Optional Advanced Placement Exam for Math 2802

The School of Mathematics will be piloting an advanced placement exam for Math 2802, Applications of Linear Algebra, for the Spring 2020 term, in lieu of offering this course. Please note, at this time, we are only offering this option for Spring 2020. As we cannot guarantee that this option will be offered in future terms, and as Math 2802 has been discontinued, we strongly recommend all students who are considering a CS or ECE major take Math 1554 instead of Math 1553.


This exam is being offered to CS and ECE students who are in need of an additional two credit hours of linear algebra in order to satisfy their major degree requirements.


Only students who are CS, CM, or ECE majors, and have successfully completed Math 1553 or Math 1502 with a “C” or higher, and have not attempted Math 1554, are eligible to take this exam. If you have already attempted Math 1554 in any way (for example, if you are currently in Math 1554, or if have a W for Math 1554, or if you earned a D or F in Math 1554), you CANNOT take this test. This test is only for students who have not attempted 1554 in any way. No exceptions will be made to this policy.

Exam Dates

The exam will be administered three times. The tentative dates and times are: Friday, December 13, 2019, from 8:00-10:00 am; Tuesday, January 7, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 pm; and Friday, May 1, 2020, from 8:00-10:00 am. Locations will be announced to the registered students as the dates approach.


  • There is no fee for this exam.
  • Students must register for the exam at this link: MATH 2802 Placement Exam no later than one week prior to the exam date.
  • Registered students will be added to a Canvas course that contains video lectures and practice problems to help prepare you for the exam. We recommend registering as early as possible so that you will have time to study these materials.
  • The exam may only be taken twice. If a student fails the exam twice, then the student will need to either take Math 1554, or take an upper-level linear algebra class, such as Math 3406, to satisfy the major requirements.
  • If a student earned a grade of “D” or “F” in Math 1553, then the student should take Math 1554 to satisfy the major requirements.
  • Students who pass this optional exam will be granted two credit hours of Math 15X4, Transfer Linear Algebra. The course will show on the student transcript, but will not count in the overall GPA. Combining these credits with Math 1553 will satisfy the linear algebra requirement for CS and ECE students.
  • A passing grade on the exam would be a “C” or higher, which is typically a minimum score of 70%.

Please direct any additional questions to academics@math.gatech.edu.