Meeting our maths requirements

Improving your maths and filling any deficiencies

If you are offered a place at AUC it may be conditional on your filling a gap in your maths skills in order to meet the requirements for your desired major. For small deficiencies in your maths, it may be possible to undertake independent coursework to prove that you’ve fulfilled the requirements by the time you start at AUC.

Upon offering you a place, AUC will advise you on the size of any deficiency you may have in maths and any further conditions you will have to meet before you can be admitted to AUC. Below we outline some of the options that we may recommend to you for meeting those conditions.

For any deficiency determined to be too large to remediate before the start of the academic year for which you have applied, you will be advised to first complete additional mathematics coursework before your application can be evaluated.

Courses through SOWISO and OMPT tests

For those with a small deficiency in maths, AUC recommends that you complete the OMPT (Online Mathematics Placement Tests) exams provided by SOWISO as proof that you have fulfilled (or will fulfil) the deficiency. It may be the case that you will need to complete one of SOWISO’s online test preparation courses prior to taking the OMPT exams in order to achieve a sufficient score on the OMPT to be admitted to AUC.

SOWISO’s courses are given through a digital learning environment and may be started at any time during the year, meaning you can begin working on completing the courses as soon as you’ve been informed of your conditional acceptance.

You can find more information about fulfilling a small deficiency in mathematics per major below.

Sciences majors 

If you are applying to be a Sciences major at AUC and have a small deficiency in your maths, then you will be required to show that you have fulfilled this deficiency by passing the OMPT-B Exam with a 75% or above before the semester begins in the year you wish to start at AUC.

It may be the case that you must first complete certain courses in the SOWISO digital learning environment in addition to passing the OMPT-B Exam. These courses may consist of:

  • Pre-calculus
  • Calculus 

You can find more information about each of the courses above by visiting their website. 

Social Sciences majors 

If you are applying to be a Social Sciences major at AUC and have a small deficiency in your maths, then you will be required to show that you have fulfilled this deficiency by passing the OMPT-A Exam with a 75% or above before the semester begins in the year you wish to start at AUC.

It may be the case that you must first complete certain courses in the SOWISO digital learning environment in addition to passing the OMPT-A Exam. These courses may consist of:

  • Basic Maths
  • Pre-calculus
  • Statistics

You can find more information about each of the courses above by visiting their website. 

Humanities majors

Humanities majors have two options for fulfilling their maths requirement should they have a small deficiency. If you do not meet the maths requirement for your desired Humanities major, we recommend that you take the OMPT-A Exam or take the SAT Subject Test Mathematics Level 1.

OMPT-A Exam

Although we do not require a minimum overall average for the OMPT-A Exam for prospective Humanities majors, you should aim to score at least 75% in the categories of numbers, algebra, and linear formulas and equations, and at least 50% in the categories of systems of linear equations, quadratic equations and functions. It may be the case that you must take certain courses provided by SOWISO before completing the OMPT-A Exam. These courses may consist of:

  • Basic Maths
  • Statistics

SAT Test Mathematics Level 1

For the SAT subject test, a score of 600 or higher will be accepted. (See link below for SAT international test dates and registration deadlines, AUC's College Board code is 6700.) We recommend you take practice tests to prepare.

Alternative proof

If you wish to fill your maths deficiency in a different way or offer alternative proof, then you must check with AUC Admissions well in advance that it can be accepted.

Students4You

If you are taking your final secondary school exams this summer and want to get the best possible grades, you may be interested in the services of Students4You. This is an organisation set up and run by AUC students (completely independently of AUC) which offers personalised support for exam preparations. Created with prospective AUC students in mind, current AUC students offer tuition in a range of subjects including mathematics, sciences and languages. Follow the link below for more information.

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Published by  Amsterdam University College

30 August 2019