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Mathematics requirements

Details of maths required for admission

Mathematics plays a vital and unseen role in many aspects of modern life. At AUC, you will start with maths and research methods courses relevant to your major in your first year and often in your first semester. You must therefore have enough experience in maths when you start at AUC, as you will need those skills from the very first day of class.

Required maths varies per major

You must have taken maths as an examination subject at secondary school and achieved a good grade in the appropriate level of maths. In general, the higher your level of maths, the wider your range of options in terms of major. Different majors require different skills in maths and you can find the requirements per major in the foldouts below.

  • Maths requirements for Sciences majors

    If you want to major in Sciences, the following are accepted as proof that you meet the maths requirements:

    • Final (rounded) grade 8 or higher in VWO maths B (wiskunde B)*
    • Grade B or higher, GCE A-level maths
    • International Baccalaureate
      • Grade 6 or 7 in International Baccalaureate Standard Level Mathematics, or a Grade 5 or higher in International Baccalaureate Mathematics Higher Level
      • Grade 5 or higher in Analysis & Approaches Higher Level, or Grade 6 or higher in Applications & Interpretation Higher Level, or Grade 6 or higher in Analysis & Approaches Standard Level
    • Grade 8 or higher in European Baccalaureate 5-period maths
    • Grade 3 or higher, AP Calculus AB, examined by the College Board
    • Average grade 11 or higher in maths in the German Abitur taken as a Leistungsfach
    • A final grade of 15 or higher in Specialty, or a final grade of 14 or higher in Expert in the French Baccalauréat
    • Grade H2 (or H1) in higher level maths on Irish Leaving Certificate 
    • Grade 8 or higher in Italian Liceo Scientifico maths or a final grade of at least 9 in Italian Liceo Classico maths

    * A grade of 7.5 or higher in the central exam for VWO maths B (wiskunde B) may be accepted, but only when the school grade is so low that a central exam grade of 7.5 represents a recent and significant improvement in performance.

    Maths programme not listed? Take the OMPT-B Exam

    Please note that if your specific math programme is not listed above, you will need to provide the results of the OMPT (Online Mathematics Placement Test) set for your major before 1 July. For Sciences majors, this is the OMPT-B Exam. You can learn more about which OMPT math tests per major via the link below.

  • Maths requirements for Social Sciences majors

    If you want to major in Social Sciences, the following are accepted as proof that you meet the maths requirements:

    • Final (rounded) grade 8 or higher in VWO maths level A (wiskunde A)*
    • Grade A in GCE AS-level maths, or grade C or higher in GCE A-level maths
    • International Baccalaureate
      • Grade 6 or higher in Mathematics, Application & Interpretation Higher Level, or
      • Grade 5 or higher in Mathematics, Analysis & Approaches Standard Level
    • Grade 7 or higher 5-period maths or Grade 8 or higher in 3-period maths in European Baccalaureate
    • Grade 3 or higher, AP Statistics, examined by the College Board
    • Average grade 11 or higher in maths in the German Abitur taken as a Leistungsfach
    • A final grade of 15 or higher in Complimentary, or a final grade of 14 or higher in Specialty, or a final grade of 13 or higher in Expert in the French Baccalauréat
    • Grade B2 in higher level maths on Irish Leaving Certificate 
    • Grade 7 or higher in Italian Liceo Scientifico maths or a final grade of 7 or higher in Italian Liceo Classico maths

    * A grade of 7.5 or higher in the central exam for VWO maths A (wiskunde A) may be accepted instead, but only when the school grade is so low that a central exam grade of 7.5 represents a recent and significant improvement in performance.

    Maths programme not listed? Take the OMPT-A Exam

    Please note that if your specific math programme is not listed, you will need to provide the results of the OMPT (Online Mathematics Placement Test) set for your major before 1 July. For Social Sciences majors, this is the OMPT-A Exam. You can learn more about which OMPT math tests per major via the link below.

  • Maths requirements for Humanities majors

    If you want to major in Humanities, the following are accepted as proof that you meet the maths requirements:

    • Final (rounded) grade 8 or higher in VWO maths level C (wiskunde C)*
    • Grade A, (I) GCSE maths (7 or higher in new grading scheme)
    • International Baccalaureate
      • Grade 7, International Baccalaureate Mathematical Studies
      • Grade 4 or higher in Analysis & Approaches Standard Level, or Grade 7 in Applications & Interpretation Standard Level
    • Grade 7 or higher in European Baccalaureate 3- or 5-period maths
    • Average grade 11 or higher in maths in the German Abitur taken as a Leistungsfach
    • A final grade of 14 or higher in Complimentary, or a final grade of 13 or higher in Specialty, or a final grade of 12 or higher in Expert in the French Baccalauréat
    • Grade C3 or higher in higher level maths or Grade A1 or higher in ordinary level maths on Irish Leaving Certificate
    • Grade 6 or higher in Italian Liceo Scientifico maths or a final grade of 6 or higher in Italian Liceo Classico maths
    • 600 or higher in the SAT Subject Test Mathematics Level 1 or in the mathematics section of the SAT reasoning test (AUC's College Board code is 6700)

    * A grade of 7.5 or higher in the central exam for VWO maths C (wiskunde C) may be accepted instead, but only when the school grade is so low that a central exam grade of 7.5 represents a recent and significant improvement in performance.

    Maths programme not listed? Take the OMPT-C Exam or SAT Test Mathematics Level 1

    For Humanities majors, if your specific math programme is not listed, you will need to provide the results of the OMPT-C Exam (Online Mathematics Placement Test) or (only for Humanities majors) the results of the SAT Test Mathematics Level 1. You can learn more about the OMPT math test and SAT Test Mathematics Level 1 via the link below.

Is your maths programme not listed above?

You will need to take an OMPT math test

Please note that if your specific math programme is not listed on our website under the foldout sections above, you will need to provide the results of the OMPT (Online Mathematics Placement Test) set for your major. This is mandatory. 

Deadline to submit OMPT test results: 1 July

For all prospective students taking OMPT tests, you will need to submit your final results showing that you passed with the required score before 1 July if you're planning to start at AUC in September of the same year. For example, if you are applying to start at AUC in September 2023, then you will have to submit your OMPT scores showing that you passed the appropriate exam before 1 July 2023.

You can learn more about which OMPT maths tests are required per major via the link below.

Preference for candidates who submit OMPT results before 1 April 2023

Prospective students who complete the OMPT exams earlier, preferably before 1 April 2023,  will be prioritised in the offer selection rounds. This means that students who have taken and submitted their OMPT exam results before 1 April 2023 will have priority in being made an offer of admission over those who plan to take the exam later (i.e. those who have only indicated that they intend to take the OMPT exam and submit their results before 1 July 2023, but have not yet done so by 1 April 2023). Please note that all applications submitted before the respective deadlines (1 December 2022 and 1 February 2023) will still be reviewed without the results of an OMPT exam.

Cost of OMPT test may be covered by AUC
In the case that your maths system is not listed above and you will take the OMPT test before 1 April 2023, you may be eligible to have the cost of your OMPT test covered by AUC. Please contact the admissions team to discuss the details of having these costs covered by sending an email

Advice on meeting the maths requirements

You can apply to AUC if you are still working on improving your maths or have not yet taken your final exams. If you are offered a place at AUC, it will be on condition that you meet the requirements before your intended start date. AUC will advise you on the size of any maths deficiency you might have and give you advice on how you can fill it in order to meet the requirements (see link below for advice on filling gaps in your maths skills). In most cases, the Admissions Office will advise you to take the OMPT test for your desired major.