Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I am required to take a mathematics course for my proposed
major at UCSD?
A: You should go to the General
Catalog and choose the link titled Courses, Curricula
and Programs of Instruction. From there you can select your potential
major. Read the complete description of required and recommended courses to
determine whether that major requires a math course. For a quick list of majors requiring math courses, click the Majors Requiring Math link on the left.
Q: I do not have a math requirement for
my major. Must I take the Math Placement Exam (MPE)?
A: You should check with your UCSD
College academic advising office about mathematics requirements for your
college or go to the college orientation
Q: I do have to take a math course at
UCSD. Must I take the MPE?
A: See the Who
Takes the Math Placement Exam or Enrollment Requirements links or continue down this FAQ page.
Q: How do I register to take the MPE?
A: You do NOT register; just be at the scheduled place at the scheduled
time. See Test Dates.
Q: I took the AP Calculus exam but have
not received my score. Should I take the MPE?
A: You only need to take the MPE if you think you did poorly (i.e. a
score of 1) on the AP AB Calculus exam. See AP
Q: I took the AP Statistics exam. Do I
need to take the MPE?
A: Yes. The AP Statistics does not satisfy prerequisites for any calculus course.
Q: I took the IB Mathematics
Standard Level (SL) Exam. Do I need to take the MPE?
A: Yes. The IB Mathematics Standard Level (SL) Exam does not give you credit for
a UCSD math course, no matter what score you make. Only the IB Mathematics Higher Level (HL) and Further Mathematics exams can earn math credit (scores of 5, 6, or 7 only).
Q: I took calculus through a community
college while still in high school. Do I need to take the MPE?
A: If you passed the course with a C- or better you may enroll directly
into the next level calculus course without taking the MPE. Be sure to request
that the community college send your transcript to UCSD.
Q: I took AP Calculus in high school calculus class
but I did not take the AP exam and I did not receive college credit. Must I
take the MPE?
A: Yes, high school credit for a high school AP Calculus course does not satisfy any math prerequisite.
Q: Do I have to retake the MPE if I took it over a year ago?
A: Yes, your placement results are good for only one year.
Q: I qualified for Math 20A (or 10A) but
now the registration system says I do not have the prerequisite and will not
allow me to register for any section. What should I do?
A: Contact the Math Testing and Placement Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will check your record and clear you for
Q: I took precalculus at a community college. Am I exempt from
taking the MPE?
A: No, you must still take the MPE to qualify for enrollment in either Math10A or 20A.
If you still have unanswered questions about
math placement or the Math Placement Exam you may email your question to email@example.com.