in calculus. The exception to this is a UT Math Assessment score of 70. This will count as placement into calculus as well as readiness for admissions purposes.

*Note for freshman applicants for Fall 2023 not submitting the SAT or ACT for admissions purposes: If you elected not to use your test scores in the admissions review process, you may still send your test scores in for the purposes of meeting the calculus readiness requirement.  Your scores will ONLY be used for the purpose of meeting calculus readiness if you meet the minimum scores required. Official scores must be sent directly from the testing agency and they must be received by December 9.