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Because AIM attracts students with diverse backgrounds, one of the initial requirements is for all students to exhibit a sufficiently strong command of advanced undergraduate level mathematics to be ready to take appropriate graduate level mathematics courses. This is the goal of the written AIM Qualifying Review Examinations. Students may choose to pass any two threehour exams offered in the following three areas:
 Advanced Calculus & Complex Variables
 Differential Equations & Linear Algebra
 Probability & Discrete Mathematics
Incoming students must sign up to take two exams prior to beginning their coursework. Students not passing the exams on the first attempt will receive counseling regarding options (for example, remedial coursework) for enabling future success. The AIM Qualifying Review Examinations are offered twice each school year, once prior to the start of classes in the Fall semester and again prior to the start of classes in the Winter semester. Successful AIM Ph.D. students will pass two exams within three attempts, that is, by the beginning of the second year of study. Unsuccessful students may continue in the program for one further year to complete an AIM Master's degree.
About the AIM Qualifying Review (QR) Exams
Schedule
The AIM QR Exams will be offered IN PERSON this August. The 20242025 AIM Qualifying Review Exam Schedule is as follows:
August 14, 2024
Advanced Calculus & Complex Variables  2 pm5 pm in EH 1372
August 15, 2024
Differential Equations & Linear Algebra  2 pm  5 pm in EH 1372
August 16, 2024
Probability & Discrete Mathematics  2pm 5 pm in EH 1372
** If you think you need an accommodation for a disability, please contact the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Office located at G664 Haven Hall. The SSD phone number is 7347633000. Once your eligibility for an accommodation has been determined you will be issued a verified individual services accommodation (VISA) form. Please present this form to the mathgradoffice at least two weeks prior to the QR exam.
Exam Protocols & Procedures
There are three QR subjects: Advanced Calculus & Complex Variables, Differential Equations & Linear Algebra, Probability & Discrete Mathematics. The exams are written by a committee appointed by the chair of the Mathematics Department. The exams are based on the syllabi posted on the AIM website.
Each exam consists of 5 questions with a 3 hour time limit. Exams are administered in accordance with any accommodations granted and requested by a student’s Student Services Department Verified Individualized Services and Accommodations (VISA). Students put a 3digit secret number on the exam as an identifier instead of their name.
The exams are graded by the committee of examiners, who discuss the scores and assign pass/fail grades, based mainly on the results of the exam, but occasionally also on other factors.
The final results are shared with the faculty, communicated to the student by letter, and discussed between the student and the AIM director. AIM Ph.D. students must pass at least two of the three QR exams by the start of their third term.