Challenging a Course

Challenge Exam Overview

If a student thinks that they have sufficient knowledge to skip certain math courses, then they may do so by passing an exam.  Challenge Exams are only offered for the following two math courses:

  • Math 1000 College Math I
  • Math 1500 Precalculus

Earning course credit through a Challenge Exam is equivalent to passing a cumulative final exam.  A student will receive 4 credits for a course by scoring an 80% or higher on a Challenge Exam (without being required to actually take the course).   The course will be treated like a transfer course with credit but no grade and will not affect your GPA.

Challenge Exams cannot:

  • be retaken;
  • be taken for current courses;
  • be taken for courses previously taken at Wentworth;
  • be taken for credit if a student has already completed a course that is at a higher level than MATH1500.

Challenge Exams are optional and only open to students whose major requires these courses.

How to Prepare for a Challenge Exam

To prepare for an exam, see the study guides below:

The Department of Applied Mathematics offers these exams in January, June and September. 

Dates for MATH1000 and MATH1500 Challenge Exams:

  • Contact Dr. Mark Mixer,,  for a two hour appointment to take an exam.

What Students Must Bring to the Exam

On the day of the exam, each student must bring:

  • a picture ID
  • a pencil
  • a scientific, non-graphing calculator (for the MATH1000 Exam) or a TI-83+ or less powerful graphing calculator (for the MATH1500 Exam)

Each exam is two hours long.


Contact Professor Mark Mixer, Interim Department Chair of Applied Mathematics (